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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: Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Early mistakes take Game 3 off the table

Early mistakes take Game 3 off the table Well, that was a sorry homecoming. Bad enough the Red Wings spent most of the first period in their zone. But at one point, they left the ice altogether. Or should we say "all together"? In a line change that looked like a five-man beer run, the Wings headed to the boards simultaneously, leaving Jimmy Howard to wonder, "Hey, where's everybody going?" Talk about uninhabited ice. It looked like Greenland out there.

SUNDAY COMMENT Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, April 20, 2014


Denied U-M hopeful learns tough lesson

Denied U-M hopeful learns tough lesson

First, we should remember that Brooke Kimbrough is still in high school. She is, as the Beatles once sang, just 17.

So even if she ruffled feathers this past week claiming she should have been admitted to the University of Michigan - despite lower grades and test scores - because she is African American and the school needs diversity, the best thing is not to insult her or dismiss her.

The best thing is to talk to her.


ESPN Parting Shots

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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It's Time to Grow Up

From the February 16, 2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters

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Mitch, the Players, the Job



Mitch, the Players, the Job


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