FRIDAY FLASHBACK:  Kansas City Kings


With the National Basketball Association playoffs in full swing, we wanted to go back to the Kansas City Kings who played in Kansas City from 1972-1985.  During the first three seasons they were known as the Kansas City-Omaha Kings after their move from Cincinnati.

The Kings had their most successful season in 1981.  Although they had finished the regular season with a losing record (40-42), they stunned the Portland Trailblazers (2 games to 1) and the Phoenix Suns (4 games to 3) before falling to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference final (4 games to 1).  Oddly enough, the Houston Rockets had also finished the regular season at 40-42.  It was a bizarre scenario that had two of the lowest seeded teams to meet in the conference final.

The Kings found success on the court when they hired Cotton Fitzsimmons in 1978.   Fitzsimmons led the Kings to three playoff appearances including the Midwest Division title and was named NBA Coach of the Year in the same season.

The Kings played in Kemper Arena during most of their stay in Kansas City but struggled to fill up the arena.  According to Wikipedia, they drew an average attendance of 10,789 fans to the arena in the 1978-79 season which was the only time their attendance reached five figures.

Some of the most notable players were:  “Tiny” Nate Archibald, Otis Birdsong, Phil Ford, Reggie Theus and Mike Woodson.

Due to their struggling attendance, the Kings moved to Sacramento for the 1985-86 season.

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TEAM OF THE WEEK: AKRON RUBBERDUCKS

8018_akron_rubberducks-primary-2014Sport:  Baseball

League:  Eastern League (Class AA)

The Akron Rubberducks play minor league baseball in Akron, Ohio.  Their home field is Canal Park.   They were originally known as the Akron Aeros from 1997 until October 2013 when they changed their name to the RubberDucks.   The nickname was chosen due Akron’s history in the rubber industry.  They have been the affiliate of the Cleveland Indians since 1997.20140411_Game_Action_24_Lindor_640360_yey12i2j_5dog7di3

The Rubberducks are currently in first place of the Western Division with a record of 12-7.

Arkon will host the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th.

The RubberDucks are managed by David Wallace.  Wallace played catcher for several minor league teams from 2002-2008.  He was born in Brentwood, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt University.

Nashville Nightwatch fall in home opener to Raleigh

It was a game of two steps forward, one step back for the Nashville Nightwatch tonight in their home opener against the Raleigh Flyers.  The defending Southern Division champs played smooth offensively and frustrated the Nightwatch with their defensive pressure in the first half to build a 13-9 lead at halftime.  The Nightwatch came roaring out after the break to score four unanswered goals to close within 13-12 but the second half proved to be a story of getting close but never catching up to the Flyers.  In the final two minutes, the Flyers simply played a game of keep away from the Nightwatch to secure the victory.  The Nightwatch (1-3) will host the Charlotte Express on May 7th.

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Savannah Braves

 The Savannah Braves played in Savannah, Georgia from 1971 to 1983 at Grayson Stadium.  They were affiliated with the Atlanta Braves in the Southern League (Class AA).  Their best season came in 1978.  Although they finished with an overall record of 72-72, they made the playoffs and a run to the league final before losing to the Knoxville Sox.  They were managed by Bobby Dews.  

Some of the most notable players during the years the Braves operated in Savannah were:

Jim Acker, Steve Bedrosian, Jim Bouton, Ken Dayley, Albert Hall, Glenn Hubbard, Brook Jacoby, Dale Murphy, Craig McMurtry, Larry Owen, Gerald Perry Rafael Ramirez, Milt Thompson.  

Dale Murphy is perhaps the most famous recognized name from that list – especially for Braves’ fans.  Murphy played for the Savannah Braves in 1976.

According to http://www.funwhileitlasted.net, Savannah Braves’ General Manager Miles Wolff had his first job as General Manager with the Savannah Braves in the early 70s.  He later purchased the Durham (NC) Bulls which became the subject of the movie Bull Durham in 1988. 

In 1984 the Braves moved the team to Greenville, South Carolina.   

 

Can’t We Just Pee In Peace?

  No.  Apparently we cannot. 

There is a huge debate being made by lawmakers and protesters regarding the issue of transgenders choosing which bathroom they want to use. 

I am not debating the issue of transgenders.  That’s between them and God.  

The public bathroom is where I want to spend the least amount of time as possible.  I don’t even want to be there with any people of any kind.  I want to just do my business and go.  If they are going to make a law, I wish they would make one against people trying to have a conversation with you while you are doing your business. 

Why do some people think they have to talk?

“What’s up?”

“Ummm. Nothing. I’m just trying to pee.”

I heard a songwriter tell a story of when he was in the bathroom and saw Keith Urban at a urinal.  He waited for him to finish and then talked to him about a song he had written.  

Not a story I would want to tell and I wish I hadn’t heard it. 

There should be no debate over transgenders using the bathroom.  If they pass a law against it, who will be tasked to enforce it?  Will there be a line at the bathroom for an “equipment check”.  Well please don’t put TSA in charge of it. 

There are more important issues to deal with.  Let’s just do our business, flush and move on.  

Chicago in Nashville

  On Friday night, Crystal and I went to see the Broadway show Chicago.  Well, almost.  When we first saw Chicago on the schedule we immediately went online to purchase tickets.  Later we learned that this was not the touring Broadway version but the local repertory production.  We were disappointed but decided to attend the show anyway.   The show was awesome and the production was worth the money we spent for the tickets.  The singing and the acting was first class.  It was in the smallest theatre at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) but it was a huge performance.  

How to redact a PDF document


redact pdfRedaction of documents in a litigation environment is crucial.   Whether it is protecting personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security numbers or birthdates, it is often necessary to sanitize PDF documents of data which parties do not wish to be released or risk public disclosure.   Portable Document Format (PDF) is the most widely used standard format that – in my experience – is commonly exchanged between parties.  For the most part, gone are the days when you use a black marker on printed documents to perform redactions.   In today’s technically-savvy world, electronic documents are the “discovery” or legal documents.   To ensure redactions are done properly for PDF documents, Adobe Acrobat makes it very easy for the user.

There are two methods that you can use to properly redact a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat:

#1 – USE THE REDAX TOOL (if available)

  • Open the document in Adobe Acrobat
  • Click on REDAX
  • Select DRAW BOX
  • Draw boxes around all the information you want to redact
  • Click on REDAX
  • Select REDACT DOCUMENT
  • A new PDF document will be saved with an “r_” prefix.
  • Save the redacted PDF document.

#2 – USE ADOBE ACROBAT REDACTION TOOL

  • Open the document in Adobe Acrobat
  • Click on TOOLS
  • Click on MARK FOR REDACTIONS
  • Select all the information you want to redact
  • Click on APPLY REDACTIONS
  • Click YES at the warning box.  Note that it states that “Once document is saved, this operation cannot be undone.”
  • If you want to remove ALL metadata from the entire document click YES
  • Save the PDF file.  It will be saved with “_redacted” in the suffix of the filename.

When you SAVE the redacted PDF document, it is secured.   There is no need for additional security.

If you want to check the redacted file:

  1. Open the redacted PDF document
  2. Search for the text that was redacted by clicking on EDIT > FIND > Enter your search term
  3. If the document is properly redacted, you should not be able to find the search terms in the redacted areas.