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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

COVER 9@9: Atlanta’s tuning in Camp Hard Knocks

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Before leaving home to watch practice and meet with the Falcons’ brass, HBO Sports president Ken Hershman received a message going out the door.

“My daughter, who I didn’t know watched the show, said ‘when you go down to Atlanta say hello to Cupcake for me,’ ” Hershman said.

In episode one, defensive line coach Bryan Cox, the star of the show, dubbed defensive tackle Donte Rumph “Cupcake.” He rescinded the nickname after Rumph, who played at Kentucky, started to ramp up his play.

“I just love watching the personalities as they come to life on the screen,” Hershman said. [More]

SNEAK PREVIEW: Falcons on Hard Knocks at 10 p.m.

  • 6:31 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – HBO Sports president Ken Hershman was at practice on Tuesday.

The third installment of the 11-time Emmy award-winning show is set 10 p.m. tonight.

“So far, it’s been great,” Hershman said. “The shows have been terrific. The story lines have been great. The cooperation from the team has been unparalleled. The ratings are really, really strong. They are up double-digits compared to last season.

“The Atlanta market is up over 200 percent from the normal ratings period. It’s firing on all cylinders.”

Spotlighted on tonight’s show is how a new quarterback absorbs a new offense, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry [More]