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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
July 28, 1986
BO'S DECISIONSir:Upon hearing of Bo Jackson's choice of baseball over football (Bo's Not One To Go With The Flow, July 14), there are many who had this reaction: What a waste.LANNY R. MIDDINGS San Ramon, Calif.
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July 28, 1986

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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BO'S DECISION
Sir:
Upon hearing of Bo Jackson's choice of baseball over football (Bo's Not One To Go With The Flow, July 14), there are many who had this reaction: What a waste.
LANNY R. MIDDINGS
San Ramon, Calif.

Sir:
After reading about Bo Jackson's decision, I thought to myself. Why don't they leave the poor guy alone? His decision to play 5 to 10 years of baseball rather than football doesn't surprise me. I think the main reason people are outraged at his decision has to do with media coverage. Let's face it. How many times have we seen Bo stroke a double or lift one out of the stadium for a home run, compared with the times we've seen him run through the line for a touchdown? Let's all settle down and wish the best for Bo.
JASON PRATT
Sioux City, Iowa

Sir:
As a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I'm beginning to think the more I know of Bo Jackson the happier I am he chose baseball.
MARIANNE MORGAN
Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Sir:
Bo Jackson, shame on you! How could you do this to us football fans? I wish you luck with your baseball career, but you would have had a very successful one in the NFL. As a fan, Bo, I say come back to football. That's where you belong.
BOB LUMINA
Madison, Wis.

Sir:
I feel Douglas Looney's story was too negative. It almost seemed as though Bo was under investigation for something. With drugs and gambling running rampant in sports, Bo Jackson's story is refreshing. Maybe, just maybe, Bo likes baseball more than he likes football.
DAVID M. GOUGER
Omaha

Sir:
Regarding the picture caption on page 37: Which Auburn vs. Tennessee game did you intend last September? At the one I saw, the only speed and the only power that Bo demonstrated was the speed with which he removed himself from the game when Auburn rapidly fell behind and the power over the coaching staff he showed by staying out of the losing cause for the remainder of the game.
TOM CASH
Huntsville, Ala.

DRUGS
Sir:
It is truly tragic when a young man dies (When The Cheers Turned To Tears, July 14). However, it is even more upsetting when one learns the cause is drugs. I would have thought nothing of someone snorting cocaine a few weeks ago. Then I learned of the deaths of Len Bias and Don Rogers. Still, I was skeptical that cocaine had been completely responsible until I began seeing articles on others who had died from cocaine intoxication. These men had no time to say goodbye, or even really to start living. No, not all of these men were superstars, but the same grim message remains. Cocaine kills. How much more proof does one need?
JUSTIN WARREN LEEVY
Merion, Pa.

Sir:
You had to be living in a cave the last five years if you weren't aware of the potential dangers of drug use. As Rick Reilly states, education, especially at an early age, is the key to solving the problem. The media absolutely saturates the public with news and information on drug use and abuse; it's there for everyone. Furthermore, if I had potential or already recognized professional ability in some sport, the last thing I'd do would be to jeopardize it by drug use. Given all that, if an adult turns to drugs it's not only a tragedy, it's just plain dumb.
BARRY E. BURUD
Minneapolis

Sir:
I am a high school football coach in New York City. For the past five years I have coached players from three different worlds and three different financial backgrounds. Other than football and girls, there has been one common denominator: the use of alcohol and drugs.

Your article suggested that all college players take Real Life 101. College is far too late to teach the hazards of drug and alcohol abuse. Moreover, not everyone gets to go to college. High school is where the harsh facts of drug and alcohol abuse should be taught, especially the havoc it can wreak upon the human body.
JIM KERWIN
Whitestone, N.Y.

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