Super Bowl Champions Baby!

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

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For the past two weeks, the Bears fans have been telling us that “Defense Wins Championships”. The Super Bowl hasn’t been played in the rain for a very, very long time and everyone thought that if it rained, it would benefit the Bears since great defense and a tough running game is the type of game they love best. Well… it rained…

Of course I nearly had a heart attack when Devin Hester took the opening kickoff, the very first play of the game, 92 yards to paydirt! Down 7-0 Peyton Manning threw a pick and things looked dire. Then a great TD to Reggie Wayne gave the Colts the chance to tie it up but a bad snap and a botched extra point try left the score at 7-6. Another Bears touchdown made it 14-6 for the Bears. And then “The General” took over…

Now a lot, if not all, Bears fans will tell you that is was all “Bad Rex” and that Grossman “gave Indy the game”. I TXTed a buddy of mine after the game and the exchange went like this:


C: Maybe next time…

S: Maybe…bad rex

C: Defense wins championships… maybe great defense

S: D was fair…Rex gave it away in the 4th

S: 117 yards passing and 1 td…94 int yards and 1 td…plus a fumble…bad rex

C: That is exactly what i would expect a bears fan to say

S: Lol…well,they have not been great since harris hurt…but had a chance going 2 4th…but i just felt the grossman collapse coming

S: Of course i say it…rex sucked and left his D on the field most of the game…


All I can say is that you gotta love those Bears fans… if they had won the game, we’d have heard all day long about how “great defense” wins championships, but now that they’ve lost, it wasn’t the Colts’ great defense that won them the game, but it was the fact that Rex Grossman sucked and “gave” the game away. Whatever!

As has been the case all season long, the officiating was extremely disappointing! Someone please explain to me how the ref on the blind side of the call that had NO view of the Harrison catch could overrule the ref on the view side and call Harrison’s catch as out. That forced the Colts to use their last challenge to get the call corrected to what it should have been and what was called by the ref that actually saw the whole play. Thankfully the Colts didn’t need that challenge later in the game. Maybe that ref was a Bears fan. J

OK, OK, I’ll get off my soap box.




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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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