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 3 on 3 Coed Basketball team, US of Shakin & Bacon.

US of Shakin & Bacon In Ten 

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

A year, we just completed our fourth season Zog seasons.

2) How did you settle on your team name?

Several team members work in television. Our name derives from the title of a series one of us was working on– The United States of Bacon.

3) What’s your favorite team memory?

In a season riddled by injury, Nicole was often the only girl able to make the games. One night, she forgot her shoes, and had to play in one our guy’s low-top Vans, that were at least four sizes too big for her. So Nicole played four games with oversized sneaks…and still led us to a 3-1 record.

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

Hustle and Flow. We’re a small team, so we depend on hustle, movement and passing to be competitive.

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

“99 problems” We can be shooting horrible, we can be physically banged up, we can be getting killed on the boards…but we never have a problem with the ladies on our team. They carry us and were the biggest reason we won the championship this season.

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

Michael Shannon. He’s an amazingly talented character actor (Boardwalk Empire, Revolutionary Road, Man of Steel). He’s not the leading man, but he always contributes a strong performance.

We’re a not a team of superstars. We’re a team of role players. Everyone knows their assignment and sacrifices their own game for the good of the team.

Michael would fit right in with our squad.

7) Beer Pong or Flip Cup?

C. None of the above. We’re an older team, our Beer Ping/Flip Cup days ended with the Bush administration. (For some of us, Bush 41…for others Bush 43.)

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

Tough call here. We play with some real characters. You never know what Nicole is going to say or do on the court, or which item of clothing she has forgotten that we will have to track down last minute so we can play, always a surprise with that one! And then there is Kori. She’s constantly talking, coaching, and cheerleading. She’s our Energizer bunny.

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

Nicole.

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

Rewarding.

Not only have we ‘ve won some games, but through playing together we’ve become good friends.

 

Thanks, US of Shakin & Bacon, for giving us the inside scoop. Keep those championships coming!

Keep Zoggin’ – your team could be featured next!

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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.

This week’s post comes from our Los Angeles General Manager, Matt Worley. Matt is a long time Zogger and knows the ins and outs of what it really means to be a player, referee and General Manager. Today he shares how he began his ZogSports journey. 

It started with a simple craigslist post:  Looking for sports teams to play with.

That’s all I wrote and the one reply I received was simple:  “Check out ZogSports.com.”

That’s it!  No name.  No hard push.  It was just a simple offer of an opportunity.

In 2004, I joined my first season of ZogSports in New York City playing softball and football.  Softball was like putting on a familiar glove—I can play the game anytime, anywhere.  I loved it, I knew it well and it loved me back.  Football, however, was something I only played in the pick-up games of my youth.  So as an adult, playing football was strange.  Yet, despite my reticence, I dove in and had a blast.  I loved the co-ed teams, liked the rules and appreciated the way Zog refs felt less like authority figures and more like friends on the field.  It all fit together so well.  The happy hour bars were like oases for my young twenty something self who had just moved to New York and was looking to get out and meet new people.  It was great and I wanted more.

Being young and on a lower rung of the economic ladder in a big city made me hungry for ways to make extra money while still having fun.  As luck would have it, I applied and received a job refereeing football and basketball for ZogSports!  I was able to continue playing while also helping and assisting others with having fun and being social on the field and court.  I was meeting and hanging out with so many Zoggers every week that I almost forgot about my other jobs. While I eventually learned to balance my life, the pull towards ZogSports was addictive… and I wanted more.

Matt In Action

Matt in Action

Then, as is the case with life, I was pulled in a different direction.  I eventually stopped reffing and cut back to playing just softball.  The winds of change eventually blew me to the west coast and when I arrived in Los Angeles I found the sports scene to be socially starved.  I tried several “social” sports leagues, but I found them to be unorganized and poorly run compared to my experience with ZogSports in New York.  People showed up to play the game and then went home.  So, I started to create small changes, like getting my team to go out drinking with our competition after the game.  While this served as a social band-aid, I was still unimpressed with the social sports scene in LA. I wanted more.

Then I got the call.

My phone rang one afternoon and when I picked it up I heard, “WORLEY! How are you man?” It was Robert Herzog informing me of the plans to expand ZogSports to the Los Angeles area.  He told me about the search for a General Manager and asked if I was interested in the position. Whoa baby… I thought long and hard about the opportunity, as it would mean heading in a new direction and leaving the acting career I had pursued for over 12 years.  I was unsure, but strangely excited.  So, I went through the eight week interview process and as things progressed, I realized that the job was perfect for me!  I got more excited with each step and consequent presentation.  I wanted the challenge of introducing LA to the organization that had shaped my life so positively in New York City.  I met my closest friends through ZogSports and I knew that the Zog community, with its social aspects, organizational prowess and charitable focus, was something that Los Angeles needed badly.

Finally, I was offered the job!  Something that started with a simple Craigslist post eight years prior led to the single best job I have ever had.  It’s amazing what God can create when you just ask and then follow the signs put before you.

To this day no one knows who replied to my post all those years ago.  If I had not trusted that message from my cyberspace angel, who knows where I would be today?

LA Zoggers Doing What They Do Best

LA Zoggers Doing What They Do Best