When saints become sinners we all breathe more easily, because we all realize the distance between them and us is not so great.
Many will feel their lungs expand, therefore, on hearing that the New England Patriots' quarterback and all-around perfect human being watched last year's Super Bowl illegally on his laptop.
You might think I exaggerate, but no. The Associated Press heard him make the admission quite casually in a Super Bowl news conference.
Here are his reported words: "Last year I was rehabbing my foot in Costa Rica, watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl Web site. And now I'm actually playing in the game. So, it's pretty cool."
There will be some who find it pretty cool, indeed, that Brady chose online illegality. Some feel that the NFL controls its broadcasts so much that, even when their home team is playing and they can't get to the game, they cannot watch it on their local TV station if the game isn't actually sold out.
Perhaps in anticipation--or even celebration--of Brady's words, the authorities this week shut down 307 illegal sports streaming sites.
Still, one of the NFL's most marketable stars seems to believe that watching illegal streaming sites is but normal behavior. This might encourage those who control sports to stream games in a more affordable and modern manner.
Because real sinners are sometimes driven to iniquity merely by the circumstances in which they find themselves and the parental figures who keep telling them "no."
Editor's note: Both NFL.com and NBCSports.com are offering live--and free--streams of this year's Super Bowl. For information on that and other Super Bowl resources, check out this report by Dara Kerr.