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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, January 5, 2015

New year, same old pain for Lions in playoff loss

ARLINGTON, Texas – The big guy cried. That's how crushing a loss this was. Ndamukong Suh, a man better known for pummeling large people, couldn't fight the tears when he tried to sum it up. He stepped away from the microphone, sniffing and wiping his eyes, then exited the room. When he came back, he referred to the game as "sickening." Yes, it was, if that means it made you heartsick — or seasick.


Latest Column: Sunday, January 25, 2015

One last column for a one-of-a-kind mom

Over the years in this space, I have, occasionally, written about my mother.

I once wrote a Halloween column on how she made me the Mummy. (She wrapped me in toilet paper, which was fine until it started raining.)

I wrote about how she marched me into the library after a librarian had told me "that book's too hard for you" and my mother yelled, "Never tell a child something is too hard for him! And never THIS child!"

ESPN Parting Shots

Detroit to Host Bills, Jets

Mitch's parting shot from the November 23,2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters


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


Mitch, the Players, the Job

Mitch, the Players, the Job

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