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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: Monday, February 2, 2015

Amazing finish marks a Super Bowl for the ages

GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were one yard away — and then it burst. The magic bubble that Seattle had been living under, the immortal elixir it had been drinking, the string of amazing finishes, the incredible touch of Russell Wilson and decision making of Pete Carroll, the karma that seemed destined to take the Seahawks to a second-straight NFL title — it all ended in a blink, on the most unlikely of plays, a forced pass by Wilson with just 20 seconds left that was snatched at the goal line by New England rookie Malcolm Butler. "I put the blame on me," Wilson would tell the media.


Latest Column: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cass proved homeless is not the same as hopeless

He had nowhere to go.

No food. No money. And now, no place to sleep. He had been squatting in an abandoned apartment, but someone broke in and stole the copper pipes from under the sink.

Soon water was gushing, and a groggy AnthonyCastelow woke up floating toward the door.

"What the ..." he remembered thinking.

Now he stood, dripping, before the pastor he worked for, a strong, heavyset man named Henry Covington, and he said he couldn't unload food trucks today, because these were the only clothes he owned and they were soaked.

Mitch, the Players, the Job

Mitch, the Players, the Job

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