Other athletes will just have to laugh off the long-lens surveillance of society. Or not: Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson, caught laughing on the sideline while his team trailed 24--6 in the fourth quarter of a game in November, took a long and painful turn in the spanking machine of sports media, beginning with a postgame press conference of almost proctological inquiry.
The quarterback who can't laugh can only cry. Except that's not an option either. When Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shed tears in an ESPN interview that aired last week—he was recalling the NFL draft of 2000, when he went unchosen until the 199th pick—he was roundly ridiculed for his display of human emotion. Another Pyrrhic victory for viewers-turned-voyeurs. Final score: Peeping Toms 1, Weeping Toms 0. For Brady—and all his colleagues—the only thing left to cry is uncle.
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