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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: Friday, November 21, 2014

Dr. Football has cure for MSU, Patriots and snow

The Doctor is in. Grab a turkey leg. Hey, Doc. Let's get right to it. Pats-Lions! OK. You driving? No. Who's going to win? Oh. Well, we all want the Lions, if only to prove that last week was a mirage. But their receivers aren't getting enough separation, their quarterback isn't finding the passing lanes, their running game is erratic, and their road victories so far are against bad teams (Jets, Vikings). Foxboro is a tough place to play. Also, there's this fella they have up there named Brady.


Latest Column: Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bears player, Lions fan prove cyber insanity

In the old days, when two men got in an argument, one of them might say, “You want to step outside?”

It was code for “fight.” At least back then, they had the decency to excuse themselves.

Today, nobody steps outside. Nobody steps anywhere. They just tap, tap, tap on their personal devices and think they’re being tough.

Thus we get the Twitter exchange this past week between Brandon Marshall, a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, and Anthony G. Kalla, a self-proclaimed fan of the Detroit Lions.

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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