Cowboys & Colts keep rolling, Bears are soft, Lions back in form, Patriots crowned WAY too early!

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, it’s week 3 in the NFL and I just have to get some things off my chest…

The Cowboys torched the Bears last night. They always seem to start slow in the first half, but then explode in the second. I’m not going to crown them a Super Bowl contended any time soon, but Tony Romo is the real deal and the ‘Boys look good.

Peyton Manning and the Colts just keep on doing what they need to do to keep winning. The Colts D looks much better than last year during the regular season and even though they’re not blowing people out, they keep winning. That was the same situation last year when the Colts were flying under the radar late in the season. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, picked them to win it all. Instead, all you heard was “They’ll lose in the next round”. But they never did and took home the trophy. This year, nobody’s picking the Colts to repeat, which is just the way they like it. Keep ignoring the Colts and keep picking the cheaters, er… I mean Patriots to win it all. Time will tell…

Sorry Scott, but either the Cowboys are extremely tough and hard on opponents, or the Bears are soft. Yeah, you heard me. I said it. The Bears are soft. How do you explain losing LB Lance Briggs, CB Nathan Vasher, DT Tommie Harris and G Ruben Brown all to injury! All Pro-Bowlers too! I think the Bears are about to self destruct. I have great respect for Lovie Smith, but if he doesn’t draft a QB this coming off season, he can kiss his team goodbye. That’s if the Bears don’t self destruct before the end of the season. I understand backing your man Rex, but even the most optimistic of people eventually stop backing a losing horse. Grossman’s days are numbered and if Lovie ties himself to that anchor, he’ll go down with him. I wouldn’t want to see that because I think Lovie has done some great things in Chicago. I guess we’ll see when the draft comes…

Well, I see the Lions are back in form. (Sorry Chris!) They just go pummeled yesterday by, an embattled QB and an average team. Ouch! But then again, they beat the Raiders and Vikings in their first two games. And people got excited about THAT! Come on people! I figure the Lions will do better this season than last, but I still don’t put then much beyond maybe a 7-9 team.

OK, so it’s no secret I can’t stand the Pats. So obviously, my opinion is a little tainted, but come on people! The talking heads on NFL Network are already crowning the Patriots as Super Bowl champs, UNDEFEATED no less! WHATEVER! Let me see, we’ve played how many games? Oh yeah, that’s right… THREE!!! That’s not even 1/5 of the games yet! And they’re already being crowned champs?! We had the same thing happen with the Bears last year and it sure worked for them! What is really rubbing me the wrong way is the fact that people are saying the Pats are going to go “undeafeated”! Mmm… last time I checked, they still had to beat a very hot Bengals team, IN Cincy! Oh, and don’t forget that in week 6 they have to travel to Texas Stadium and try and dispense the Cowboys! Good luck with that one… But wait, that’s not all… in week 9, they have to go on the road to Indy to face the CURRENT, DEFENDING CHAMPION Colts! If that’s not enough, Peyton has OWNED the Pats over the last couple of years! Ever since he snapped that losing streak in NE, he’s had their number every year! Then in week 13, the Pats again have to go on the road and face the Ravens, and the next week, they host the Steelers who’s looking mighty good too! 
No, no, no my friends… crowning the Patriots with an undefeated season this early is a mistake. Besides, if I’m wrong and the Bears are NOT soft, but instead the Cowboys are just very rough on opponents, then I’d be looking forward to some major injuries on the Pats roster in week 6.

OK, so I’ve got it off my chest… now… are you ready for some football! BRING ON THE SEASON!!!




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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