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June 23, 1997
Of all the people Tiger has brought in to help manage his career, his best choice has been Fluff.ART PRUETT, MONTEREY, CALIF.
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Of all the people Tiger has brought in to help manage his career, his best choice has been Fluff.

Fluff Stuff
Thank you for the wonderful piece of Fluff journalism (What a Trip, May 26). I attended William Penn College with Mike Cowan, a.k.a. Fluff, and I remember him as an intense competitor on the golf course (we both played on the team) and a student of the game. His loyalty to golf has taken him down a rough path, but it looks as if he may finally reap rewards for his years of devotion.
GARY ANDERSON, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Fluff! What a misnomer. This man sounds as though he is rock solid.

Early Retirement
While many lamented the retirement of the Minnesota Twins' All-Star centerfielder Kirby Puckett in the prime of his career, Puckett expresses nothing but gratitude for having been able to live a dream (A Bright Outlook, May 26). I look forward to the day in 2001 when his smiling lace appears on a bust in Cooperstown.

I remember the 1992 All-Star Game in San Diego. While other players chatted with each other on the field during warmups, Puckett fired ball after ball into the upper deck so that fans who rarely got souvenir balls could go home with one. Puckett is one of the greatest people, not just one of the greatest players, to grace the diamond.

Rod Woodson
It saddens me to see the Pittsburgh Steelers and cornerback Rod Woodson part ways (Gut Check, May 26). I felt that the three-year, $9 million contract the Steelers offered Woodson was fair. As for Woodson's claim that Pittsburgh crowds boo black players, but not white ones, who sign with other teams, Steelers fans booed Bubby Brister, who is white, when he returned to Pittsburgh as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and they will boo Neil O'Donnell, who's also white, when he comes back to town quarterbacking the New York Jets. To turn this into a race issue is ridiculous. Steelers fans bleed black and gold, not black and white.

Rod, we'd love to see you back with the Steelers, but if not, good luck. We'll miss you.
PAUL SEELMAN, Columbus, Ohio

Woodson has forgotten how the fans roared when he was introduced at Three Rivers Stadium on Sept. 8, 1996, after he had missed almost all of the 1995 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. We cheered his determination and his hard work and his ability as an athlete. When Woodson returns this autumn in another uniform, we will boo him. We will boo his lack of loyalty, his attitude, his racial comments and the contract that he will surely receive. But we will not boo his color.

If Woodson feels that he has been mistreated by the Steelers, maybe he should follow Marcus Allen's example, move on quietly to another team and let his performance on the field show the Steelers that they made a mistake.

Spring Practice
The American Football Coaches Association has already taken action to prevent injuries during the 15 days of spring drills (SCORECARD, May 12). This spring Division I-A coaches agreed to follow this practice schedule: On the first two days of practice players wore shorts and helmets, with no contact; three other days, on which players wore so-called half pads (shoulder pads and helmets), were designated as noncontact; and the remaining 10 practices were full contact. Coaches agreed not to have full contact practices on consecutive days whenever possible.

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