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By Jim DeBoom | June 16, 2009
The nationwide celebration that honors the last draftee in the NFL Draft begins Monday with the “Arrival Beach Party” at 5 p.m. at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. The event is open to the public at $20 a person, which includes food from some of the areas best restaurants, a no-host bar and lots of music and fun! Mr. Irrelevant, Ryan Succop, from University of South Carolina, a kicker drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, will be introduced by Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata and showered with more than 200 gifts from local companies and teams from the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and elected officials.
By Steve Virgen | June 16, 2009
There they were last year, the pride of Hickory, North Carolina: the popular comedian nailing the punch lines, a retired race-car driver laughing with a sense of bittersweetness along with an up-and-coming kicker who would somehow become irrelevant. The scene unfolded, as Jon Reep, who likes to joke about his hometown, tried to give his best set for his buddy Dale Jarrett of NASCAR fame and his friend Ryan Succop, now known as Mr. Irrelevant XXXIV. Reep delivered the goods that night last year at Jarrett’s retirement party.
June 28, 2008
For any young boy, being drafted by one of the 32 professional teams in the National Football League would be a dream come true. But if he’s been paying attention to the festivities in Newport Beach, he may say that part of that dream is to be drafted last, which means being Mr. Irrelevant. Consider this year’s Mr. Irrelevant, David Vobora, a linebacker from the University of Idaho. Vobora was surrounded by cheerleaders, lavished with gifts, whisked away to the Happiest Place on Earth at Disneyland and then taken to the second Happiest Place on Earth, the Playboy Mansion.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 19, 2008
Paul Salata is 81, yet he still knows how to have fun. Salata sat down with the Daily Pilot and talked about his favorite week of the year. Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach. The founder of the event honoring the last player chosen in the NFL Draft is ready to make David Vobora, a linebacker from the University of Idaho, feel like the No. 1 pick and not No. 252. The party kicks off at 5 p.m. Monday, when Mr. Irrelevant XXXIII will be showered with gifts and have a press conference at the arrival party at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.
May 1, 2008
The Trojan Football Alumni Club will have its 40th annual golf classic May 9 at Pelican Hill Golf Course. Paul Salata, founder of Irrelevant Week, as well as other former Trojans: Anthony Davis, Paul McDonald, Brad Budde Rodney Peete, Matt Willig, Derrick Deese, Johnnie Morton, Curtis Conway and USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett are scheduled to appear. There will also be a post golf party at the Palm Garden Ballroom, part of the Island Hotel. The alumni club will have a silent auction.
By Barry Faulkner | April 29, 2008
It was truly ironic that, as the moment unfolded Sunday at his home in Moscow, Idaho, David Vobora knew the pursuit of his NFL dream would become a reality well before those around him did. Vobora, who led the University of Idaho in tackles and earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference recognition the last two seasons, was outside on the patio when the call to his cell phone came through from the St. Louis Rams, telling him they had...
April 26, 2008
QUIRKY KIRK Today’s Irrelevant Week fact: In 1976, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected the first Mr. Irrelevant, Kelvin Kirk. A press conference for him was set to kick off the inaugural event in Newport Beach, but Kirk missed his flight to Southern California. When IW founder Paul Salata learned of Kirk’s absence, he scoured the neighborhood for an impostor. And so, the event began with a Safeway butcher filling in as Mr. Irrelevant. Kirk arrived in the middle of the press conference, relieving his body double of his duties.
April 19, 2008
Paul Salata is at it again. The founder of Mr. Irrelevant and Irrelevant Week, which celebrates the NFL Draft’s final selection, is conducting a contest with a winning prize of $500. But a Newport-Mesa high school will also win, as one of the four (Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Estancia, Newport Harbor) will receive $1,000. Entrants guess who this year’s Mr. Irrelevant will be and with their entry they include the school they want to support. The school with the most entries will receive $1,000.
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