Top 10 Reasons Why It Sucks To Be Single In NYC

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How many cute couples can one person pass on the lonely NYC streets?  How many times can one person listen to the guilt from a mother questioning “why are you still single?”  How many chick flicks can one person watch over a pint of ice cream while “I’m going to be alone forever” tears pour from the eyes?  Good thing we have a good solution!  But first, let’s commiserate over the Top 10 Reasons Why It Sucks To Be Single In NYC:

10) Being the 3rd wheel sucks
although not having to share your ice cream is pretty sweet

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9) You have nobody to make out with on the cab ride home from a night out
even though you probably found someone to make out with while you were at the bar

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8) You cant kill a cockroach
but you are perfectly capable of screaming and hibernating in your bed until it’s gone

 

7) People in New York City are hard to impress
and you’re hardly impressed by them anyway

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6) There are way too many dating apps
and way too many creeps

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5) Drinking alone makes you an alcoholic
but for some reason drinking with a partner makes it romantic

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4) You get mad at people’s PDA on the subway
but really you’re just jealous

3) You don’t have a built in beer pong partner
and let’s face it, that guy that swears he’s the beer pong champion is just a douchebag

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2) The rent is too damn high for a 1 bedroom if you’re not splitting it
and you’re not one of the lucky ones whose parents are paying your rent

1) Winter
because nobody wants to be alone during cuffing season

Don’t worry, singletons of New York City!  Cure your loneliness by meeting your soulmate, partner, rebound, or just new best friend in a ZogSports Co-Ed Social Sports league.  Over a dozen sports to choose from [from basketball to cornhole] with a happy hour after every game each week [a great place to test out your newest pickup lines].

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We’ve watched hundreds of relationships form, vows be exchanged, and babies be born [we haven’t actually seen the births, but we’ve seen the living proof] through ZogSports.  Don’t believe us?  Check out just one example here.

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Epic Beer Pong Shot

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There’s skills and then there’s SKEEEEELS.

Being that we organize and host weekly happy hours for thousands of Zoggers every week where drinking games are the main event, we better be the experts in all areas!  The ZogSports team had a giant pool party yesterday, which obviously wasn’t complete without a floating beer pong table.  Leading by example, check out Danielle, our soccer league manager, as she hits her [heating up, on fire] FOURTH CONSECUTIVE SHOT to win the game!

Beautiful!  You can practically taste the chlorine pouring out of the tears of her opponents as they wade in disbelief.  This is ZogSports and we take our fun seriously.

You can join the fun, too!  Register for a ZogSports coed social sports league and enjoy post-game happy hours each week! 

Why I Zog – Shafiq’s Story

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We know that ZogSports is the best way to meet new people in New York City, but we love to hear the evidence from first-time Zoggers!  Here’s Shafiq’s story:

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“I moved to NYC a few months back, and my roommate at the time highly recommended ZogSports to me (He also wore many cool colored ZogSports’ t-shirts around the apartment). So being the kind of person who loves to hang out, play sports, and meet new people, I decided to check out the Zog website. Fortunately for me, I found the perfect Sport (Volleyball), on the perfect day (Sunday), in the perfect location (Brooklyn Bridge Park)! Pretty much signed up on the spot.

The first meet was pretty awesome as I got to meet most of the team! We weren’t totally on the same page yet, but going to a happy hour (recommended spot by Zog) after week 1 got us talking and helped create a strong camaraderie. What was really cool is that we started doing all sorts of events around game time from week to week including brunches, sticking around to play more volleyball, and even exploring Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg together! Many of us also hung out together and watched the 4th of July fireworks together thanks to a warm invitation from a teammate! From there we got better every week and learned to communicate on court more effectively!  We even started having some inside jokes (whose got middle?).

This was a phenomenal first time experience, and I made some awesome friends along the way! I plan on trying other Zog sports as well as keeping in touch with current teammates to see what other sports they will be participating in, as well as what they are up to around NYC!

We got playoffs coming up this weekend and hoping to win it all! Go “Orange is the new BLOCK”!”

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Your new best friends are waiting for you!  Meet them now at ZogSports.com.

Meant To Be – A ZogSports Love Story

We know that many people play ZogSports in order to keep playing their favorite sports from childhood, but so many people join ZogSports for the social aspects, too: to have an organized and fun outlet to hangout with their group of friends on a weekly basis, to make new friends, and maybe even to meet their soulmate.  The latter became true for Brenda and Colin Miners.

Check out their amazing story that proves they were meant to be, and thanks to ZogSports, they finally found each other!

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In the fall of 2010, I started a soccer team with a few friends. I had moved to NYC from Canada two years prior and I thought [ZogSports] would be a great way to meet new people. In order to fill up the roster, my friends invited their friends who invited their friends, and that was how Colin was introduced onto the team. As we slowly got to know each other every week after the games, we realized how much we had in common. 

We had both graduated from the same school, the University of Waterloo, but in different years. We had both completed internships in NYC in finance. He even worked with an old roommate of mine at one point and claims to have visited our apartment but I wasn’t home (3 years before we officially met). A few years after we started dating, I found a picture of the two of us at a poker tournament back in Canada, sitting next to each other, and the picture was dated July 5, 2005. 

We’ve been loyal members of ZogSports since that fabulous fall of 2010. Through ZogSports soccer, and the continuous cycle of friends bringing in more friends, we found our family away from home. So many special friendships and bonds were formed through our weekly games, all of which we carried off the field. Some of our friends have come and gone, not only from our soccer team but from NYC. We were thrilled to have a reunion and celebration at our wedding in Jamaica on April 12, 2015. 

Funny thing is, I’m not even any good at soccer! But we all have so much fun, it doesn’t matter. 

We love this story!  Congratulations, Brenda and Colin, and might we say you all look dapper!

ZogSports is the best mix of sports and social.  Whether you’ve been playing for years or never played before, your new best friends, and maybe even your lifelong partner, are waiting for you!  Join a team now at www.ZogSports.com.

Have you experienced a highlight through ZogSports? We want to hear about it! Tell us at highlights@zogsports.com.

Highlight Of The Week – 13th Season

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“This is our 13th season playing soccer as a team. It’s something I truly look forward to every week; some of my teammates have become my closest friends.”

-Carly, Strippers XIII.5, ZogSports New York

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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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Highlight Of The Week – Happy

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Highlight Of The Week – Colleagues

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Highlight Of The Week – Love To Ball

Highlight Of The Week - Champions

Highlight Of The Week – Champions

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Highlight Of The Week – Engaged

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Highlight of the Week – Tie Dyed

Highlight Of The Week – Tie Dyed

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“The highlight of my week is putting on my Tie Dyed Zog T-shirt,because it makes me proud of how unique our team is.We made the shirts ourselves which was awesome for team bonding.”

-Shannon, Psychadelic Ballers, ZogSports New York

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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.


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.

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!

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.

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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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