Mens, highwaymen, diesel truck operators, cubicle dwellers and persons of interest: This being the week leading up to the Cowboyses first regular season game, it is as exciting as the week leading up to Christmas when we hope for sugar plums, deluxe trailer hitches and the latest in Moldovian menswear. But excitement is mixed with a tinge of fear. Yes, fear, Like fear of that family with chickens in the back yard moving in next door and lowering the property value of your ranch house. Let me esplain. For all the optimism here about how we have the secret sauce and we are loaded on offense, well I half to say: yeah, but what about the D? Yes, mens, what about the D.? Up front, in the trenches we will have part of the secret sauce in Jay Hatcher and that yahoo Hayden who sat out last year. Then there is the ailing Spencer, our franchise guy with visions of grandur who has had scant practice and expects to show up and play supreme ball. Yeah, just show up and let your skills shine, Spence. That always works. Just ask Tom Landry and Jimma Johnson. Realistically mens, here is what we are hingeing our hopes: Ware, Lee and Carter. And two of those are linebackers. Our secret sauce chef is asking us mens of the desert and sons of the Red Dirt culture to believe that we are Super Bowl contenders with the journeymens Hatcher and hayden and one good DE. But you will say, "Gimme, proud son of the North Texas flatlands and sharp Moldovian dresser, don't we have the secret sauce in Lee and Carter to contain the run"? No, we wont. You see, our fine linebackers will be busy heping out in the near flats agin Elie May's short passes. The Giants ground game will excel and then Ellie May will fire short passes to his TE to keep the linebackers backpedaling. He can do this all afternoon as long as he steps into the pocket and avoids Ware. By the 3rd quarter, he might have Ware winded. Carr and Claiborne will be kept busy with Mambo king Cruz, yes, but our safeties are primed to be outmanned. Often. In short: the Giants will score quickly and often. Romo will be quite a busy man on Sunday. But we will prevail 40-37. All this will be instructive to Jerra, the football guy and special sauce chef, who while understandably worried to distraction over our O line, has treated the D line as an afterthought. Yes. We half many Injuries to the defense. And yes, ever body has injuries. It's just that Jerra has been whistling polka tunes past the graveyard with our defense. He was hoping on Ratliff to give us a semblance of a serious D line but Rat has it in for Jerra and will be injured and counting his monies. And smirking. Meanwhile, Romo will be busy. Dealing with a porous O line, abandoning the ground game by the 3rd quarter and halfing to keep pitching them long passes to Dez. Just to keep up.