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A National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Famer, Mitch Albom has written a syndicated column for the Detroit Free Press for the last 25 years archived here exclusively, free of charge. He also periodically writes for national magazines. And he’s a regular on ESPN’s the Sports Reporters, from which his “parting shot” commentaries are collected here.

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Latest Column: Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Joys of Summer

Go ahead, kids. Lie in the grass. Study the clouds. Daydream. Be lazy. You have our permission. 

I feel sorry for today’s kids. Summer comes, they’re finally free from school—and bang!Band camp. Science seminars. Internships. 

Instead of downtime, it’s get-up-and-go time. Chorus travel, archaeological digs, dance tours. My nephew from Michigan flew to Georgetown University for a summer medical program, replete with cadavers. He was 16.

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Latest Column: Monday, January 12, 2009

The Courage of Detroit

This was Christmas night. In the basement of a church off an icy street in downtown Detroit, four dozen homeless men and women sat at tables. The smell of cooked ham wafted from the kitchen. The pastor, Henry Covington, a man the size of two middle linebackers, exhorted the people with a familiar chant.

“I am somebody,” he yelled.

“I am somebody!” they repeated.

“Because God loves me!”



Latest Column: Friday, October 9, 2015

How Shanahan got Babcock as new Leaf off Wings' tree

The Detroit Red Wings start their season tonight, and the opposing team will be led by Mike Babcock, the former Detroit coach, who was hired by Brendan Shanahan, the former Detroit player. You've heard of chickens coming home to roost. Is this the wolves coming home to eat the chickens? Not really. You talk to Shanahan, now the Toronto Maple Leafs president, and all you hear is respect, respect and more respect.


Latest Column: Sunday, October 11, 2015

What's in a name? Ethnicity or ego?

This past week on "The View," a TV host named Raven-Symoné made headlines when she said she wouldn't hire anyone with a name that sounded too black.

As an example, she gave "Watermelondrea."

This became news because, for one thing, Symoné is African American. Also, Watermelondrea is not, as near as research can tell, an actual name.

Mitch, the Players, the Job

Mitch, the Players, the Job

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