The Legend of Stamford Continues…

Warren Klein is new to the Stamford scene but is here to share how his new move turned out better than expected. He gets by with a little help from his new Zog friends. 

When I moved to Stamford in September without knowing anyone in the area, I half expected to spend my evenings like an old cat lady, without the cats: talking to myself and shuffling around aimlessly.  Don’t get me wrong, I have great conversations with myself, but I always know what I’m about to say and finish my own sentences, which can be frustrating since I hate being interrupted.  I knew I needed to reach out into the city of Stamford and see what I could find; otherwise a trip to the looney bin may have been in order.

Enter Zog, no, not the gate keeper, nor the key master, but a great organization that sweats fun, and bleeds awesome.  I found them at the recommendation of a friend from New York. This was apparently a new extension of the organization into Stamford and they clearly led with their best foot forward.  The GM Devin is an effervescently bubbly league manager who is consistently seen laughing, answering questions about the league, and playing a mean game of beer pong.  The refs for our games are knowledgeable and fun to shoot the sh*% with as well.

I have to say, as great as the staff is, the league itself is what makes ZogSports tick. Put simply, the organized games are designed to facilitate fun.  Putting together a group of 10+ strangers can sometimes be a recipe for disaster, but I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a warmer group of people that fit together so well with so many different personalities.

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We began the year on a high note, with a few of us meeting for drinks before the first game was played.  This established the tone for the season: this league was about meeting young fun people in the Stamford area.  The pre and post game trips to the sponsored bar became a weekly release of stress for all of us who participated in the epic “Team Dodge Burgandy” experience.  Bar nights progressed to game nights at the various team members apartments, and even a Super Bowl party at my place (which admittedly was an abysmal failure because Peyton Manning forgot to put his big boy shoes on before leaving his hotel that morning).  Seriously, what a terrible Super Bowl.

Through the season the hilarity continued; we discovered two of our teammates had irrational fears of the Sleepy Hollow headless horseman. We discovered our self-appointed and self-important team captain, Jay, has a deep seeded childhood trauma from a Taboo game gone wrong, and I have not seen a temper tantrum throw like that in a good 20 years: “TABOO IS THE WORST GAME EVER!”  We discovered that you can lose a phone in the cracks of the bleachers; we discovered that colored headbands make us easier targets for the other team, and last but not least we discovered that we all are very happy to have met each other and participated in this league.

In an attempt to cloud source my work for this blog I emailed the whole team for input, and in an “aww” moment, we realized that what mattered most to all of us was the budding friendships we’d made, the fun we’d had, and a desire to beat the snot out of the red team who embarrassed us on multiple occasions with a coordinated attack involving misdirection, distraction and a ruthlessness unseen in Stamford since the great squirrel invasion of ’97.

I want to cap this blog entry off with my sincerest gratitude for everyone who has worked for ZogSports to make this winter so much more bearable and introducing me to my wonderful teammates (except captain Jay).

Dodge Burgandies will return stronger, faster, and better than before.  Part II begins this spring.

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20 Questions with Shira Weiner

Are you able to recite the  entire alphabet in just one word? ZogSportsLA’s Shira Weiner definitely can. Find out what else this Cheesehead is capable of!

1.         Sports You Ref? Soccershira

2.        When did you start working at ZogSports? Summer 2013

3.        Guilty Pleasure? Netflix, all of the Netflix, and McDonald’s French fries.

4.        Hometown?  Madison, WI, I’m a Cheesehead

5.        Hidden Talent?  I can say the entire alphabet in one word

6.        Favorite Sports Team? Wisconsin Badger Football, Go Badgers!

7.        If you were a drink, what would it be? Why?A beer called Spotted Cow, because it’s sweet and from WI.

8.        Funniest ZogSports Memory? When I played Zog soccer in NY, we had some epic post-game flip cups-educed outings.

9.        If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Why?“Great things come in small packages.” I’m 5’0’’ on a good day ;)

10.    What’s the last thing you ate? Homemade pizzas!

11.    Which celebrity would you love to meet? Why? Matt Damon. Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies. And he’s the cutest. good_will_hunting

12.    What are you listening to right now? The Oscars are playing in the background

13.    Favorite Sneakers?I have to buy kid’s sneakers (size 2.5) so any sneaker that isn’t bright pink or covered in glitter.

14.    How long could you go without talking? Probably longer than anybody would want.

15.    What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?I don’t have my ears pierced, but friends always send me earrings. I usually end up re-gifting them.

16.    What’s on your fridge door? So many save the dates. All my friends are getting hitched. Some roomie pics, graduation pics and magnets from cities I’ve visited.

17.  Last movie you saw?American Hustle

18. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Flip cup. All the way.

19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on TV? If so, where?Yes, in high school a few times in the local newspaper and my only TV appearance was in Ecuador I ended up in a friends fashion show. I think there’s still YouTube evidence of that one.

20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why?I just visited New Orleans this year for the first time and fell in love with the music, food, sounds and the great people I met.

20 Questions with Sadie Clark

Sadie Clark is next on deck! Did you know this ZogSportsNYC elevated field team member has been Zogging for 8 years?! Keep reading to find out more about Sadie!

1.        Sports You Ref? – A combo of Soccer and Football Field Managingblogpic2

2.        When did you start working at ZogSports?  - 8 years ago!

3.        Guilty Pleasure? – Binge watching Harry Potter Movies

4.        Hidden Talent? – Every now and then I can pull off a round-off back-handspring

5.        If you were a drink, what would it be? Why? Espresso Martini, Because we are classy, peppy, and cool

6.         How long could you go without talking?  - without talking?  NO idea, but I can go hours without texting/checking my phone.  I think that’s pretty impressive

7.    What’s the last thing you ate? McDonalds McChicken Sandwich with French fries and a large coffee.  Finished with a chocolate bar  #Caseofthemondays

8.  What’s on your mouse pad?  Do people still have mouse pads?

9.    If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? A library, A fully stocked Costco, and my crush

10.    Which celebrity would you love to meet? Why? – Oprah.  I think I want her to be my life coach, or I’d love to share a dance with Ellen too.

11.    What are you listening to right now?  - someone in the ZogSports HQ whistling and Football Ref Keith Gitlitz singing chili’s baby back ribs

12.    Favorite Sneakers? – Pair of purple sketchers I got in high school.

13.    If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?  - I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish I had a guy who looked good I would call her…er…him.

14.   Funniest ZogSports Memory?  - A soccer team called Tickle Time was playing.  One of their guys scored and as his team ran on the field to congratulate him, he took off in the other direction.  When they finally caught him, he was promptly tickled.  Laughed for the rest of my shift.  The goal scorer looked TERRIFIED as his team rushed toward him.blogpic1

15.    What’s your favorite joke? – A photon walks into a hotel. The bellhop asks “Can I carry any of your baggage?” The photon replies, “No thank you, I’m travelling light.” (pg rated J)

16.    What’s on your fridge door? – A map of my grocery store, Best Yet Markets, a note from my dad, 2 political cartoons, and random magnets.

17.  Fav food? – Bagel with cream cheese, scrambled egg and bacon in an open faced sandwich.  Also, chocolate

18. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? SLAP CUP!  But in lieu of that, flip cup

19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where? – I won $1350 on cash cab after dark in 2007.  I was also on the front page of the Binghamton Sun Press my senior year of high school

20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why? – Japan in 2008.  Went with my best friend I met from our study abroad program in Spain.  Kevin Alex and I based our Japan trip around food we had to try and saw sights based around the food.  Best trip ever!

Are you Up For Whatever?

This past week ZogSports announced the winner of the #ZogToWin #UpForWhatever contest. The lucky Zogger, Garrett Rothstein, is currently in Dallas having the ultimate basketball experience at the Bud Light hotel. While he is enjoying himself over there, here at the ZogSports HQ we got a hold of the moment Garrett found out he was a winner.

 

Finding Love in a Zog Place

 Taylor and Aaron are not your average couple. The two ZogSportsLA football players met off the field only a year ago. Having ZogSports as common ground, these two avid players took their shirts and traveled the world together. Taylor and Aaron are here to share their story! 

“Ready….hike!”  And so began the relationship between Aaron and Taylor.  We met during the first scrimmage game of the first season of ZogSports Los Angeles.  After the game, teams were encouraged to head to a designated sports bar for fun and socializing.  Since we were on opposing teams during the scrimmage, this is where we had our first friendly conversation…that lasted 5 hours!unnamed

 

Those five hours covered all of the typical questions and more, starting with “so what do you do?”  Aaron:  I’m a theoretical mathematician.  Taylor:  I’m an MRI technologist (oh yeah and a former NBA dancer).  Aaron:  A former NBA dancer??  Taylor:  A theoretical mathematician??  The explaining went on and on between them as they swapped stories about everything from Aaron’s time living in England while receiving his PhD at the University of Cambridge to Taylor’s recent USO-style trip to Kuwait riding above the deserts in Chinook helicopters and performing for soldiers stationed at various U.S. military bases in the country.  All of the sudden, it was five hours later and we had certainly hit it off!  Date #2 was scheduled for later that week.rome

 

Time flew by with some notable events:  Taylor fractured her elbow playing in a Zog game, they went to the 50th anniversary Rolling Stones concert, set a Guinness world record for “largest gathering of people wearing rally wigs” at an Anaheim Angels game, and some jet-setting to places all over the world including Australia, Vancouver, Cancun, Italy, England, and more has kept us active and enjoying life together. We recently got engaged in Geneva, Switzerland at CERN (site of the world’s largest particle accelerator).

 

We’ve played touch football every season since the start of ZogSports LA and literally take a picture in our Zog shirts in every location we visit.  We’re so thankful for the amazing people at ZogSports and are having a blast planning our wedding! Switzerland CERN Zog

20 Questions with Caitlin Brandes

Next up is ZogSportsLA’s  referee, Caitlin Brandes. You may think her talents can only be seen on the court, but beware…  this Nebraska girl has a whole lot more to bring at the bar!

1. Sports You Ref? Volleyballcatilin

2. When did you start working at ZogSports? Fall Sand Season 2013

3. Hometown? Central City, Nebraska

4. Hidden Talent? I’m really good with a sling shot and I studied classical piano for 15 years

5. Favorite Sports Team? I’m from NE so Cornhuskers!!

6. What’s the last thing you ate? A stuffed roasted bell pepper.

7. Funniest ZogSports Memory? When my team manager announced that the reason I had hurt my neck was from extracurricular activities in the shower with my husband. The team coined the term ‘sex neck.’

8. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Why? The Fairy-tale of the Corn Picking Disney Princess. That’s my nickname at work!

9. If you were a drink, what would it be? Why? A shot of Fireball Whiskey. I’m a redhead who is sweet and a little fiery! fireball_cinnamon_whisky_l

10. If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? Sunscreen, my kindle, and more sunscreen

11. What are you listening to right now? I am really digging Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’

12. Favorite Sneakers? Dark Purple Nike’s—they show no wear and tear, and are sooo comfy!

13. How long could you go without talking? I would say a day—but anyone who knows me would probably say maybe 5 minutes.

14. What’s your favorite joke? Grasshopper hops onto bar-stool, orders a drink, Bartender says, “hey, we have a drink named after you.” Grasshopper replies, “you gotta drink named Steve?!”

15. What’s on your fridge door? Pics of my nieces and nephews. So many!

16. Fav food? Mama’s home cooking.the-lego-movie-poster-full-photo

17. Last movie you saw? The Lego Movie, adorable and hilarious.

18. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Chesties!!!—it’s a hybrid of the two along with some quarters thrown in. CRAZY!

19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where? Yes, Newspaper in HS and college for plays/musicals and HS for volleyball—state champs senior year. TV/Film—extra work

20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why? Wyoming—Yellowstone National Park with my family. Lost my first tooth on that trip and tried cheesecake for the first time. Plus all the great time outdoors!!

20 Questions with Alexia Penna

Today we have ZogSportsLA‘s Alexia Penna sharing her likes and dislikes with us the ZogSports community.  Alexia loves making memories with her LA team and is happy to be a part of the increasingly growing LA Football and Volleyball leagues.

  1. Sports You Ref? Football and VolleyballAlexia
  2. When did you start working at ZogSports? Fall, September 2013
  3. Guilty Pleasure? Chocolate
  4. Hometown? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  5. Hidden Talent? I know how to eat!
  6. Favorite Sports Team? UCF’s Immortals
  7. If you were a drink, what would it be? Why? Spiced Old fashion because I love bourbon/whiskey
  8. What’s the worst present you’ve ever received? I got an ugly shirt for Christmas one year that I ended up exchanging for an awesome part of printed pants and a great dress for work so it ended up being a great present.
  9. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Why? Wandering with a Purpose
  10. What’s the last thing you ate? Ferrero Rocher
  11. If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? The BF, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23, and a working private jet.
  12. Which celebrity would you love to meet? Why? Jason Mraz because he is the man!
  13. Last movie you saw? Frozen! frozen
  14. If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for? Travel to every country with those I love, go back in time to 2009, and that my family may be healthy and happy!
  15. What’s your favorite joke? Don’t really have one. I crack myself up all the time but do not have a go to joke.
  16. Funniest ZogSports Memory? Most of my favorite Zog memories have been made outside the fields with the teammates that have turned into really great friends.Alexia2

  17. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Flip Cup
  18. What are you listening to right now? Animals- Martin Garrix
  19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where? Newspaper: In high school for football recognition for my Flag Football team, also have been given photo credit for food photography countless times and been photographed for high profile events in Florida.  TV: CBS National Intramural Championship interview as captain of flag football team; featured extra in Sydney White trailer nationally.
  20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why? Studied abroad in Paris and fulfilled my dream of being Parisian for a summer speaking French, eating chocolate and drinking wine followed by spending an amazing time in Istanbul and the south of France for a few weeks.