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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: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

We wonder why Dombrowski's now done with Tigers

Something happened. We don't know what. We might not for a while. But there is no way Tuesday afternoon's sudden dismissal of Dave Dombrowski as Tigers president and general manager is a consensual parting of the ways. Not midseason. The Tigers don't fire people midseason. And not executives. And not on a Saturday. In general, in life, you work on Saturday only if you have to.


Latest Column: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Broken jaws, insults: Is sportsmanship dead?

Two football players got in an argument this past week. One was a linebacker. The other was the starting quarterback. Often starting quarterbacks wear red jerseys during practices, to remind teammates not to hit them too hard.

That didn't stop the linebacker. In a dispute allegedly over $600, he coldcocked his quarterback in the face in the locker room — a "sucker punch" is how some witnesses described it — breaking the passer's jaw and landing him on the injured list for at least the first few weeks of the season.

ESPN Parting Shots

Kyrgios is Straight Out of HBO

From ESPN's Sports Reporters. Air date: August 16, 2015


Mitch Remembers Ken Stabler

From ESPN's Sports Reporters. Air date: July 12, 2015


Behold the Senior: Travis Trice

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


Mitch, the Players, the Job

Mitch, the Players, the Job

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