Despite being native of Southern California and grew up being fan of the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams (It was before Rams moved to Saint Louis). I always kept eyes on New England Patriots since I was in my teen. I recalled watching the Super Bowl XX when the New England Patriots played against the Chicago Bears on January 26, 1986. Unfortunately, Bears crashed Patriots badly 46-10. It was 14 years before the Belichick & Brady Duo Era. I never thought I would end up living in the Boston area.
After relocation in Boston in 2003, my loyal toward New England Patriots began to be revealed, it does not make my parents very happy because my dad & mom is a diehard fan of New York Jets which was greatly known for long rivalry with Patriots however it doesn’t change their great love for me as their son. As years passed by, I began to become a hardcore fan of the Patriots, at the same time I began to learn that Patriots was one of most hated NFL teams in America. There are numerous people called my Patriots with, such as ANNOYING and INSULTING names such as:
Old England Suckriots
New England Patsies
One of those dear friends called my team, Old England Suckriots, it made me think something, should I name America such as Old America? The origin of America actually started with thirteen colonies which New England was part of it. So do it make sense to call Old England? Calling New England is based on origin dated back to the arrival of the Pilgrims and Puritans from England. It is because they are seeking freedom of worship in their belief in God so they call their new colony as New England. So therefore I found Old England to be truly hilarious and ridiculous name due to sort of ignorance in America History.
Ironically, I grew up in Southern California, where the Lakers were my number one team and their number one rival is the Boston Celtics. I never had any hatred feeling for the Celtics because of a beautiful friendship between Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird. I never thought I would move to Boston when I reached my adulthood. Living in Boston for the past 11 years was indeed one of most blessings I have received from God. I began to understand and feel the true origin of Boston. It is something West Coast or Midwest cannot beat the true origin of the history of the United States of America.
So people need to get America History 101 all over again before they can insult the New England. Or should they insult New England in, such as respectable different way? It is something they need to think twice. I admit I do make fun of other teams with whom I do not truly like or show less favorable toward but I has to remind myself not ever to cross the line where it would get to personally which can harm the friendship. Unfortunately, many Christians would cross the line where there are no love and grace involved. I must admit that I was one of them in the past and I even went overboard, which cost my friendship with few dear people in Boston and it took long time to seek forgiven even our friendships was restored.
When New England Patriots were defeated by the New York Giants twice in Super Bowl (2007 and 2011), I was deeply humiliated and being mocked by how the New England Patriots has become a hopeless team in the NFL. I am so thankful for wonderful and awesome parents despite they are native of New York City and would never anything to humiliate me after the Patriots’ loss to Giants twice in Super Bowl instead they taught me and encouraged me to continue my true loyalty toward Patriots. It is where all of those Patriots haters would not do anything like my parents did to me. My parents greatly respect my own identity where God truly made me to be who I am.
For several years, I began to struggle with my faith and loyalty because Patriots has been struggling to stay in the race but keep losing for a few seasons after 2011. But I was determined to remain loyal toward to Patriots until the deflate incident has stirred up many controversies among Patriots and Patriots haters. To make matters much worse and complicating, all of those Patriot haters and even some retired NFL players have accused New England Patriots of being dishonesty which started with the Spygate incident in 2007.
In light of deflate incident, I have to take some time to seek God in an attempt to understand what has been going on with all kinds of accusation brought against the Patriots. At the quiet time, God led me to a story about Jesus forgives an adulterous woman:
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he went back to the Temple, and all the people came to him, and he sat and taught them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They forced her to stand before the people. They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught having sexual relations with a man who is not her husband. The law of Moses commands that we stone to death every woman who does this. What do you say we should do?” They were asking this to trick Jesus so that they could have some charge against him.
But Jesus bent over and started writing on the ground with his finger. When they continued to ask Jesus their question, he raised up and said, “Anyone here who has never sinned can throw the first stone at her.” Then Jesus bent over again and wrote on the ground.
Those who heard Jesus began to leave one by one, first the older men and then the others. Jesus was left there alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus raised up again and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one judged you guilty?”
She answered, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “I also don’t judge you guilty. You may go now, but don’t sin anymore.” ~ John 8:1-11 (NCV)
I attempted to dig in understanding about the true purpose of this passage on how it applies to NFL situation, and I came to terms, Patriots haters are like snobbish religious leaders who look down on those who did wrong (even they are falsely accused) because the snobbish religious leaders thought they got better and purer NFL team of their own than the New England Patriots. None of us are perfect with true pure heart because all of us are heartbroken in need of filling our withering souls. One and only person who can mend our heart is Jesus HIMSELF! The accusers who accuse individually based on their ugly flaws without showing love, grace and compassion actually have serious problems of their own where accusers are unable to look at their own flaws. No wonder Jesus spoke it clearly:
“Don’t judge others, or you will be judged. You will be judged in the same way that you judge others, and the amount you give to others will be given to you.
“Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, ‘Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend’s eye. ~ Matthew 7:1-5 (NCV)
I realized God is teaching me a great lesson and encourage me to remain my true loyalty toward New England even if they did wrong or not. It is same conception with how my true friends chose to stay with me when I lost everything in 2012 after many years of leading a double life due to my addiction to alcoholism. I went through a period of being insulted, humiliated, and being disrespected even in my inner healing journey in the presence of God. I was reminded that God is a God of restoration.
After the miracle interception of Patriots’ #21 Malcolm Butler during 20 seconds left in the 4th quarter during the Super Bowl game between the Patriots and Seahawks has blown off everyone. I considered one of best miracle plays I has seen since the NCAA football game when Alabama redshirt freshman kicker Adam Griffith missed a 57-yard yard field goal with one second remaining and Auburn cornerback Chris Davis returned it over 100 yards for a game-winning touchdown. It brought the stunning and sweet victory for Auburn over Alabama on 11/30/13. The interception has brought the sweet victory for Patriots over Seahawsk.
In time of hopelessness, there is always a hope.
I made very clear to those people who has been dear to me and even to my New England friends that New England Patriots will be forever be my true NFL team.