#SPOTaZOG

 What are the odds of spotting a fellow Zogger in NYC? Pretty high. The odds of spotting one in Argentina? Very low. Unless, of course, you’re Emily, an Atlanta Zogger.  Read on to find out how Emily was Spotted by a fellow Zogger in Argentina! 

When I was visiting Argentina a few weeks back I went to Iguazu National Park one day.  I’d happened to pack my Zog shirt and knew a day of trekking around the park in the heat would be the perfect t-shirt day. I donned my Zog shirt that Saturday also as a nod to my football team, Touch Down My Pants, playing back in Atlanta.

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Inside the park they have narrow bridges over the river that lead out to where the falls are.  It’s just wide enough for two people to pass going each direction.  After checking out the falls I was heading back to land.

A guy walking towards me, clearly an American in his Red Sox cap and speaking English, spotted me in the Zog shirt and says, “Hey!  ZogSports, awesome!”  Not having much room to stop and make small talk on the narrow walk ways I yelled over my shoulder, “Yeah buddy!” and kept on my way.

 

It was a brief, but fun exchange between Zoggers thousands of miles from home!

Though we aren’t in Argentina (yet), be sure to wear your Zog shirts around your city. You might run into a ZogSports staff member and receive one of these bad boys, good for a discount off of your next registration:

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My Team In Ten – US of Shakin & Bacon

My Team In Ten

These fun and interesting ten questions will give you some insight into some teams you might encounter throughout your Zog career.

Today, we are highlighting the 3 on 3 Coed Basketball team, US of Shakin & Bacon.

US of Shakin & Bacon In Ten 

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1) How long has your team been Zogging together for?

A year, we just completed our fourth season Zog seasons.

2) How did you settle on your team name?

Several team members work in television. Our name derives from the title of a series one of us was working on– The United States of Bacon.

3) What’s your favorite team memory?

In a season riddled by injury, Nicole was often the only girl able to make the games. One night, she forgot her shoes, and had to play in one our guy’s low-top Vans, that were at least four sizes too big for her. So Nicole played four games with oversized sneaks…and still led us to a 3-1 record.

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4) What movie title best describes your team’s skills?

Hustle and Flow. We’re a small team, so we depend on hustle, movement and passing to be competitive.

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5) What song title best describes your team’s relationship?

“99 problems” We can be shooting horrible, we can be physically banged up, we can be getting killed on the boards…but we never have a problem with the ladies on our team. They carry us and were the biggest reason we won the championship this season.

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6) What celebrity do you think would best fit as a teammate on your team?

Michael Shannon. He’s an amazingly talented character actor (Boardwalk Empire, Revolutionary Road, Man of Steel). He’s not the leading man, but he always contributes a strong performance.

We’re a not a team of superstars. We’re a team of role players. Everyone knows their assignment and sacrifices their own game for the good of the team.

Michael would fit right in with our squad.

7) Beer Pong or Flip Cup?

C. None of the above. We’re an older team, our Beer Ping/Flip Cup days ended with the Bush administration. (For some of us, Bush 41…for others Bush 43.)

8) Which of your teammates is the most entertaining during your games? Why?

Tough call here. We play with some real characters. You never know what Nicole is going to say or do on the court, or which item of clothing she has forgotten that we will have to track down last minute so we can play, always a surprise with that one! And then there is Kori. She’s constantly talking, coaching, and cheerleading. She’s our Energizer bunny.

9) Which of your teammates is the most entertaining after a couple of drinks? Why?

Nicole.

10) Describe your team’s Zog experience in one word.

Rewarding.

Not only have we ‘ve won some games, but through playing together we’ve become good friends.

 

Thanks, US of Shakin & Bacon, for giving us the inside scoop. Keep those championships coming!

Keep Zoggin’ – your team could be featured next!

A ZogSports Love Story

Love is in the air!

We know there are many reasons why people join ZogSports: some for the love of the sport, some for the love of the happy hours, some for the love of the camaraderie, and some for the love of love.  We’re always overjoyed to hear about couples who have met through ZogSports.  We take pride in the fact that there have been hundreds of weddings, and even dozens of babies, that have resulted through the help of ZogSports.

Today, we’re highlighting one of these Zog couples.  Here is Marelle with her story:

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Hi Zog – I have seen so many engagement and marriage stories, so I wanted to share mine!

My (former?) boyfriend, Sean Cacciabaudo, and I got engaged 12/01/13.  After moving back to NYC, I was having trouble making new friends and meeting good guys.  My friend Melissa and I decided to sign up as free agents for Zog bowling on Monday nights to do something different.  We were put on a team with 4 other people (Bowling With the Homies, Winter 2012), and I knew it would be a great time because of all our pre-bowling e-mail exchanges.  Melissa and I met up with Kirstyn Peterson a few days before our first game so we could get to know each other.  That night, Kirstyn showed us pictures of the other people on the team and told me, “I think you’ll like Sean…”  A few days later we had our first game and socialized a bit, but it wasn’t until Sean and I realized we both took the 6 train home that we had the chance to really talk.  The next week, in true Zog form, we ended up staying at the bowling alley bar well after our games were over, and he later asked me on a date for that weekend.

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Two and a half years, 11 sports “seasons” as teammates, and a Zog ski day trip later, we are engaged and getting married 11/16/14.  Kirstyn is now one of my closest friends in NYC and plays with us as well.

Thanks for helping find the love of my life!

 

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Marelle! We couldn’t be happier for you and Sean, and we wish you all the best!

The proof is in the pudding, folks!  ZogSports not only offers great games and great happy hours, but it can lead to lifelong friendships and can end your search for the love of your life!

If you have a story you’d like to share with us, e-mail Ashley@ZogSports.com.

My Team In Ten – Setsaholics Anonymous

My Team In Ten

These fun and interesting ten questions will give you some insight into some teams you might encounter throughout your Zog career.

Today, we are highlighting the pun-tastic Volleyball team, Setsaholics Anonymous.

Setsaholics Anonymous in Ten

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1) How long has your team been Zogging together for?

4 years or so

2) How did you settle on your team name?

Voted on as many different sexual innuendos as we could think of

3) What’s your favorite team memory?

The 1st championship

4) What movie title best describes your team’s skills?

“The Usual Suspects”

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5) What song title best describes your team’s relationship?

“Happy” by Pharell Williams

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6) What celebrity do you think would best fit as a teammate on your team?

LeBron James

7) Beer Pong or Flip Cup?

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8) Which of your teammates is the most entertaining during your games? Why?

Anthony, because he is probably the most obnoxious trash talker out there

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9) Which of our teammates is the most entertaining after a couple of drinks? Why?

Austin, because he just gets giddy and outspoken

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10) Describe your team’s Zog experience in one word.

Underestimated

Thanks, Setsaholics Anonymous, for giving us the inside scoop. Keep those championships coming!

Keep Zoggin’ – your team could be featured next!

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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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 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.

From NYC to SF, a Zog Perspective

 Going from East to West, John McCartney knows a lot about making moves. Though he left his NYC team behind, he was able to continue his ZogSports journey in San Fran. Today he shares how it all began…

It has been a thrill to be involved with ZogSports for all these years.  I was first introduced to the league by a friend who informed me her team, “Rule 76: No Excuses, Play Like A Champion”, had some open spots on the roster. I was glad I made the cut.

Being involved with the “Rule 76” team had a profound effect on my life as it afforded me with the opportunity to meet some really kick ass people, most of whom have become dear friends of mine. After having an enjoyable first season, I continued to play in as many seasons as possible. Granted, a few injuries here and there couldn’t compare to the joy of being on the same field as my friends. I was always looking to get that win week in and week out and then, of course, hit the bar for some Flip Cup, Beer Pong, Civil War, and Ring of Fire.

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Few of the Rule 76/Lock It Up members from throughout the years, Social Bar & Grill, NYC, December 2010

From my first NYC Zog football team in 2008 to my last one in 2013, “Fargin Iceholes”, I am so lucky to have had so many memories over the years through Zog. The competition, the rivalries, making the playoffs, and of course happy hour made my NYC lifestyle all the more exciting!

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Fargin Iceholes, Octagon Field, Roosevelt Island, NYC, March 2013

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Fargin Iceholes & Tom Brady’s Tears, Tammany Hall, NYC, March 2013

When I made the decision to move from New York to San Francisco for work towards the end of 2013, I knew that somehow I would get involved with the Zog SF league.  I introduced myself to Nick, the SF General Manager, inquired about the winter season and the potential to become a league football referee.

No Punt Intended

No Punt Intended

We’ve just finished the third week of the ZogSportsSF winter football season and I’m fortunate to be part of “No Punt Intended,” a team comprised of individual players. From top to bottom everyone has been so supportive of each other and we are having fun along the way. In addition to playing I now have been able to become a part of the “Zog Referee” family.

Realistically, I know there’s no difference between the New York and San Francisco Zog leagues.  However, I will make three general observations having been lucky enough to experience both:

1. Weather. This winter season I am definitely happy to be on the West Coast! The weather has been very good, sunny and mid 60s. I’ll gladly take this weather over what I experienced in New York!

2. Level of competition. Being a newly minted Zog football ref has given me the chance to see a number of teams play, and I have to say that there are a few San Francisco teams who would give the New York teams a run for their money. On the other side of the spectrum, there are a number of new teams with no prior Zog experience who could use a little extra practice time! The San Francisco league is still pretty brand new, all in good time.

My new Zog ref shirt, Galileo Field, San Francisco, February 2014

My new Zog ref shirt, Galileo Field, San Francisco, February 2014

3. Happy hour. It saddens me in a way that there is no “Parlour” in San Francisco. I truly believe that the Zog happy hour is an absolute important piece to the overall experience; it’s where you can meet other Zog players, make new friends and new memories! I am looking forward to recreating this and calling a local bar a ZogSports home of our own.

The San Francisco league has so much potential for growth and it’ll be exciting to see where we end up in the years to come!

20 Questions Warren Klein

Calling all Stamford Zoggers! Warren Klein is here to give you some info you likely did not know about him. For example, did you know he was from San Fran? Have you heard about his trip to Cambodia? Or, maybe we can start up his childhood nickname again…

  1. When did you start working at ZogSports?  I don’t, I had to pay for the privilege of blogging.  However the cost was included in the league dues so I really feel like I’m coming out a winner here.warren1
  2. Childhood Nickname:  Dubya- I had to stop going by that between 2000 and 2008.
  3. Favorite Food: Burrata Mozerella cheese and tomatoes with some balsamic glaze
  4. Guilty Pleasure:  Drinking with strangers, it makes every story I have ever used new again.  After about a week or two of hanging out though I’m out of material and I need to find new friends.
  5. Hometown: San Francisco, CA.
  6. Hidden Talent: I don’t really have any hidden talents, if I’m good at something Ill tell you about it.
  7. Favorite Sports Team: SF Giants
  8. Funniest ZogSports Memory: So far?  Being the first person in line waiting to get into the game of dodgeball, we were down to our last player WHO CAUGHT IT!  I came in and I saw the other team slump their shoulders in defeat as I strode confidently onto the court and proceeded to drop the first ball sent my way, losing the game for my team.  Sorry guys, really dropped the ball on that one.
  9. Last Movie You Saw: Transformers II Dark Side of the Moon.  Michael Bay is the best director in the history of film bar NONE!
  10. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Adventures in Leisure: The Warren Klein Story warren
  11. What’s the last thing you ate? I’ve been drinking my meals for quite some time now… I don’t even know what day it is.
  12. If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? Kate Upton, a hot tub, and a fully fueled helicopter to get home.
  13. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Pong, but I’m liking flip more and more in my advanced age.
  14. What are you listening to right now? ESPN Radio, the Derek Jeter Retirement Press Conf.
  15. Favorite Sneakers: Ski Boots or baseball cleats.  Sneakers are for training… that’s why the Brits call them trainers, I prefer the footwear of action.
  16. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where?  San Francisco Chronicle twice, Marin IJ once. The IJ and once in the Chronicle for pitching a perfect game for my high school baseball team, once in the Chronicle for securing a large award in a financial dispute between a broker and an elderly client for my law school’s Investor Justice Clinic.
  17. What’s your favorite joke? Inappropriate for publishing.  Ask me after a couple drinks.
  18. What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?  Deodorant.
  19. What’s on your fridge door? Family photos.
  20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why?  In 2010 I went to Cambodia for 6 weeks and worked with the Document Compilation Center associated with the International War Crimes Court while they were trying and convicting one of the leaders of the Khmer Rouge.  It was not only tremendously good work, but I really got a taste of the culture while there, and I got to see the famous wonder of the world, Angkor Wat.cambodia