August starts on the first Monday of the month with the George Perles Special Olympics golf outing.  I played for the first time ever-- and I rarely play golf outings for a variety of reasons.  This one was full of energy as you might expect and George had plenty of his cronies visit throughout the day.  They'll net about $85,000 and that's good because it's about 18 per cent of the annual budget for the Area 8 Special Olympics region which is essentially mid Michigan.  On the same day, Barack Obama spoke in town and MSU held its first football drills-- busy day.

     Then Tuesday I spoke to the MSU retired faculty luncheon-- I was a pinch hitter for the Detroit News' Lynn Henning-- he had to cover the PGA practices at Oakland Hills.  With the News' staff cutbacks Henning will get more similar assignments.  Wednesday after radio I meet with the Ele's Place staff and Becky Dantonio and I are honorary co chairs for the fall campaign;  and Thursday there are MSU sports meetings over lunch-- vacation on Friday thank heavens and that's the day the Olympics start at 7:30pm on channel ten.  Your late local news for the most part will air at midnight week days for the next two weeks.

     Who wins the PGA?  No Tiger Woods, no favorite.  I have absolutely no idea.  And Oakland Hills South has been lengthened to 7,400 yards to a mere par 70!  Seems long to me but Phil Mickelson said Tuesday not to worry, the pros will handle the extra length.  Will see.  I'll guess three or four under par wins.

     Only 13 seniors in the playing group for MSU's football team. That's both good news and bad news.  They all need to come through.  Pads go on in earnest Monday.  How many true freshmen can help right away?  All questions to be answered.  Who is the third string quarterback behind Brian Hoyer and Kirk Cousins?  It could well be Leslie walk on Charlie Snow.  What if walk ons start in the Michigan game later in the fall because of injuries?  Former Okemos resident Nick Sheridan, could start for the Wolverines and he's a walk on too.


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