Nothing brings out the depravity of man like interaction with each other. This is what I have recently discovered with my efforts here. I began this blog on November 6th because I could not find a place that would give me (a recent convert from FCD to the Wizards) Wizards information that went beyond stats. I also thought there were some interesting stories to be told regarding the players and the efforts by the new owners. It has taken work to get it all together, I’ve taken trips to practice, visited the kiosk at Ward PKWY, brought my two year old to IHOP Toys for Tots events and those have all really been a great deal of fun for myself and my family. Yet, recently the blog has lost some of the fun and felt more like a job than the enjoyable hobby it was at the beginning. I don’t mean criticism either, that doesn’t bother me, but when it turns to people like Wade Jackson threatening to sue me and accusing me of intentionally pursuing his photos to steal, it wears on me. When Wade made a threat using all caps and the word “sue” I simply didn’t want to give into that sort of mentality; had he asked nicely I would have gladly removed the photo.
It is not just him though, he is certainly a jerk, but the way I have reacted to him being a jerk really concerns me. I was a jerk too. See, I am a Christian and I trust in Christ alone for salvation, and his glory is more important to me than the Wizards or even putting a jerk in his place. So when I find I’m being a jerk in response I know there is something wrong and it must be corrected. Romans 12:18 says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” I have failed to do that. It was in my power to give in and remove the photo, I have now done just that, but much arguing could have been avoided and should have been avoided. I apologize to all who had to witness that here and on Big Soccer.
Wade, I still think you reacted like a jerk, but I apologize to you for using your photo; it was a result of negligence, not malice. I was wrong in not removing it immediately after you asked. In my responses to you I feel I have sinned against you publicly and so I ask for your forgiveness publicly.
As far as this website goes, I’m going to take a bit of a break and think about whether I should continue Oz City or not. I had begun a post on fan-made logos that I found interesting, but I have no idea who made them and I don’t want to constantly have to fight people over a blog that was meant to be fun and build interest in the Wizards. In the mean time you can find a great deal of soccer info by following links on the blog guide page and you can find Wizards specific info on DowntheByline and perhaps soon on the Wizards’ official blog.