Today in sports: Bill Parcells is staying retired for the rest of the day, Vin Scully is going to miss the Los Angeles Dodgers home opener, and Peyton Manning's arm gets a boost.
Bill Parcells has apparently informed New Orleans Saints management that he intends to remain retired. So, everyone should get ready for one -- maybe two -- more waves of "Bill Parcells is having second thoughts!" stories between now and Monday, when Sean Payton's Bountygate suspension kicks in. [NFL.com]
Vin Scully -- the longtime voice of the Dodgers and the concept of summer -- will not be in the booth for the team's home opener Tuesday, because he has a cold. Of course, we hope Scully makes a quick return. He's been announcing Dodgers games for 63 years now, and summer has never once failed to occur under his watch. [via Dodger Thoughts]
Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker says that there is "no question" Peyton Manning still has the arm strength to play in the NFL and that the 36-year-old quarterback has been "throwing it great" during workouts at a Denver-area high school. Throwing it great! Decker's evaluation differs from that of the anonymous scouts who told NFL Network reporter Albert Breer last month that Manning's arm strength was declining even before he underwent multiple complicated neck surgeries. Who should we believe? Well, Decker spent the bulk of his first two seasons catching passes from Tim Tebow, so his idea of what constitutes a well-thrown football might be somewhat skewed. The bigger question is, how will Manning's neck feel after that first blindside hit from a blitzing linebacker? [via PFT]