WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (BY: BEN SHPIGEL, THE NEW YORK TIMES) — Just up a ridge from the horse stables, down a twisting road from the gun club and across a two-lane highway from a parking lot containing spaces for sporting luminaries like Jerry West and Pete Sampras, the Houston Texans practiced football.
Their two-and-a-half-hour session last week began around 9:45 a.m., which precluded the players from partaking in activities available during that window to the Greenbrier resort’s other guests: an 80-minute Segway tour of the grounds, the Body Sculpt fitness class, a culinary demonstration featuring crab salad and a Jeep off-road adventure.
And beginner falconry.
“I don’t know what that is,” linebacker Shakeel Rashad said, “but it sounds amazing.”
For roughly 14 hours each day, the Texans resemble every other N.F.L. team preparing for the season. They study film and compete for roster spots, lift weights and meet with coaches. But then their walk-through concludes at 8 p.m., and they are free to unwind not by playing video games on personal consoles but in an arcade — housed in an eight-lane bowling alley.
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