Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy enjoys Newport Beach’s welcome to the Lowsman Banquet

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An energy of anticipation and amusement pervaded the Cannery Seafood of the Pacific in Newport Beach on Monday night, so much so that those who arrived fashionably late were transported to the place to be, the Lowsman Banquet, the traditional launch event for Irrelevant Week.

About 90 minutes into the festivities, Brock Purdy, the man of the hour and the 47th member of the Mr. Irrelevant fraternity, arrived by boat off the Lido Peninsula, immediately greeted by showgirls who greeted him. escorted her wildest fans into a house full of her.

The night had already started with drinks and table games on the upper level, and the fun continued with Purdy entering the restaurant to the soundtrack of “Viva Las Vegas”.

Brock Purdy is greeted by Irrelevant Week CEO Melanie Salata Fitch as Mr. Irrelevant 2022 at the annual Lowsman Banquet at the Cannery Seafood of the Pacific restaurant on Monday.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

According to some measure of the irrelevant weekday tradition of roasting and grilling Newport Beach’s new favorite sons, Purdy may have had it easy. Some took it upon themselves to prank others at the ceremony.

After Fire Chief Jeff Boyles presented Purdy with a one-of-a-kind surfboard that read “Mr. Irrelevant, Brock Purdy, No. 262,” it was Police Chief Jon Lewis’s turn to take the microphone.

His first words were inaudible, before he adjusted the microphone and diffused the situation by saying, “I’m a little taller than the fire chief,” eliciting laughter that would continue to fill the dining room and outdoor patio all throughout the ceremony.

Lewis then presented a “Get Out of Jail Free” card to Purdy, before abruptly informing him that it had expired a day prior.

Brock Purdy, right, is introduced by Melanie Salata Fitch, CEO of Irrelevant Week, as Mr. Irrelevant 2022.

Brock Purdy, right, is introduced by Irrelevant Week CEO Melanie Salata Fitch as Mr. Irrelevant 2022 at the annual Lowsman Banquet at the Cannery Seafood of the Pacific restaurant on Monday.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

Mayor Kevin Muldoon also spoke, presenting the latest Mr. Irrelevant with a key to the city. Muldoon warned that if the key opened anything in the city, he should notify city officials immediately. He was seen returning home with a family member, so if the town suffers a break-in, Purdy might have some questions to answer.

“It’s so great to see that Mr. Irrelevant will be participating in the junior [life]guards and a pub crawl,” Muldoon said, adding that the irrelevant week is a Newport Beach tradition and an honor for the community. “He’s really going to see what Newport Beach is all about. He doesn’t just fly for one night. He’s going to have a Newport Beach experience, and I think it’s good for us to remember how great our community is and for the rest of the country to see how unique Newport Beach is.

A veritable treasure trove of sporting treasures was set up for a silent auction to start the evening. It included signed memorabilia by Nolan Ryan, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, a framed photo of Tiger Woods’ iconic hand pump and a portrait of Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Magic Johnson celebrating after winning the NBA Finals 2000 (signed by all three) .

There was also a Rams helmet signed by various members of the last Super Bowl championship team, as well as several signed jerseys with photos of the signing provided for authentication. These jerseys included LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.

Two showgirls in the spirit of the San Francisco 49ers frame a photo of Paul Salata, founder of Irrelevant Week.

Two showgirls in the spirit of the San Francisco 49ers frame a photo of Paul Salata, founder of Irrelevant Week.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

A San Francisco 49ers helmet, signed by Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, was the night’s only live auction item. It fetched $7,500 for the winning bid.

Melanie Salata Fitch, managing director of Irrelevant Week, said she expected the event to raise over $50,000 to donate to the ALS Assn. and the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation.

Purdy, an Iowa State quarterback, was the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the 49ers, a former team of the late Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata. Emcee John Ireland – a graduate of Corona del Mar and play-by-play radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers – took a moment to recognize Salata during the evening, drawing attention to his lively personality and desire to do something nice for someone for no reason.

The tradition of roasting and grilling was largely left to some former NFL players, ending with four-time Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu, who won all of his titles with the 49ers.

Brock Purdy, left, is introduced by Irrelevant Week CEO Melanie Salata Fitch as Mr. Irrelevant at the Lowsman Banquet.

Brock Purdy, left, is introduced by Irrelevant Week CEO Melanie Salata Fitch as Mr. Irrelevant 2022 at the annual Lowsman Banquet at the Cannery Seafood of the Pacific restaurant on Monday.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

“Just to be able to see the caliber of these guys and the resumes and their careers and what they’ve done – honestly [to] listen to the advice they were giving, for me, very grateful for that,” Purdy said. “It was just great overall because they could always joke around and have fun with the night.

“It meant a lot, from my perspective, to see that these guys can be real and genuine and joke around but also give advice.”

The whole room wanted a minute with Purdy. When Braeden Boyles, the son of the fire chief and Edison’s notable former quarterback, had the opportunity to seek advice from a flagman who had come to the attention of an NFL team, his question was instead “Where’s the mule? ”

“I respected him so much after that question, because he understands,” Purdy said of the interaction. “I had a lot of heat growing the mule, but a lot of people in Iowa liked it too, and honestly, I thought it fit the vibe of my senior year, going into my senior season at Iowa State and growing up the mullet for my countrymen.

The 2022 Lowsman Trophy on display at the annual Lowsman Banquet at the Cannery Seafood of the Pacific restaurant.

The 2022 Lowsman Trophy on display during the annual Lowsman Banquet at the Cannery Seafood of the Pacific restaurant in Newport Beach on Monday.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

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