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“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’ ”

Today marks the start of the football season for my alma mater, the University of Michigan.

The Wolverines welcome the Mountaineers of Appalachian State with hopes of thwarting their opponents’ seven-year itch of pulling off another unexpected victory.

Today also marks the beginning of the new radio broadcast team of Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf, the first time ever two former Michigan football players have handled these duties.

Break a leg and have fun guys!

Because of other duties listed below, I will be there in spirit and in voice only, once again this season having the honor of narrating some of the videos played on the big screens at The Big House.

Today is Patriot Golf Day across the country, and we will be celebrating at Rick Smith’s Treetops Resort in Gaylord with a variety of activities, including yesterday’s scheduled Patriot’s Shootout.

This allowed golfers with any military affiliation at all the opportunity to participate free of charge.

In fact, Treetops general manager Barry Owens has extended that generous offer through this entire weekend.

Steve Courtney and I will host a very special WJR Radio broadcast tonight from 6 till 7 p.m. with Owens regarding the Folds of Honor organization, the very reason so many of us will be gathered together this weekend.

The mission statement of Folds of Honor is simple and yet so very important: “We proudly stand in the gap, providing scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service to America.”

Just as a note, I’m told, of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, over 87 percent do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.

The Folds of Honor folks remind us we can honor those who fought for our freedom by serving the families they leave behind.

Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Letters@detroitnews.com.

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