Old School Football review – 1991 #1 Florida State vs Tulane

FSU vs Tulane

Casey Weldon, and Amp Lee tear up the Tulane Defense all game, doing anything they want. 31 points before getting pulled at the end of the third.

Brad Johnson comes in at the beginning of the 4th. A pick bounces off a receiver and into the hands of a defender, not the QB’s fault. Next drive Brad completes a TD pass to one of the tight ends. Marking 4 TE touchdowns in this game. The announcers do not believe any TE’s caught touchdown passes last year

Charlie Ward comes in for the final drive, breaks off a few huge runs. He looks faster than grease lightening. They get down to the 3 and time expires. Noles win 38-11. Interesting tidbit, Charlie was the starting punter last year, and a good one at that. I would have let him keep punting as the new punter is terrible, but, alas, Bobby knows best and Charlie will sit on the third string this year waiting his turn.

Tulane never had a chance, FSU is just bigger, faster, and has Charlie ward as the third string QB, stacked at every position and deep is an understatement.

Bobby said Tulane runs the same offense as Michigan and Miami, both whom the Noles will face later this year. They got good reps and learned alot.

This was a cupcake / warm up game, which was a welcome relief following a crazy opening day in California. Overall pretty boring game to watch, but interesting.

I wrote a sms survey application

My pastor was looking for a sms survey service, requirements: A number to give out, a way to gather the responses, easy to use, cheap as possible. Googling turned up a few results with no clear pricing and salesmen, one I found was about $50 a month. Since I work at a telephone company, I decided just to make one using our API.

I am calling the application “Survey Hail”, as its a survey service, and a play of words on the pastors name. As with all code I write, this will is open sourced. It works as follows.

If you are the admin running the service for yourself / others. Assuming you are running a Linux server (you really should be, its the only real server OS in the world). Install docker and golang. Download the open-source code https://github.com/Jmainguy/survey_hail. Run the make command. Sign up for an account at The Bandwidth API. Pricing is $0.35 a month for a number, inbound sms is free (people texting your app their responses), outbound MMS to deliver the report is $0.01 a message. So, easily under $1 a month to run. You get your api / credentials, add them to a config.yaml file the service uses, then run run.sh. The server is now running.

The server checks in every 30 seconds for new messages, it stores messages it finds in a sqlite3 database, if it receives a message with the text of “report” from a admin phone number, it will send a csv report of all other text messages to that number. Users text their survey responses to the number, the admin texts “report” when they want a report.

Ez pz, lemon squeezy.

Old School Football review – 1991 Pigskin Classic #1 Florida State vs #19 BYU

I recently started watching old school football games, so I figured I would write a review while I am at it. I love the Noles, so I will be watching their games.

The year is 1991, FSU is preseason ranked #1 in the nation, and has for some reason, opted to open the year at a “neutral” site in Anaheim California, Disneyland, against the Heisman trophy winner, Ty Detmer lead #19 BYU Cougars. As if the nation needed multiple annual reminders, that Bobby Bowden and FSU will play anyone, anytime, anywhere. FSU is favored to win their and Bobby’s first national Championship.

Bobby Bowden has been coaching at FSU for 16 years now, and (Coached 5 years at WVU before this). He has coached against 9 different coaches combined at Florida / Miami by now. FSU is an Independent, and will join the ACC next year.

The Noles offense is lead by Casey Weldon at QB, (backed up by future super bowl winner Brad Johnson, but thats not important now, because he is the backup), a slew of running backs, notably Amp Lee, and Edgar Bennett.

Both Team’s start out strong, looking like it will be a shootout, until the Noles knock out Micah Matsuzaki and Ty Detmer is figuratively left with only Garnet and Gold to throw to.

A sign of things to come, a freshman 3rd string defensive back Derick Brooks makes some big hits, the redshirt freshman kicker Dan Mowrey misses an extra point wide, the walkon punter cant kick over 30 yards (Bobby said we didn’t have to worry about out kicking our coverage this way).

You forget how hard, and late players were allowed to hit back in the day. A good second or two after the whistle people are still getting hit in the head, then hopping up and running back to the huddle.

Amp Lee gets hurt at the end of the game, its a blowout so he isn’t come back this game. Bennett scores another touchdown on the ground, one of 3 that night that I remember. Casey certainly commands the offense well.

By the end of the game all the Disneyland characters are doing the Seminole Chop. It gets chippy and they start tossing players (Mormons are allowed to fight?).

The Noles win 44-28, lots of running, still a fun game to watch.

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