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

 

 

 

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 – Brunch Together

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“This Isn’t Brunch (team name) literally brunched together.  They’re friends with a Zog ref and decided to try Cornhole as something new.  Each week they dress up with a different theme.”

-Lisa, ZogSports Cornhole Referee, ZogSports NYC

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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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An Easy Change

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Love from NYC to SF

Summer Bucket List

They say nothing compares to New York City in fall… but I think we can all agree: summer in New York is in a league of its own. When the weather is this nice, you can easily take advantage of all New York has to offer. People are relaxed, tanned, active, and happy. It’s prime time for meeting new people, starting a fling, and making memories with old friends. Here are our top picks for your summer. Go alone, bring a friend, or meet a new one – no matter what, these experiences will be ones to remember.

1) See an outdoor movie

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Bryant Park, the Hudson River, and Washington Square Park are just a few of the venues that offer free outdoor screenings of classics all summer long. Some of NYC’s famous and beautiful rooftops also offer movie screenings for a small price.

PERFECT FOR: a first date

 

2) Beach Volleyball on the pier

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Dear Brooklyn Bridge Park, we love you. Never change. Xoxo, ZogSports. Seriously, with the most stunning views of Manhattan you’ll find – this waterfront park sets a perfect backdrop for your beach volleyball games. We know, we know… the one thing New Jersey has on us is their beaches. How many times have you heard a friend complain that there’s just “not enough green” here in the city? Lay that notion to rest. Come play with us this season! With sand, sun, water, and greenery all around you – you’ll feel like you’ve left New York without actually having to do so.

PERFECT FOR: getting a tan

 

3) Rooftop Bars 

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Even if you do take a trip out of NY this summer – you KNOW you can’t stay away for long. No other city in the world has rooftop bars like ours. It’s rooftop season, and you should take advantage! Some of New York’s best even offer pool access. The ones that don’t still offer stellar views. If you’re trying to give your hometown friends FOMO, this is your chance. Sip on a delicious drink and get some shots of that skyline. You can go back to your favorite indoor bar in October. For now – have an affair with something that looks like this ^^

PERFECT FOR: an Instagram photo

 

4) Smorgasburg 

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Not everyone likes to drink. Some of us prefer FOOD. Head on down to the seaport district for your choice of the best NYC’s food vendors have to offer. Lobster rolls, gourmet doughnuts, ice cream sandwiches, and the famous Ramen Burger are all available here. Take your time browsing this flea market for food. And don’t forget to stock up – Smorgasburg is only around for a few short months!

PERFECT FOR: an outing with friends

 

5) Cornhole 

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Unfortunately, now that we’re all “adults” or whatever – we don’t get to take the summer off. Work happens year round and vacations are short! To keep your sanity, and to reconnect with your childhood – play cornhole! This low key game keeps it casual and fun. Your remedy for a hard day at work – come have fun with us and forget all about it. Make a new friend. Maybe even meet a new boyfriend or girlfriend so your parents can finally stop nagging you about it. How nice does that sound?

PERFECT FOR: remedying a long day at the office

 

6) Happy Hour 

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We take fun seriously and think you should, too! You’ve been cooped up, working hard all winter. Now’s the time to let loose, explore, and go outside your comfort zone. Everyone has their “regular” bar. But let’s be real – at your regular bar, you meet all the same old regular people, order the regular drink, and have the regular night. Time for you to try someplace new! Lucky for you, here at Zog, we introduce you to some new bars in the city at our post-game happy hours.

PERFECT FOR: the type of night they write songs about

 

7) Coney Island Boardwalk 

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Ferris wheels, fireworks, corndogs, and the beach? This is like your childhood dream of what Summer looked like. Is it really summer unless you eat a Popsicle on a boardwalk? You don’t have to venture too far. While the Jersey shore, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod are all viable options, Coney Island is a mere subway ride away. Bring your significant other and enjoy that magical carnival date she’s been secretly dying for you to take her on. I mean, really, haven’t you ever seen the Notebook?

PERFECT FOR: people watching

 

8) The Prospect Park Fireworks Show

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Show a little love to Brooklyn. Especially on July 4th. Manhattan has its own go-to spots for seeing the show – but ditch them. No other place in New York will give you the same experience. On a night like July 4th, Manhattan is a crowded mess. Similar to New Year’s Eve, there are so many options for things to do – it can be overwhelming and sort of a letdown. Skip all that and bring your squad to Prospect Park. The Fireworks show here is unrivaled and with a surprisingly manageable crowd. If you’re into taking photos – no other venue will give you the same quality of pictures! If you don’t believe us – just check Instagram.

PERFECT FOR: a great night with friends

 

9) Central Park New York Philharmonic 

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Speaking of fireworks – the Central Park New York Philharmonic show is an unmissable event this summer. Each year, the shows end with fireworks against the Manhattan skyline. But don’t come just for the sparks – come for the music! Tickets for the NYPhil are normally pretty high – this free event gives you the same experience for nothing at all. The most talented instrumentalists of New York come together to give you an incredible show. Bring a blanket and some wine, and have a great night.

PERFECT FOR: impressing your friend who’s into classical music and discussing politics

 

10) Throw an End-Of-Summer party with all your ZogSports friends!

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As summer comes to an end – you’re sure to have a whole new group of friends joining your squad and being a part of your life. Celebrate your friendship! Get together, take over someone’s apartment or house – and throw a banger to send off summer. Make sure Kanye is bumping on the playlist. He may not be coming back to New York for a while….

PERFECT FOR: turning acquaintances into BFFs

 

What’s on your summer bucket list?  Comment below or let us know on Instagram @ZogSports.

Visit us at www.ZogSports.com

The 3 reasons why people are playing in social sports leagues this summer

Summer registration is open and leagues are selling out fast.  Why?

Here are the Top 3 Reasons why people are playing ZogSports this summer:

1) It’s hard to meet people in NYC…

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unless you consider sharing a seat with a woman in headphones meeting people.
When you play ZogSports, you meet super fun people from day one!

2) You need that sun-kissed glow…

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and tanning booths are so 2006.
When you play ZogSports, getting that golden tan is an added perk!

3) You gotta keep up that beach bod…

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since you finally mastered the post-workout selfie.
When you play ZogSports, you can break up your mundane workout routine!

Don’t live vicariously through Instagram this summer.  Spare yourself the FOMO and join a team with ZogSports!

Choose your sport:

BASKETBALL
BOWLING
CORNHOLE
DODGEBALL
FOOTBALL
HOCKEY
KICKBALL
SOCCER
SOFTBALL
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
VOLLEYBALL
WIFFLE BALL