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.

#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 – The Zucchinis

We are proud to introduce a brand new feature to the ZogBlog: 

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.

The first team we’re highlighting is The Zucchinis, a Queens Volleyball team, who just started Zogging together this season!

The Zucchinis In Ten

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

About an hour and a half, give or take.

2)      How did you settle on your team name?

Based on the shirt color which is dark green and the big yellow “Z” in the middle.

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3)      What’s your favorite team memory?

Not a lot of candidates for this one: winning the inaugural match of Zog Queens VB on a crazy comeback fueled by Julie’s aces.

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

One set we’re “Fast & Furious”, the next we’re “Dumb and Dumber”.

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

“Hey I just met you, and this is crazy.” It’s a lyric, not a title, so what?

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

Snoop Dogg. He’s chill and also 6’4″, we need an outside hitter.

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7)      Beer Pong or Flip Cup?

Beer pong, the true challenge of human skill.

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

Anup. He hustles hard but always looks slightly confused.

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

No idea yet, but I have a sneaky feeling it’s going to be Alex.

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

Brief.

 

Thanks, Zucchinis, for giving us the inside scoop! Good luck this season!

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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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!

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