We Are the Wall
by Nate Kyng
I grew up with the idea that fans loved all of their players too. I never once heard my brothers speaking ill of any player for Michigan or Notre Dame. To this day, I don’t see them dogging their players. And, growing up in Oakland, home of the Raiders, their loyalty is the best thing about that team.
Since the beginning of this DeflateGate saga…I have never seen so much crying in my life. I mean, man up already.
The media lies, okay? They lie about everything and they always tell one half of the story, if that. Whether it’s politics, societal problems, sports, celebrities or whatever else, it’s never the complete truth. Like Mortensen and his false report in regards to the “11 out of 12 balls were found under inflated” bit (which they didn’t apologize for until months after the fact, at two o’clock in the morning). The media is not going to profit off of inspiration and motivation, success and triumph. How many triumphant things did you see about the Broncos winning the Super Bowl? Maybe one or two. Last year, when we won the Super Bowl, how many triumphant things did you see trend? Not that many. They were both wrapped up in scandal and allegations. If the Panthers had won, it would’ve been the same for them, or for the Arizona Cardinals. They profit off of all that drama because that’s the status quo of society unfortunately.
Don’t be the status quo. Rise above it.
Let’s take a look back at some historical moments throughout time.
Battle of Okehazama – June 1560: During Japan’s civil war, the Oda family and company of 2,000 people went up against the opposing 40,000 men force. They set up a trap that misled the enemy forces, surprised attacked them and finished the war within 2 hours.
The Great Siege of Malta – May 11 to Sept. 18, 1565: Malta was a tiny island-nation that went up against overwhelming odds, with sheer will and passion, they defended their nation against the superpower of that time, the Ottomans. Malta only had about 8,500 armed men, 2,500 of which were just civilians. They went up against an army of nearly 50,000 and eventually wore them down, forcing them to surrender.
Battle of Viktov Hill – 1420: 150,000 Crusaders sieged a Hussite’s city of Bohemia, but were so disorganized, that the Hussite’s army, which was significantly less, and all they had were sharpened tools as weapons, were able to ward off every advance by the enemy Crusaders.
The Civil Rights Movement – Martin Luther King, Jr.: He was told endlessly by his fellow man, no matter the color, how he was wasting his time. How he’d never win. How he’d never overcome. Yet he did. He opened new doors and revolutionized the United States of America. He refused to give up.
The Battle of Thermopylae – 480 BC: King Leonidas led 7,000 of his best soldiers to face the Persian army of 150,000, led by Xerxes, to protect their freedom. And, the fought til the very end, where later, the reserved troops eventually defeated the massive army.
- The Battle of New England – Super Bowl XLIX – 2015: There’s 27 seconds left on the clock in the 4th quarter. The Seattle Seahawks have the ball on the one yard line. The score is New England, 28 – Seattle, 24. This touchdown means victory for the Hawks. Russell Wilson throws the ball into the end zone and it’s INTERCEPTED BY MALCOLM BUTLER! The crowd goes wild, only to be silenced at the flag thrown, and then, boom! The New England Patriots win their 4th Super Bowl title, overcoming the odds!
One of the things I’ve noticed a lot in the Patriots Nation is when a breaking news story comes out about the Pats, everyone gets riled up, emotions are flared, people go crazy and we all start to war against each other. While it’s difficult to apply I’ll admit, something my dad always taught me was to never allow your emotion to negatively or detrimentally govern your action. Your emotions should fuel your actions only when it’s good for you. For example, the way Tom Brady plays better when he’s angry. He channels that anger into something good and beneficial to him, whereas with others, it forces bad moves. We know you’re tired, fed up, restless and weary of all this drama and constant challenges from Roger Goodell. But you can’t allow it to affect you so deeply that you can’t rise out of it. Use that emotion to channel it into drive, determination, will, passion and pride.
You know what happens when you say things like “It is what it is” or “There’s nothing we can do” – You’re subconsciously setting yourself up to fail. Because you don’t believe it’s possible, your mind shuts off from thinking up the possibilities and/or opportunities that could arise.
To better explain what I’m trying to say, this is a story I wrote called “The Waterfall©” as a reminder in life…Though as I said, it IS hard to apply but not impossible.
You’re walking through a forest, it’s cool, calm and all is grand. As you walk through this forest, you begin to ponder about your past. You’ve traveled far across oceans, where one moment it was beautiful and amazing, and the next you were drowning in stormy seas. You crossed the deserts, where the sun beat you down into the ground, forcing you on your hands and knees, crawling for survival; your very own hell. You’ve climbed the mountains, where you never thought you’d make it, where you fell down a lot. You’ve walked through jungles at night, unsure of where to go and unable to see. You’ve ran through fields wild and free, where you had no care in the world. And, as you stop pondering, you find yourself at a cliff face and a towering waterfall.
To your left of the waterfall, there’s nothing but miles and miles of high cliffs. To your right, the same thing. And, to your front, the large wall of water pouring down into a small lake. You look around thinking to yourself, ‘What do I do? Where do I go? It’s impossible!’
It’s not. You’re too close, too involved, your emotions are too riled up. You’ve already doubted yourself. You’ve already accepted defeat. It shuts off your vision, your determination and will. Take a few steps back, take a deep breath and look at the situation from not just left or right, or front to back. Look at it from ALL angles. Now do you see it? The way to keep traversing? Look closer…
There it is. There’s a pathway to a cave behind the waterfall. One where you can see a small, distant light. Some parts are lit, some parts are pitch black dark. You will fall, you will be scared, you will see things you’ve never seen, but you will also see that there’s a way out. You just have to find out how to get there, and you can’t get there unless you open your mind to all the angles, all the perspectives, and most importantly, all the possibilities you could achieve.
Don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. ‘Don’t stop! Believing! Hold on to that feeellinnng, yeahhh” *ahem* Excuse me. If you think you’re going to lose, you will. If you think you’re going to fail, you will. But if you think you can win or that you will triumph, then you damn sure will, one way or another.
As I stated in the group I lead, Defenders of the Wall, in regards to Robert Kraft, how many of you have had situations in your own life where you trusted the wrong people? Where you gave just a little bit too much of you time and effort into someone undeserving? This does not make you a weak person, this does not make you eligible for mockery and ridicule. Everyone has done this. In fact, statistically speaking, the ones who are the most closed off are the ones who’ve been hurt the deepest. In that, do you think that perhaps Mr. Kraft was hurt by Roger Goodell? Even then, Kraft swallowed his pride and tried to fight back. You know, one of the most commonly said phrases by humans when they mess up or when they can’t accept that they’ve messed up, they all use a cop-out excuse, “I’m only human! I make mistakes!”
Mistakes are just miscalculations to me.
Leaders are not immune from making a few wrong moves, but those wrong moves shouldn’t warrant a betrayal. Being victorious in battle isn’t just about running your enemy down without remorse and being relentless in your action either. There are processes, tactics and systems you have to learn and follow in order to become victorious over the opposing force. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the “Art of War” by Sun Tzu, while the book is about military tactics that formed modern day technique, if applied to your mental and emotional aspect, you would benefit greatly. In that book, written by Sun Tzu, one of the most legendary, iconic war generals of all time said:
That’s exactly what Mr. Kraft tried to do. It didn’t work. Don’t lynch the guy for trying something he believed would work. He didn’t do it for self gain, he did because he thought it would help the situation. How many times has Robert Kraft let you down versus the amount of times he’s given you a reason to be proud? This was much more before my time and before my love of the Patriots began, but think back to when Billy Sullivan and Victor Klam wanted to move the Patriots to Jacksonville, and it was Kraft who refused it. And, then later when James Orthwein wanted to move the team to St. Louis, again, Mr. Kraft turned it down. Considering that Orthwein didn’t want to be in New England for a long time period, and that all ownership deals had to go through Kraft, Kraft decided to buy the team himself. It was then that the New England Patriots were here to stay.
That should be more than enough to keep your loyalty, trust and love for him intact. It certainly does for me, and I’ve never even been to New England
Same goes for Bill Belichick. When the Patriots lost their first game in the 2015 season, I was more deeply affected by the reactions and words passed by the alleged fans. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. “They’re not even trying!” or “Get open! What’s wrong with you?!” This may be hard for you to process, but the other teams do have skilled players. They have a job to do as well: Stop the Patriots from scoring. Then later, when the Pats lost to Miami at the end of the season, I kept seeing “I don’t see us winning the Super Bowl” and “I don’t believe in Belichick anymore” – Please excuse my French, but…are you f*cking serious?!
Again, how many times has Belichick disappointed you versus the amount of times he’s made you proud and boastful? Going beyond the 250 victories (putting him at 4th out of all time, passing Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau, for most wins as a head coach), going beyond the 15 consecutive winning seasons, going beyond the 20+ playoff victories, going beyond the 13 division crowns, going beyond the 6 conference titles, and going beyond the 4 Super Bowl championships (not to mention his two prior with the NY Giants)…Beyond all that, he pretty f*cked the NY Jets, one of our rivals, in the ass. During all that drama with Parcells, Belichick was head coach of the Jets for one day before announcing his resignation. Soon after, Belichick replaced the recently fired Pete Carroll and became the head coach of the New England Patriots.
If anyone, Bill Belichick deserves your loyalty, pride and trust above the rest.
What it all comes down to is faith, hope and love.
The Faith that you have in your head coach, Bill Belichick that he will get the job done regardless of the circumstance. The Hope that you have in your owner, Robert Kraft to do the things we cannot because of the power of his voice. And, the Love you have for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots as a whole. They have quite the history, from the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the Boston TB Party in 2015-2016. The very least you could do for this trifecta of dominance is to defend them at all costs against any or all who would try to tear them apart. They are the sole reason behind your passion, behind your joy, behind your reasons to be proud. They deserve your respect and your loyalty above all others.
Before I finish, looking back at all those wars throughout time, it was always a smaller force against a bigger force. Even if you look at the Revolutionary war itself, the British had the most powerful Navy, well organized ground troops and were established. The Patriots on the other hand had no national government, no national army or navy, no financial system, no banks, no established credit, and no functioning government departments, such as a treasury. The advantage the Patriots had over the British were powerful allies and a passion that the British would not take their freedom. The Patriots were basically a set of various, spread out small militias, though well organized in their trade.
The biggest asset to the Patriots in winning the Revolutionary War? Motivation. They wanted to win. They refused to back down. They refused to give up. The British expected their Loyalists and the German mercenaries they hired to do their fighting for them, but it proved not to be enough. Especially after the Continental Army was born, led by Commander-in-Chief, George Washington, in which they successfully attacked the British at the Battle of Monmouth. Washington’s diligence and determination to win, alongside the hearts burning with pride and passion of all the Patriots, the Americans won the war in 1783. And, in that time, in 1776, the United States of America, as you know it now, was born on July 4th, 1776.
Just as with the Patriots of 1775 to the greatest of the game of Football, Tom Brady, the motivation to win is what drives them to win. Again, because they BELIEVE they can. Confidence is key. Determination is key. Passion is key. It does seem like the NFL and Roger Goodell are too powerful of a force to fight against, and they do have their power beyond most. But they are NOT untouchable, they are NOT unbreakable and they are not an impossible force. They are simply men and women in business attire, throwing money around and exercising their stances of power. YOU on the other hand are Patriots. Beyond the game of football, you are the militias in the world who have a say, who have a voice, who has the right to stand up and DO something. We don’t need 500,000 people. We don’t need advanced weaponry. We don’t need you to don super powers. We just need your heart & your voice, and most importantly, your actions that coincide with each.
We need passion. Faith. Hope. Love. Determination. Will. Dedication. Perseverance. We need your voice; the most powerful thing you own. We need you stand up. Regardless if we win or not, I personally can not just sit back and allow it to happen. This isn’t about deflated footballs, this isn’t about the Patriots vs Goodell…This is about the moral principals where Goodell allows the likes of Ray Rice or Greg Hardy to roam freely within the confines of the NFL, as he condemns the deflation of footballs.
Remember the Patriots of yesteryear and remember the Patriots of today. Remember the history of your team. Remember the reasons you love them. Remember the times when you jumped for glee and laughed in the face of the haters. Let that inspire you and push you. Do not allow the opinions of haters, nay sayers, or even the detractors within the Patriots Nation, to deter you from your own pride and passion. That’s allowing them to win. Don’t shut out the possibilities that could arise from an open mind, by accepting defeat. The NFL IS powerful…but We the People are 1000 times more powerful than they realize. But we must act in unison…We must put away our personal ideas about any one of us and work together, as an effectivemilitia of sorts to crumble the walls that stand before the great tyrant, Roger Goodell and his armies of suits.
Don’t allow Roger Goodell to triumph. The moment you give up, accept defeat and give in. He triumphs. He laughs in your faces. He profits off of you. Don’t allow him that. But most importantly, don’t allow him to force your heart to give up. Just as our fearless leader, use that emotion you feel when a new story breaks out and channel it into something good, into something to motivate you to want to win. He may be able to take our draft picks, our seats, our favorite pastimes, but NEVER allow him to take away your pride, your passion and your loyalty.
Remember not who you’re fighting against, but who you’re fighting for.
Nate “Kyng” Borges