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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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PARADE MAGAZINE Newspaper

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.


Sports Illustrated

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!”

 


FEATURED SPORTS COLUMN Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, September 14, 2014


Lions will face Hardy, but they shouldn't

Most football coaches like the occasional fight. They privately encourage a brawl here and there during the preseason, or look the other way when a tiff breaks out in practice. It is seen as a sign of readiness for the edgy, violent aggression that is needed to win on Sundays.

SUNDAY COMMENT Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, September 14, 2014


It rained, he played and it was free

It rained, he played and it was really free

The esteemed guitar player kept strumming in the rain. His audience was around 30 people, down from the hundreds who had come to see him before the storm hit.

"What else?" he yelled, smiling.

Someone called a song. He began crooning.

"I've got you under my skin,

"I've got you, deep in the heart of me."

The crowd was crunched together, staying dry beneath a concrete overhang. A few feet away, it was pouring - with occasional lightning and ear-splitting thunder - yet the guitar player continued, undaunted.


ESPN Parting Shots

O is for Oh, My: Ohio State

Mitch's parting shot from the July 27, 2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters

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Draft Insanity

Mitch's parting shot from the March 30, 2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters

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The Best Story is a Non-Story for Jason Collins

Mitch's Parting Shot from the March 16, 2014 episode of Sports Reporters

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Mitch, the Players, the Job



Mitch, the Players, the Job


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