FLOWERY BRANCH – The book club has this season off.
Last season, the Falcons had a mandatory reading from coach Mike Smith. The team had to read “The Energy Bus: 10 ways to fuel your work, life and team with positive energy” by Jon Gordon.
Sports book clubs were popularized by Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson when he was with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. He used to assign his teams a book to read.
“We had a book, but it wasn’t mandatory reading,” Smith said. “We had a group of guys read the book. Again, it was another Jon Gordon book. He came in and spoke to the group earlier in training camp, but it wasn’t a mandatory reading and there was no homework assignment.”
Smith and few players read, “Soup: A recipe to nourish your team and culture.”
“We don’t want to do things the same way each and every year,” Smith said. “We wanted to change it up a little bit and keep those guys on their toes. I don’t know when’ we’ll have another mandatory reading, but some of the guys were surprised that we didn’t.”
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, August 17 — Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH NEW ENGLAND.
Wednesday, August 18 — Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public).
Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.
Friday, August 20 — No Practice.
Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).
Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)