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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: Sunday, October 26, 2014


Michigan State owns its rival — and its rivalry

EAST LANSING – Devin Gardner was splayed on his back, as stiff as a scarecrow knocked off its stick. Behind him, the Michigan State Spartans were celebrating in the end zone with another of his ill-advised passes, this one taken back for a touchdown and an 18-point lead. It might as well have been 1800. All Green. The best team in the state is clearly the best team in the state, and it's no shock that eighth-ranked MSU continued its dominance in this rivalry Saturday afternoon, winning, 35-11.

SUNDAY COMMENT Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, October 26, 2014


Musical shows how Motown changed the world

They say families, as you age, only get together at weddings and funerals. Not true Wednesday night at the Fisher Theatre. Nobody died. Nobody said, "I do." But a whole lot of family was there.

Smokey Robinson. Stevie Wonder. Mary Wilson from the Supremes. Martha Reeves. Duke Fakir. The producers. The songwriters. And, for the first time on a musical stage in a long time in this city, the papa bear of the Motown family, Berry Gordy Jr.


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

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O is for Oh, My: Ohio State

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

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Draft Insanity

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

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Mitch, the Players, the Job



Mitch, the Players, the Job


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