Column: With his latest book, 'How Life Imitates Sports,' Ira Berkow shows he's long been a keen observer of both

Many years ago, Ira Berkow was sitting on an airplane. Next to him was Muhammad Ali.They were about to head to Chicago and … well, let Berkow tell the story:“The flight attendant came by and said to the champ, ‘Mr. Ali, you have to put your seat belt on.’”“Superman,” Ali said, “don’t need no seat belt.”“And Superman,” she responded, “don’t need no airplane, either.”Ali snapped his seat belt shut.In his lengthy career, Berkow has seen and heard plenty and his past — filled with players and coaches and games and fans — pops off the pages of his latest book, a thick and pleasurable compendium of …

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