By Rob Hamilton

Every year we load up our station vehicles, I mean we fill them beyond capacity, with all of the things we’ll need for the three or four weeks we’ll be out at Flowery Branch for Training Camp.

It’s an exciting time for everyone at 92-9 The Game. It’s an exciting time for all of our listeners.

Who wouldn’t be excited? Training Camp’s arrival means that football is only weeks away.

Sure, it’s a lot of work to set everything up. We don’t just take out a table and a few chairs and a little broadcasting equipment. We put quite a bit of effort and thought into our presentation for you guys at camp. And we’re quite proud of it. We hope you are too.

But once all of the set building, sanding, painting, repairing, loading, unloading, assembling, etc has been done, it’s time for camp.

These are a few of my favorite things about Falcons Training Camp at Flowery Branch.

1) Things are cheap. Really cheap. Admission is free and ALL food and drink items are only $1. Yep, one single dollar for a BIG hotdog, one dollar for a big hamburger (sans cheese and toppings, but ketchup, mustard and mayo is available for free) and one dollar for water or Gatorade. Where in the world can you go and eat and drink for those prices? It always makes me smile when I order food and drink at camp.

2) The Official Falcons Gear tent (40 ft x 30 ft tent) has a surprisingly very large selection to choose from and the prices are great! Of course, everyone’s favorite is the Falcons white football, perfect for getting players to autograph at the end of practice that day.

3) The field and the smell of fresh cut grass. Who doesn’t love that and at camp you are SO close to it!

4) Watching the players practice. And yes, you are close enough to see everything. Sometimes they are running routes only 20 or 30 feet away from you. So you are really a part of the action. And the sounds of those pads hitting that close makes it almost immersive.

5) Finally, I love people watching. And watching other Falcons fans and their families have so much fun, cheer on the team when they get an explosive play just right, rush the barricade to get autographs after practice is over and file out past our 92-9 The Game broadcast stage with smiles of satisfaction on their faces puts a smile on my face. Kids carrying their souvenirs, their water bottles, their signed footballs… other kids running through the misting booth… I have a two year old myself and all I keep thinking is next year that’ll be me. He’s going to love it. Just like you guys do now.

Training camp is only halfway over, and sure the team has a few issues. Injuries to the RB’s are piling up, a flu-like sickness is running through the place but under the guidance of new head coach Dan Quinn, at least from what we’ve observed, this team is making a turn-around.

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