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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: 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.


Latest Column: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

No reason to brag about killing $50M film credits

This past week, Michigan's House of Representatives voted to kill the tax incentives for the film industry. Some lawmakers acted as if they'd just slain an evil dragon.

Not so fast, Gandalf.

I was in on the creation of these things. Back in 2008, at the request of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a group was formed to see whether Michigan could be competitive in attracting the movie, TV and digital gaming business. Other states were having success with their incentive programs, seeing new jobs and investment while building a young, creative class.

ESPN Parting Shots

Behold the Senior: Travis Trice

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


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. 



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

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


Mitch, the Players, the Job

Mitch, the Players, the Job

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