The 10 People You Meet on the NYC Subway

We’ve all been there.  We’re exhausted, finally finished working a 12 hour day and just want to get home in time for Bachelor in Paradise before someone ruins the episode for you on Facebook.  You finally board the subway after not being able to fit on the first two because, although people are screaming it in your ear, people won’t actually MOVE IN!  You’re hungry, cranky, and sweating more than you do when you go to the gym to take selfies of yourself “working out. #motivationmonday” And then there’s that one person who becomes the final straw.  The passenger that gives you that last push of inspiration you needed to make that ultimate decision of “that’s it – i’m getting married and moving to Westchester.”  We understand and we are right there with you.  So let’s take a moment to honor those who inspire us…

1) The Hairstylist

You have beautiful hair. Thanks for sharing it with me – I love free samples.

2) The Instagrammer

You can keep refreshing your feed, but we still don’t have service.

3) The Diner

Tuna salad leftover from yesterday’s lunch? Yum! That looks like a good, normal, odor-neutral thing to eat at 8:30 in the morning on the 6 train.

4) The Tourist

The 4-ft map always brings me back to a simpler time.

5) The Social Sports Athlete

The entire car is very happy to hear that the beer really helped your team recover from that tough kickball loss.

6) The Hummer

I feel like I’m on Name That Tune – I should be getting paid for this.

7) The Make-Up Artist

Say what you want, but a perfect eyeliner wing by Union Square – that’s talent!

8) The Sleeper

This is the closest I’ve come to a relationship in a long time, so I’ll take what I can get.

9) The Backpacker

I’m impressed that you were able to pack up your entire life into one backpack. I’m not impressed that you’ve been able to successfully hit me with it 39 times between 42nd street and 59th street.

10) The Workaholic

I’m so sorry to disturb you in your office.

As much as we complain about the train-pains, we know we’ve all had the opportunity to be a train-pain for someone else.  What’s your subway personality?

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Zog Baby

ZogSports Mission: Bring People Together | Create Highlights | Make A Difference

We always love to hear stories from Zoggers who have lived out the ZogSports mission, like DeAna and Brendan. Check out the story in their own words featuring their baby Archie wearing his limited edition Zog swag.

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Archie with his Zog bib

I started playing ZogSports probably about 6 years ago or so just as a random addition to a team I knew one guy on from work. I enjoyed it but only played the one season with them. I was then asked by a different co-worker to join the team I am currently on about 4 years ago. When we started, about half the team worked with me and the rest were friends of the guy who created the team. I’m now the last one at the office but the team is still together. It’s a good way to stay in touch with these guys and we have all become friendly including the other friends who we didn’t work with.

I met DeAna at the post game bar One on One. We were playing on different teams in different divisions so we had the same color shirts and used that as some kind of cheesy opening line and it just went from there. We made plans to meet up at football and the bar again the following week and then went out after for my birthday.We chatted all afternoon/evening/night and then made plans for a date that following week.

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Deanna and Brendan

ZogSports obviously created our relationship. She moved to New York from LA about 6 months before we met and joined Zog as a way to make friends and stay active. It worked. It made it a great way to meet each other and then an easy way to hang out again in a more comfortable environment than that awkward first date right off the bat.

We ended up getting married in Los Angeles in February of 2015 with a number of DeAna’s Zog teammates making the trip for the wedding. We just had our first baby, Archie, on January 14 who made it a little tough for either of us to play football this year but I was able to make it to a couple games. We have continued to play both football and softball through Zog both as teammates and on separate teams.

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Baby Archie in his ZogSports swag

 

 

 

Playing For Charity

Charity and giving back is a huge component of the ZogSports experience. We have donated over $3 million on behalf of our teams. Every team selects a charity before the season that they are playing for. At the end of the season, we donate 10% of net proceeds, 100% of Happy Hour bar contributions, and an allocation from our sponsors to a charity pool, divvied up among the winning teams.

Charities that have received donations from ZogSports in the past include Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, ASPCA, American Cancer Society, Boomer Esiason Foundation, St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Make-a-Wish Foundation of America. Over the next few months, we will be highlighting our players stories behind why they chose these causes and how they are special to them.

Happily Ever Zogger

ZogSports Mission: Bring People Together | Create Highlights | Make A Difference

We always love to hear stories from Zoggers who have lived out the ZogSports mission, like Ann Marie’s…

 

I am so fortunate to benefit from ZogSports’ vision for a better future.

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I joined Hoboken’s ZogSports a year after losing my fiancé to a brain aneurism almost ten years ago. I didn’t know at that time if I could ever be happy again. Everyone I knew was either getting married or married with kids, except me. Widowed at 30, I felt like my old life didn’t fit me anymore. I knew I needed to meet people my age but it is so hard to make friends when you are in your 30’s. I didn’t think I had any particularly interesting hobbies, and was never the athletic type, so I was intimidated easily by sports. Lucky for me to have found ZogSports which offered a variety of organized sports that catered to all skill levels (including the two I joined: kickball and dodgeball). These weekly games kept me out of the house and for lack of better words, saved my life.

It was during my first season as a Zogger where my now husband said he noticed me. We were out celebrating our respective games and exchanged a quick introduction. He told me later that he always looked for me after the games to see if we could meet up again. Four seasons later, the timing seemed right on both our ends and he asked me out. He seemed to know long before I did that we would end up together. Seven years later, We are happily married with our third child on the way this January.

I will always be forever grateful for ZogSports. It changed the trajectory of my life and allowed me to have a happy ending after all.

We couldn’t be happier to have played the role in your life that we did, Ann Marie!  Congratulations to you and your family.

A ZogSports Proposal

ZogSports’ Mission: Bring People Together, Create Highlights, Make a Difference.

Thousands of people join ZogSports every season to keep playing and make new friends.  Often, these new friendships blossom into beautiful relationships.

Andrew met Marisa in a ZogSports Basketball league five years ago.  This month, Andrew came to us and asked if we could help him plan his proposal to Marisa at that very same gym where they first met.  Here is their story:

Marisa and I met playing in a casual coed basketball league a little over five years ago.  I moved to NY after college so I thought it might be a good way to meet people.  Our team didn’t win that many games but it didn’t matter, we ended up bonding over how terrible our team was.  I started emailing Marisa separately and she invited me to join her ZogSports football team.  We started dating a few months later and we’ve been playing with the same football team for 5 years now.

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[For the proposal] I wanted to do something that would surprise her and something that would take her back to when we first met.  Earlier that night after I asked her to sub for my friend’s volleyball team.  [When we walked in] she said to me, “Hey – Isn’t this the gym where we first met?”  It was perfect.  I could tell by her reaction when she walked into the gym that she had no idea it was going to happen.

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People who join ZogSports are generally looking to meet people and have fun.  It helps to meet someone while doing something you love, like playing sports, because you know right away that you have shared interests.  I know a few couples who have met through ZogSports and I don’t think I ever would have met Marisa if it weren’t for ZogSports! img_7765

We couldn’t be happier for Andrew and Marisa.  Congratulations!

Want to be next?  Join a ZogSports league near you at www.ZogSports.com.

 

10 Life Lessons You Only Learn From Playing Social Sports

We all know you’re not just playing in that kickball league just for the fun of it.  You learn something new every day, and you’ll be damned if you don’t expand your mind when you step up to the plate…literally.
10 Life Lessons You Only Learn From Playing Social Sports
1) You probably weren’t as good in gym class
as you thought you were
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2) There are no professional scouts in the stands
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3) Always take photos at the beginning of the night
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4) Don’t date anyone who yells at referees
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5) You don’t really know your coworkers
until you’ve survived a dodgeball match with them
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6) Don’t give out your number after a game of 105 cup beer pong Drunk Flirting - Meme Center

7) You’re never too old to make new friends
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8) You won’t get judged on your skills, but you will get judged on your team name
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9) A game of flip cup can be the solution for ending an age-old rivalry
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10) Playing social sports can make you feel like a super hero Super Hero - Pinterest

 

What life lesson have you learned through playing social sports?
Comment below and let us know!

Highlight of the Week – Win or Lose

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“Say hello to The Bandersnatches. They are a free agent team in our Monday night softball league. Win or lose, they head over to the happy hour bar after their games for some drinks, pool and popcorn! Is there any better way to kick off the week?”

-The Bandersnatches, ZogSports San Francisco

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Did you make the game winning catch?
Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

We want to hear about it!

Send your ZogSports highlight with photos of you and/or your team to Highlights@ZogSports.com.


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