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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: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tigers’ 2015 wish list must include better defense

Did you ever notice how words that begin with “D” are rarely sexy? Divorce. Disappointment. Disillusion. Death. On the other hand, words beginning with “O” have more appeal. Optimism. Opportunity. Opulent. Ooh-la-la. Still, when it comes to sports, a “D” word often is the difference between champions and runners-up. “Defense.” And while the glitzier “offense” draws more attention, Tigers fans better hope Dave Dombrowski puts his emphasis on better fielding next year. Because that can get you over the top. Look at this year’s playoffs.


Latest Column: Sunday, October 19, 2014

Some naked truth about sexting teens

This will make me sound old, but I'm going to say it.

In a million years — in 2 million years — I would never stick a camera down my pants to take a picture.

So I will never get this sexting craze.

I can't empathize with a teenage girl seeking acceptance by sharing photos of her breasts. I can't sympathize with a boy hoping to impress his crush with a 10-megapixel shot of his privates.

ESPN Parting Shots

Ward, Stewart: No Making Sense of Tragedy

Mitch's parting shot from the September 28, 2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters


O is for Oh, My: Ohio State

Mitch's parting shot from the July 27, 2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters


Draft Insanity

Mitch's parting shot from the March 30, 2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters


Mitch, the Players, the Job

Mitch, the Players, the Job

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