San Diego Sockers (2001–2004)

The second version of the San Diego Sockers were a team in the new Major Indoor Soccer League. The team began play in the World Indoor Soccer League in 2001, joined the MISL when it merged with the WISL for the 2002–2003 season. Just before the beginning of the 2004–2005 season, the Sockers were sold to Raj Kalra, owner of the Vancouver Ravens of the National Lacrosse League; however two months after the purchase, it was revealed that Kalra had not paid the Sockers' players, staff, or rent since taking over, the league voted to discontinue the franchise on December 30, 2004. Dallas Sidekicks were the only team in indoor soccer history to defeat the San Diego Sockers in a championships series at the San Diego Sports Arena which happened in 2001. A new team using the Sockers' name and logo joined the PASL-PRO in the 2009–10 season. None 2001 WISL regular Season title Brian Quinn 2001–2004 San Diego Sports Arena 2001–2004

Easy Living (1949 film)

Easy Living is a 1949 American drama film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Victor Mature, Lizabeth Scott and Lucille Ball. The film features the real-life Los Angeles Rams football team. Star professional quarterback Pete Wilson thinks nothing of his future after football, not after longtime teammate Bill "Holly" Holloran is released by the team. Pete gets advance after advance on his salary from Anne, the secretary of team owner and coach Lenahan. One day, however, he goes secretly to see a doctor about various symptoms he has been experiencing and learns that he has a heart condition due to a childhood bout of rheumatic fever, one that could kill him if he continues playing football, he starts to tell his wife Liza, but changes his mind when she is cool to Holly, whom she describes as a has-been after he is gone. Liza is struggling to make her own interior design business a success, drags Pete to a fancy party to try to land Gilbert Vollmer as a client. Gilbert knows she has no talent, but is interested in her for other reasons.

So is his father, Howard. The older man is looking to replace his young girlfriend, Billy Duane, dangles before Liza the prospect of redecorating his apartment. Knowing what he is after, Liza is willing to do whatever it takes to further her ambitions. Meanwhile, Pete is bitterly disappointed when his friend, retiring college head coach Virgil Ryan, informs him that he cannot recommend him as his replacement because Liza is unsuitable for the duties of a coach's wife. Instead, the job is given to Pete's teammate and friend, Tim "Pappy" McCarr. Tim offers Pete the position of his assistant, but Pete turns it down. Afraid of physical contact, Pete turns in a poor performance and loses the next game. Lenahan cannot afford another loss if he wants to make the playoffs, so he benches Pete in favor of Tim. Tim plays well, they win their next game; when Pete proposes taking the assistant coaching position, Liza breaks up with him. However, when she gets dumped by Howard, she tries unsuccessfully to get Pete back.

Pete is given another chance at glory when Tim is injured, but tells his teammates about his condition and walks away from the game. Though Anne has made it clear that she loves him, Pete decides to take Liza back, making it clear, that it will be on his terms; the film was based on a screen story by Irwin Shaw, Education of the Heart. RKO purchased it in April 1946. In June Robert Sparks was assigned the job of producing and Charles Schnee the job of writing the screenplay. In May 1948 the title was changed to Interference. In May 1948 RKO announced Jane Greer and Robert Mitchum would play the leads. Neither ended up in the final film. Victor Mature was under contract to 20th Century Fox but had an obligation to make a movie at RKO which dated from before the war, he was announced for Battleground and Mr Whiskers before being cast in Interference in June 1948. On the same day this was confirmed he was announced for the lead in Samson and Delilah, which would be filmed after Interference. In June Jacques Tourneur was assigned to direct.

Other key roles went to Sonny Tufts, Lucille Ball and Lizabeth Scott. There was a great deal of turbulence at RKO at the time due to the fact that Howard Hughes had bought the studio and head of production Dore Schary had resigned. Films such as Battleground, Bed of Roses and Setup were cancelled; however Interference went ahead started July 12, 1948. Tourneur called the film "a hard one" for him because he had no interest in football, he said it was "a bad film."The film was meant to end with Mature's character leaving his wife for Ball. However it was rewritten during filming so Mature stayed with his wife; the film was not released until October 1949, by which time its title had been changed to Easy Living. The delayed release meant it could cash in on the publicity for Samson and Delilah, which came out in December; the New York Times critic gave the film a favorable review, writing that while it "doesn't have the searing candor and impact of some of its predecessors, neither is it a conventional rah-rah cream puff.

For Charles Schnee has written a bright, well-knit adaptation of an Irwin Shaw short story, a capable cast has given it the works and the off-screen coaching of the director, Jacques Tourneur, is as crisp and telling as the late Knute Rockne's."The Los Angeles called it "moody cinema". The film recorded a financial loss of $625,000. In November 1949 screenwriters John Stone and Frederick Bond claimed Easy Living was based on their story Never Say Die which they submitted to RKO in 1947, they sued RKO, RKO's story editor and Shaw for $150,000 in damages. Fujiwara, Chris. Jacques Tourneur. Johns Hopkins University Press. Easy Living on IMDb Easy Living at AllMovie Easy Living at the TCM Movie Database Easy Living at the American Film Institute Catalog