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The Fight

A moment of silence for one of the great writers, Norman Mailer. Mailer's account of the Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire -- simply entitled "The Fight" -- was one of the great sports books of all time. I remember reading it in college and thinking, "My God, I wish I could write OR report like that some day.' Mailer was one of the great characters, and a bit of a bully, but he was a great talent. I love this description of him from another of the greats, Roy Blount Jr.:  ""He had such an adventurous spirit and was always doing something new, always offending people and delighting people.'"

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