Every June we begin the grind.
We break out our big broadcast desk, clean it up, fix it and add new features and enhancements to it. We start booking tents, we clean up our stage and we begin to fine tune our Flowery Branch set-up.
We begin counting down the days until the Atlanta Falcons’ Xfinity Training Camp begins.
We know it will be long hours… we are the ONLY media outlet in Atlanta that is live from Flowery Branch from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. every day that Camp is open. And those days begin at 4:00 a.m. for the Engineering and Promotions staff and they end at 7:30 p.m. that day.
The Morning Show with John Fricke and Hugh Douglas are on at 6:00 a.m. and it’s not until 3 hours later, around 9:00 a.m., that the gates open and the fans start making their way into Camp. By then, the guys have interviewed coaches, executives and players and are bringing you full analysis of what was said.
Rick Kamla and John Michaels were on from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day and had a list of questions prepared for every player that made their way from the practice field to the 92-9 The Game Stage, still wearing their uniform.
Carl Dukes and Mike Bell wrapped up each day from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. breaking down exactly what they witnessed on the practice field earlier that day and what they heard in the interviews or learned directly from the players in the on-filed press scrums when practice ended.
Long, hot, sweaty days.
As the season is now only a week and a half away, we take a :60 second look back at what was the 2016 Atlanta Falcons Xfinity Training Camp, from our perspective. Arthur Blank, Thomas Dimitroff, Dan Quinn, Matt Ryan, Vic Beasley, Dwight Freeney, Patrick DiMarco, Ricardo Allen and more sat down with us over the 17 day run at Flowery Branch. Check out the video!