Thank God the Cowboys aren't coached by Pete Carroll. No, not because of his views off the field (not too relevant for discussion here, besides the fact that Gallup has consistently shown a majority of Americans to be 'JFK Truthers') but rather the culture he's creating in Seattle. Some see it as built for long term success, and considering the young talent in the Pacific Northwest, it would be hard to argue with that. But others see the suspensions for PEDs, the likelihood that the competition will be tougher within the NFC West (maybe the Rams and Cards both find a way to beat Seattle once), and the tougher overall schedule without the replacement refs padding the early results. Perhaps Seattle is poised for a step back this year? I have to admit the loss last season still stings though not as bad as the bobbled snap play and Bill Parcells' inexplicably conservative game plan against then life insurance salesman drafted off the street ex-Cowboy Pete Hunter starting at cornerback for Seattle in early 2007. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if Seattle has surpassed the 49ers or the Detroit Lions as the non-division NFC team Cowboys fans hate the most (though with the Lions it's more loathing of their head coach than the players). As someone who lived in Seattle when the Seahawks made their one Super Bowl run, I can appreciate why their fans are so noisy, besides the acoustics of Qwest Field. The Huskies and Cougs have stunk for so long there's literally no competition -- the Hawks are truly the only game in town unless you're living in Oregon, not like Texas where you now have SEC football, the sorta ok Rangers, a recent champiionship for the Mavs, and NASCAR. Even Chicago has the Blackhawks now and the Bulls have been kinda competitive the last few seasons though it's still a Bears town. Anyway, would appreciate BTBers thoughts as we pass the time during this lull before training camp and real football starts.