The University of Alabama opened a new football-training center last February. Any professional team would be happy to have it. The amenities include a $9 million weight room, a hydrotherapy pool with a Club Med–style cascade of hot water and an anti-gravity treadmill that’s more NASA than Nautilus. Coach Nick Saban goes over the finer points of football with his team in a 212-seat theater with a multiplex-sized screen. After practice, players shoot pool or kick back on a leather couch with a video game, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.
The New York Giants aren’t only hot, they’ve got good timing: avoiding a player this week some Las Vegas oddsmakers consider the most valuable in the National Football League when it comes to setting point spreads.
The New Orleans Saints rebounded from a Week 9 loss with a 49-17 rout of the Dallas Cowboys that left the NFC East as the only National Football League division without a team possessing a winning record.
Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes to lead the Chicago Bears to a 27-20 victory against the Green Bay Packers, who lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.