Posted: 3:14 pm Monday, January 17th, 2011
By Matt Porter
The annual Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast all-star game known as the Outback Bowl will soon be known as … well … something else.
Outback Steakhouse did not renew its sponsorship of the game, so the West Palm Beach law firm of Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey and Fronrath stepped up. This was announced at a luncheon at John I. Leonard High for players and coaches to kick off the annual event, which will be held at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Boca Raton High.
But what of the name? The game has been the Outback Bowl for 17 years. For now, the game will be known as the Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey and Fronrath Trial Attorneys All-Star Game, also known as the Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast All-Star Game.
Scott Siegel, John I. Leonard’s athletic director and one of the event’s organizers, had to double-check to make sure he named the new sponsor correctly. He wasn’t alone.
“There will be a catchy name in time,” Siegel said. “The Outback has been real good to us, but with today’s economy, they couldn’t afford to sponsor the game.”
Credit to Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey and Fronrath for ensuring the game will go on. But the L.R.S.I.F Bowl isn’t really getting it done. The Law Bowl? Suggestions, anyone?
Attorney Scott Smith, representing the sponsoring law firm at the luncheon, said his group isn’t looking for name recognition by sponsoring the event. He noted the 80-something seniors who might have a shot at playing college football by playing in the game.
“If there’s just one kid in this cafeteria today that gets that chance, our money will be well spent,” Smith said.
Speaking to an assembly of players, coaches and cheerleaders set to dig into chicken, mashed potatoes and cole slaw, legendary former Cardinal Newman coach Sam Budnyk mentioned a few of his players who got the chance.
Budnyk, 76, pointed to Newman alums Alonzo Jefferson (Palm Beach Lakes coach), Oakland Raiders receiver Jacoby Ford, Cleveland Browns safety Abram Elam and former New Orleans Saints kicker John Carney to illustrate the importance of perseverance and getting a college degree while chasing pro football dreams.
“The NFL finds you if you can play,” Budnyk said. “Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis Colts receiver and John I. Leonard alum) played Division 3 [football], and he’s one of the premier receivers in the NFL.”
Siegel, who organizes the annual Palm Beach County recruiting fair at John I. Leonard in February, said Garcon was the first player recruited at the fair to make it to the NFL.
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The National Team, coached by Boca Raton’s Keith Byars, will practice from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at John I. Leonard High, and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday at Boca Raton High. The American team, coached by John Carroll’s Kevin Wald, will practice from 6-9 p.m. at Pahokee High Monday and Wednesday, and in Port St. Lucie Tuesday and Thursday.
Here are the rosters, which have been slightly altered because of player decommitment, injuries, etc. Final rosters will be released in the days before the game.
We’ll have updates from practice all week.