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Bill Hall: Artist captured the real Brady — a deflated man

Columnist Bill Hall
Columnist Bill Hall

We are now watching a conflict between a handsome quarterback whose conceit is overinflated and an attractive courtroom artist whose humility is as civilized as her talent. And yet a person could make a case for the worth of both the quarterback and the artist.

Meanwhile, I’m still astounded after all these years that my high school overlooked me as a quarterback simply because I was short and weighed 129 pounds. It was a really solid 129 pounds.

For that matter, the artistic world also overlooked me. Nobody ever wanted to hire me as a courtroom sketch artist. They mumbled something about my not being able to draw a straight line with a ruler.

I could have been a football star, a gifted stud like that New England quarterback Tom Brady, but he does have a downside — vindictive fans. They include the hounds of horniness — women who have the football hots for Brady, as well as snarling male fans who believe God walks the earth in a football helmet.

Enter Jane Rosenberg, a courtroom sketch artist of many years experience. She was in the courtroom doing her usual job when the Internet opened up and drenched her in bile, verbally assaulting her with the Brady bunch.

She had created a quick sketch of Brady in the courtroom and highlighted him accurately in an apprehensive, saggy-faced pose that his fans hated.

She copied Brady’s mood in a way that left a frustrated expression on his normally handsome face. That was a natural consequence for anyone who sits in court threatened with a four-game suspension.

He is being dragged through the courts, defending a minor matter involving NFL rules against letting too much air out of the footballs to make them easier to throw. There isn’t much doubt that New England team helpers went too far in letting out air from the ball — just the way Brady likes it. But Brady might not have known — wink, wink.

Meanwhile, quarterback worshippers were furious about what Rosenberg innocently did. She saw a haggard face on the famous quarterback — a sad look that most of us might display if we were dragged into court and left to worry about losing our reputation and our full earning power.

And now the slavering bullies of the Internet have pounded Rosenberg for innocently revealing through Brady’s facial features what kind of day he was having.

As for me, the punishment of Brady is out of proportion. A four-game suspension is overkill. Even if the big quarterback is a big fibber about his knowledge of deflated balls, the proposed suspension wipes out one-fourth of the games he would usually be playing.

Meanwhile, some of those crude New England fans are jumping all over an artist who was only doing her job.

These distorted Brady fans are also typical of millions of other hotheads on the Internet who specialize in insults and vicious threats. That’s not what’s wrong with football alone. That’s what’s wrong with the kind of people who don’t get what little they want out of life and instead abuse others with their livid tantrums.

That is the despicable trait of too many denizens of the Internet. Most bewildering of all is how many of those cowards choose to remain anonymous. If they aren’t an embarrassment to Brady, they should be.

Meanwhile, I was struck by the expression on his normally handsome face that Rosenberg naively recorded in her sketch. She caught what he looked like that day.

He looked like a wilting man who had just lost all the air out of his deflated head.

Contact Bill Hall at wilberth@cableone.net or at 1012 Prospect Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.

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