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Charles Haley: Boys have too many 'stars'

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Just returned from ESPN's "Monday Night Football" Chalk Talk event at Cowboys Stadium, where a panel of former Giants and Cowboys greats threw down some hardcore opinions about tonight's game. ESPN's Michele Tafoya and ESPN 103.3 FM's Randy Galloway moderated a lively discussion with former Cowboys Tony Dorsett, Charles Haley, Darren Woodson and former Giants Carl Banks and Jessie Armstead, who grew up in Dallas and starred at Carter High School.

Not surprisingly, Haley delivered the most searing commentary regarding the 2010 Cowboys. Fortunately (or unfortunately), Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had already left the building when Haley was asked what was wrong with this team.

"Too many stars on this damn team," said Haley with his voice rising with each word. "They think they were born stars. They think someone else is supposed to do the dirty work. Look at this team's roster. You can see the payroll of this team, and it's unbelievable."

Tafoya interjected something about how Haley's 49ers teams also had several stars, but the former defensive end said that was different. He named off Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice as stars, but said the rest of the team wasn't in that category.

Banks, who calls the games for the Giants radio network, was asked to explain why New York seemed to "hate" the Cowboys more than their other rivals, the Skins and Eagles.

"The Cowboys always seemed to have better uniforms, better formations, better quarterbacks and a better stadium," said Banks while looking toward the field. "You always want to go in trying to put a hurtin' on the Cowboys."

Dorsett said he thinks this Cowboys team lacks leadership, and he's waiting for someone on offense to take on that role.

"I don't know if Tony Romo wants to accept that role," said Dorsett. "But someone has to hold these guys accountable."

Predictably, all five players picked their former teams to win tonight's game. Haley said the Cowboys would win "7 to 30 -- or whatever."

Dorsett said the Giants would play the role of Joe Frazier while the Cowboys would be Muhammad Ali.

"Down goes Frazier," said Dorsett in his best Howard Cosell voice. He thinks the Cowboys will win, 27-14.