All levels of life would be affected. You're in high school. Your friend says he's working hard to be a famous point guard. You say you're working hard to be a famous Smart Kid.
The captain of the cheerleaders would have to decide between dating the quarterback or the Smart Kid.
Every night, teenagers would go to bed with posters of Nobel Prize winners and professors of particle physics on their walls, right next to the posters of Troy Aikman, Penny Hardaway and Ozzy Osbourne eating a gerbil.
Smart Kid trading cards! SAT scores and grade point averages would be listed on the back!
Should the New York Jets take Peyton Manning or Orlando Pace or a Smart Kid with the first draft pick? Let's face it, you could use a franchise quarterback or an All-Pro offensive lineman, sure, but you can't win the close ones without a good Smart Kid.
It's an amazing concept.
How do I think up these things?
I don't know. I'm always wondering whether they should raise the basket, lower the basket or let players play with springs in their sneakers. Or if an obese man would make a good hockey goaltender. Or if the dropkick will ever come back. The Smart Kid Rule just came to me. I thought that maybe it would be good for sports, for our society, if once in a while we showed a Smart Kid on television, made him the same kind of hero that we make our athletes.
How about this? Why don't we have Smart Kids answer questions for points after touchdowns? For free throws? For big situations, bottom of the ninth, bases loaded? Why not have two or three Smart Kids on a team?