The Rise of the Company Softball Team

Raise your hand if you play for a corporate Zog team!

Last week, the Wall Street Journal posted an article regarding the downfall of corporate softball teams. We found the findings to be pretty unsettling, so we asked our Zog Statisticians to do some digging. They discovered that not only have we had increased participation in our corporate leagues, but our corporate softball leagues have quadrupled in size from last summer to this summer! Plus, it seems that folks love to Zog with their boss: our stats revealed that 20% of our regular softball leagues are indeed company teams.

How about them softballs, WSJ?

We asked one of our corporate softball captains, Schuyler Penny,  how he feels about the matter:

“I’ve had a lot of fun organizing the softball team [...] We work pretty late hours here so the early departure every Tuesday to hit the fields has been a nice outlet for everyone participating. It’s competitive but still relaxed enough to feel like we’re out relieving stress while kicking ass as a different type of team than we normally are at the office. One of the best parts is getting to meet more people outside of our usual departments while also getting to know them in a way socially that isn’t just the usual post work happy hour.”

Even though WSJ reported that softball is now being replaced by other sports such as Kickball and Dogeball, Penny feels that Softball is nice because it isn’t as “physically demanding” as other sports. There is a sense of familiarity when stepping onto a softball field and with such “an athletically diverse team, we can still go out there and be competitive when we know how to balance our strengths and weaknesses.”

It’s no surprise to us that America’s pastime is thriving in our corporate leagues and we love hearing about coworkers (and Zog teammates)working together off the field! Our Zog corporate softball leagues give everyone an equal opportunities to join in on the social sports fun.

Don’t worry, WSJ, you have an open invitation to join the ballgame and see how to play the ZogSports way.

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?

Flip Cup

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!

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.

 

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 with Keith Gitlitz

The next referee featured is ZogSportsNYC’s Keith Gitlitz. Aside from reffing, you can catch him singing along to Rihanna in the Zog HQ.

1.        Sports You Ref? Football, Bowlingunnamed

2.        When did you start working at ZogSports? Fall 2008

3.        Guilty Pleasure? Nashville on ABC

4.        Hometown? Miami, FL

5.        Hidden Talent? Keeping my talent hidden

6.        What’s on your fridge door? A door handle 

7.    What’s the last thing you ate? A Buffalo Bang sandwich

8.    What’s on your mouse pad? A trackpad

9.    Which celebrity would you love to meet? Why? Sir Alec Guinness, because he’s awesome.

10.    What are you listening to right now? Eminem featuring Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie”

11.    Favorite Sneakers? Reebok Pumps – the original Shaq models

12.    If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for? Wish 1: Unlimited wishes; don’t need to use the other two

13.    How long could you go without talking? As long as it takes

14.    What’s the worst present you’ve ever received? A gun rack. What am I gonna do with a gun rack? I don’t even own a gun, let alone several guns that would necessitate an entire rack.

15.    Favorite Sports Team? Miami Heat

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16.  Fav food? Bacon

17.  Last movie you saw? Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

18. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Beer Pong

19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where? Yes, my photo appeared in the Miami Herald as a kid when they put a new playground in at a local park and I was interviewed before Game 3 of the Panthers-Avalanche Stanley Cup Finals and Game 3 of the Heat-Mavericks NBA Finals.

20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Honeymoon in Hawaii

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20 Questions with Christina Galente

Today we have ZogSportsNYC’s Christina Galente sharing some of her favorite things with the Zog family. From “Stepbrothers” to Italy, Christina reveals all.

1.       Sports You Ref? Field Manage for Football; Referee for CornholeChristina

2.        When did you start working at ZogSports? July 2011?

3.        Guilty Pleasure?  Watching Stepbrothers on a weekly basis

4.        Hidden Talent?  Whistling

5.        Favorite Sports Team? NY METS

6.        If you were a drink, what would it be? Why?  A Guinness.  I’m easy-going, can look heavy, but be deceptively light (in character), tasty, fun and Irish people love me.

7.        Funniest ZogSports Memory? Watching Adam Riff try to ref a football game in his roller blades (he bladed to the game and forgot his sneakers).

8.        If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?  DJ Clueless-ask Joey in the Zog office

9.    What’s the last thing you ate? Greek Yogurt-Chobani-Blueberry

10.    If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? A book (The Count of Monte Cristo or The Alchemist), sunblock & fresh water

11.    Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why?  Italy…no explanation neededimages

12.    What are you listening to right now? Clueless Soundtrack

13.    If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for? 1) Eternal happiness for myself, my friends and my family, 2) to eat anything I wanted and never worry about the consequences 3) know what I was meant to be

14.    What’s your favorite joke? Inappropriate,  it’s from the movie Boondock Saints and the punchline is, “I’ll have a coke.”

15.    What’s on your fridge door? A ton of save-the-dates, magnets with funny sayings and pictures of other people’s children.

16.  Fav food? PIZZA!Christina 3

17.  Last movie you saw? Dallas Buyers Club

18. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Neither…Beirut

19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where? Sure, debuting my amazing volleyball skills in high school-The Poughkeepsie Journal

20. Which celebrity would you love to meet? Why?  Leo Di Caprio-so he can propose to me face-to-face

20 Questions with Leah Johanson

Next up on our 20 Questions series is ZogSportsNYC ref, Leah Johanson. When she isn’t on the Zog football fields or reffing cornhole in the bar, you might just spot her taking names during flip cup or cheering for the Patriots.unnamed

  1. When did you start working at ZogSports? April 2011
  2. Childhood Nickname: Lele
  3. Favorite Food: Grilled cheese
  4. Guilty Pleasure: Eating peanut butter from the jar with a spoon
  5. Hometown: Natick, MA
  6. Hidden Talent: Does being able to recite every line from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” count?
  7. Favorite Sports Team: Patriots!!
  8. Funniest ZogSports Memory: Winning a flip cup tournament and actually being presented with a championship belt!belt
  9. Last Movie You Saw: Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  10. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Book Nerd
  11. What’s the last thing you ate? Raisin Bran (so boring!)
  12. If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? Books, peanut butter, Diet Coke
  13. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Flip cup!
  14. What are you listening to right now? Just got back from Nashville so I’m on a country kick.
  15. Favorite Sneakers: I’ve had the same pair of Asics for 2 years, they’ve got holes in them but I can’t get rid of them!
  16. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where? I was in the greenroom of CBS This Morning for my job and they included me in a little teaser commercial.
  17. What’s your favorite joke? Why are there always fences around graveyards? Cuz people are dying to get in!Yarn
  18. What’s the worst present you’ve ever received? My sister gave me a ball of yarn and a note that said “I’ll knit this into whatever you want.”
  19. What’s on your fridge door? Family photos and magnets from places I’ve traveled.
  20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why? Brazil was awesome – my siblings and I traveled around for two weeks and did everything from the beaches to the mountains to Rio.

Zogger Living Out Your Streetball Dreams

“Roatti the White Tiger” is blowing up the internet! Some of you may recognize this Zogger as Rich Boatti, a participant from our football leagues. From Deadspin to Bleacher Report to Gothamist, his streetball skills are entertaining the country! We decided to step behind the scenes and see how it all went down.

What’s your record number of 3 pointers for one game?

Boatti taking a bball break in Atlantic City

Boatti taking a bball break in Atlantic City

I’m not sure what my one-game record is for threes, but the most consecutive I’ve hit in a row is 4. I’ve done that two other times (not counting the time in the video).  So if I ever hit 5 straight I expect the video of that to be 20% more viral.

Who decided to record the game?

I actually didn’t know the game was being recorded until after I hit the third one in the video.  The cameraman is friends with the guys in the game and he told me afterwards that he just got a new camera and was testing it out by recording his friends playing streetball. It took me about four months to track him down and get the footage.  If it wasn’t for him none of this craziness would be happening, so shout out to George!

Is there going to be a rematch?

There has already been a rematch – I play with those guys every now and then.  The teams weren’t exactly the same but the team I was on lost, and I only hit 2 threes in that game.  I did have the same defender though, and he was determined not to let me show him up again and fouled me pretty much every time I touched the ball.

Boatti photobombing during a Zog happy hour

Boatti photobombing during a Zog happy hour

Where can we watch you playing next?

I play at those courts pretty much every weekend as long as the weather is nice.  We have plans to play this Saturday around 1 pm.  The courts are at Washington Park, which is on Washington Ave right off the BQE in Brooklyn.

What songs are on your pre-game playlist?

I usually listen to high-energy hip hop to psych myself up before sporting events, so a typical sample would include “Hard in Da Paint” by Waka Flocka, “Scenario” by Tribe Called Quest, “BMF” by Rick Ross, “Victory” by Puff and Biggie, “Dead Wrong” by Biggie, “Dirt off Your Shoulder” and “Off That” by Jay-Z, “Primetime” by Kanye and Jay-Z, “Fire in the Hole” by Method Man and Redman, “Hate Me Now” by Nas, “John” by Lil Wayne, and other party anthems like those.

Anything else you want to share about the game?

I’m not saying anything, but several commentators on YouTube have mentioned that when the defender strips the ball from me on the last sequence it looked like a foul.  But again, I’m not saying anything.

Most importantly, where did the street name “Roatti the White Tiger” come from?

Roatti the White Tiger was coined by my best friend’s older brother (and also great friend), Dan Frosch, who is now a respected reporter for the New York Times haha.  Around 1990 he went to the Bronx Zoo and they had a white tiger on display whose name was “Roatti” or “Coatti” or something like that. Since my last name is “Boatti,” and my first name starts with an “R,” he started calling me “Roatti the White Tiger” and the name stuck.