Donald Yee, Tom Brady's agent, has lately become the go-to source for loony sports reforms idea. Inspired by the fact that Nick Saban had called (some) agents names, it was Yee who tossed out perhaps the worst idea for paying college football players: privatizing college football.
Now, Yee has a few ideas on how to solve the standoff over the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. And it's, um, nothing if not completely original. In fairness, his idea of expanding the NFL roster and allowing all players to be eligible for a game isn't bad. But then, things get odd.
Institute a rule that prohibits any player from appearing in more than 16 games.
"This compromise will create even more interest from fans," Yee said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "What two games will the head coach sit the starting QB? That's a discussion that will set sports talk radio airwaves afire."
Yes, it would do that. It could also make fans almost as angry at teams during the regular season as they already are about paying full price for preseason games. Just think about being a Colts fan who's gotten ready to drive down to the stadium and shell out $10 a beer, only to find out that you're not going to see Peyton Manning throwing to Reggie Wayne, but Curtis Painter throwing to Taj Smith. It would be like a preaseason game -- that counts. Which might be the only way to make preseason games worse.
But we should really all pity Bills fans. How many teams are going to have their starting quarterback on the field in Buffalo when they might need him for a game against a team with a pulse?
That's not the most frightening part of this idea, though. The worst part is that Yee teaches law at Southern Cal and Virginia. Which means that we will soon have dozens of Yees running around out there, and hundreds of bad ideas that some sport might listen to some day.