One last family weekend up north-- and one more Labor Day weekend okay, it's tradition. But now we hunker down for the long football season. It starts Thursday night with all the area high school games and the highly rated Sports Blitz with newcomer Jamie Kuras this year kicks us off Thursday night. The rest of the season will be Friday nights, but opening night is Thursday because of the Labor Day weekend. We get through that chaos Thursday then MSU opens Friday night, which is now traditional for the opening game. But Western Michigan likely won't offer much in terms of competition so this game will be a chance for Spartan fans to enjoy the ambience of a warm summer night.