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Never say never: How the door remains ajar for a Tony Romo un-retirement

Never say never: How the door remains ajar for a Tony Romo un-retirement

For some Redskins fans, this day couldn't come soon enough. 

Tony Romo announced his retirement from the Cowboys on Tuesday, surprising many that expected the former Dallas passer to land with another team in one last attempt at a Super Bowl.

Plenty of speculation pointed towards Romo landing with the Texans, a team with a strong defense coming off repeated playoff visits. Romo in Houston made a lot of sense on a lot of levels, but as of now, don't expect to see No. 9 back in the NFL.

"Houston was at the top of the list of teams," he said on a conference call with reporters

CBS announced that Romo will pair with Jim Nantz as the network's top broadcast team, an esteemed position. In a conference call with reporters Romo explained that the decision was tough, but ultimately choosing television over football made more sense for his family.

"Family’s as important to me as anything."

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Pressed if he would play again, Romo said "there’s no part of me that wants to play." He explained that "I don’t envision coming out. Absolutely not."

All of that said, Romo uttered the three words that fans in Houston likely wanted to hear. 

"Never say never."

Again, Romo sounded like a guy that had seriously considered his options and decided to quit football. 

So did Brett Favre. 

So did Cris Carter. 

This situation is unique, however, in that the specter of injury looms large for Romo.

His back has suffered repeated significant injuries, and as far as quality of life goes, major back injuries danger the most mundane of life tasks. 

One more big hit or mistimed run could spell doom for Romo, and that is likely major, major factor in his retirement.

Then there is his relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Romo playing in Houston would be bad news for Jones, and it's possible the two men discussed that in some capacity. 

It seems Romo is done playing football. It sure seems like it. 

Then again, never say never.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is trying to make landlines cool again with this Redskins phone

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is trying to make landlines cool again with this Redskins phone

There was once a time in America — before cell phones became everyone's fifth limb — where people would rely on these things called landlines, which had these things called cords, which plugged into these things called walls, and they'd call each other at home. This was back during VCRs and when humans would play outside. It was a strange period.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. apparently yearns for that long-lost era, however, because the NASCAR driver just bought himself a new house phone. But this ain't your run-of-the-mill, "I bought it at the electronics store in the nearest shopping center" house phone.

No, he found himself something much better. Check this beauty out:

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From now on if you call my house I'll be answering with my helmet phone. #ebaygold

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That's right — Earnhardt Jr., who reps the Redskins as hard as any famous person, actually took the time to go on eBay and purchase that gorgeous relic. Dare we say he made a (waits for the crowd to get quiet) good call?

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Dallas sportscaster really doesn't want you comparing the Cowboys' O-line to The Hogs

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Dallas sportscaster really doesn't want you comparing the Cowboys' O-line to The Hogs

You'd think that comparing an offensive line to The Hogs — that famous unit who played a major role in the Redskins' best days in the 1980s and '90s — would come across as a compliment.

But one Dallas sportscaster didn't take it as such when a CSN reporter tried to do so. 

On Wednesday's edition of Countdown to Training Camp, Newy Scruggs joined Chris Miller and Doc Walker to talk about the Cowboys. During that discussion, Miller asked Scruggs if the team's revered offensive line could end up as the second coming of The Hogs.

Scruggs responded by calling that thought disrespectful. Not disrespectful to The Hogs, however.

"We've already had a great wall in Dallas that won three Super Bowls, OK?" Scruggs said with a tone that was a mix of annoyed and incredulous. "Why can't they be that next version? Let's not compare them to something that's over in Washington."

To see Scruggs' full answer to Miller's question and his entire explanation for why he didn't like it, watch the video above. And for any Redskins fans who don't like the way he spoke about The Hogs, here's the man's Twitter. Now, tweet away.

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