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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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PARADE MAGAZINE Newspaper

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.


Sports Illustrated

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!”

 


FEATURED SPORTS COLUMN Newspaper

Latest Column: Thursday, May 21, 2015


Babcock's exit from Wings about money and time

In sports, as you know, when they say it's not about the money, it's always about the money. Mike Babcock never said it wasn't about the money. Good thing, too. Because when you're talking about $50 million over eight years for a hockey coach — which is what Babcock apparently just accepted from Toronto to leave Detroit — money is certainly the story. But, in this case, so was time. And both are why Babcock is gone.

SUNDAY COMMENT Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, July 26, 2015


It’s a bird, a plane, it’s an Uber man

I am from the generation whose mothers preached “Don’t ever get in a car with a stranger!” So right from the start, Uber had me nervous.

Let’s see. You download an app onto your phone. You type in where you are. A driver you never met before suddenly appears, knows your name and has a loose connection to your credit card. The vehicle may be a Lincoln, an SUV or a six-year-old Kia, the same car the driver just took to the grocery store, or, for all you know, the drug pickup.

You get in.


ESPN Parting Shots

Behold the Senior: Travis Trice

Mitch's parting shot from the April 5, 2015 epsode of The Sports Reporters. 

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Kids Say the Darnedest Things

In which Mo'ne Davis wins the Internet: Mitch's parting shot from the March 29, 2015 epsode of The Sports Reporters. 

 

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"I'm Just Here" -TM, (c) Marshawn Lynch

Mitch's parting shot from the March 1, 2015 epsode of The Sports Reporters. 

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Mitch, the Players, the Job



Mitch, the Players, the Job


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