Friday, December 17, 2010

Action Jackson: Vincent Jackson scores 3 TDs in Rout of 49'ers

As December continues to roll on, the Chargers seem to be pushing towards another AFC West title, by pounding San Francisco, 34-7.  The win puts the Chargers(8-6) just a half-game behind the first place Kansas City Chiefs, who play the Rams on Sunday.

The Chargers got off to a hot start, with Philip Rivers going for the home run, and connecting with his trusty old target, in Vincent Jackson.  The play went for a 58 yard score, and the Chargers led 7-0.

The 49'ers squandered their best opportunity to score, when Alex Smith appeared to score on a 7 yard touchdown run.  The Chargers challenged the play, and Smith was ruled down at the 1 yard line.  On 4th and goal from the 1, Anthony Dixon was stuffed.  The Niners didn't sniff the end zone again until late in the fourth.

Philip Rivers played another brilliant game, going 19-25, for 273 yards, and 3 TD's, all to Vincent Jackson.  Rivers also went over 4,000 yards for the third consecutive season.  In the game, he also put up a ridiculous QB rating of 150.5.

As well as the offensive played, the defense held up to their #1 ranking.  They harassed former Helix standout Alex Smith all night, sacking him 6 times, and taking away his biggest offensive weapons in Michael Crabtree(3 catches, 17 yards) and Vernon Davis(1 catch, 4 yards).  The Niners finished with just 192 yards of total offense.

The Chargers next game is against the woeful Bengals, who have lost 11 games in a row.  That game, originally a Sunday night game, has been moved to 10AM.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Random Thoughts: Professor or con artist?

This semester I took a class called Global Communication.  It is a class that is part of a requirement for my major, and the best part of it was that it was online.  No waking up before the crack of dawn, I could view the online lectures at my convenience However, after my first week in class, I felt as though I was being taken for a ride.

I am on a budget, and always look for the best deals when it comes to textbooks. I am definitely not one of those students who walks in to the bookstore, and drops $140 on my new biology textbook.  The prices that these blood-sucking bastards charge for textbooks is outright robbery.  I troll around all the websites I can find, and I paid only $37 for that same biology text.

Naturally, when it was time to review what text I needed for this communication class, I was going to scour every site to find the best deal, unfortunately for me, this was not an option.

As it turns out, the text I required for this class was an "e-book" which meant I had to download it, and it also meant I didn't have a physical copy of said book.  The second part of this scam, is that the book was written  by the professor herself!  This crazy broad charged us $45, which isn't too bad, but trust me folks, it gets worse.  I had to drop another $45 for a book that contained the assignments I was to complete, and a bunch of links to websites.  So, I pay $90 for material that this bitch wrote?  Sounds like a scam to me!

The book in itself is complete garbage.  It is a bunch of garbage that was stolen from various other communication texts, and her second rate research.  Every time I read this garbage, I could hear a voice in my head telling me that I was getting ripped off.  I also thought:  Can a a teacher do this?  Charge a lot of money for a crappy textbook that she is profiting from?  Perhaps other teachers will start this, as an attempt to pad their salaries.

The class was remarkably easy, and I got an A, so I suppose all's well that ends well.  But I can't stop thinking about getting robbed at the hands of my professor.