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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, December 19, 2014

Dr. Football, on Cutler, Harbaugh, more

Dashing through the snow, laughing all the way. The office is open. Dr. Football at your service. Doc! Did you hear the news? Jay Cutler is sitting! BULL! Oh. Wait. I thought you said "smiling." Sitting! He's benched for the Detroit game this Sunday! Why are the Bears being so nice to him? Jimmy Clausen is starting. Why are they being so nice to us? Honestly, Doc. Did you know Jimmy Clausen was still in the NFL? I didn't know he was still in the country.


Latest Column: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Letters Tell us How Much our Kids Need

In nearly 30 years of doing this column, I have never printed letters. It used to be a technique some columnists employed. You posted letters from readers and then wrote answers to them. I always felt obligated to be more original.

But I am breaking that trend today. For several reasons. One is that I look around at our country and see such venom being spewed, I feel like ducking into a hole. Between Ferguson and the CIA report, you wonder whether we won't rip ourselves apart.

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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