WESTERN BUREAU: The 2015-16 Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League season got cracking on the weekend with six matches, including a less-than-auspicious start for defending champions Savannah Sports Club, who were held to a scoreless draw by Lucea FC at Frome Sports Complex on Sunday. This year’s staging has the 12 teams aligned in two groups of six based on how they ended the last campaign, with Savannah, Granville, Montego Bay Boys and Girls’ Club (MBBGC), Salt Marsh, Petersfield, and Lucea in Group One. Group Two comprises Wadadah, Sandals Whitehouse, Beaches Negril, Village United, newcomers Reggae Youths and Clarks Town, the St James and Trelawny champions, respectively. Another new development of note is that Livingston Berley has taken the hot seat as coach of the defending champions. RONIEL WHYTE ON TARGET While his team failed to shine against Lucea, Roniel Whyte was on target in the 19th and 36th minutes in leading Petersfield FC to a 2-0 victory over Montego Bay Boys and Girls’ Club. Former St James Premier League kingpins, Wadadah FC, were also in the winners’ corner as forward Javier Peak struck twice in Saturday’s 3-1 win over newly promoted Clarks Town of Trelawny. Ajai Black also found the net in that match for Wadadah, while Dwayne Brown netted the consolation for Clarks Town. Also on Saturday, Reggae Youths and Beaches Negril ended 1-1, with Oshane Russell getting a late equaliser for Reggae Youths in the 81st minute to cancel out Ashley Forrest’s 18th-minute strike. In another game on Saturday, Salt Marsh edged Granville 1-0 as Marvin Reynolds scored in the 20th minute to give them three points and a share of the early lead in Group One with Petersfield. Wadadah are early leaders in Group Two on three points. The league continues on Sunday with four matches, the pick of which should be the Granville-Petersfield FC clash, starting 3 p.m. at Granville Community Centre.
For the fifth time in Monrovia and its environs, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians continue to endure hardship under mute attitudes of Ministries of Transport and Commerce & Industry.Transportation fares for all destinations in Monrovia and its environs remain perpetually unregulated despite announcement by Ministry of Transport that fares were being dropped due to reduction in prices of gasoline and fuel.The so-called reduction, as far as the prevailing situation is concerned, has not been enforced by the regulatory agencies of the government.Despite the repeated and persistent outcries of the commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians in the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers, the Transport, Commerce and Industries Ministries remain resolutely mute over the situation.Sadly, commercial drivers have for the past six weeks deliberately refused to accept the reduced transport fares for Monrovia and its immediate environs announced by the Transport, Commerce and Industry Ministries.Reductions in the pump price of petroleum products, however, was effected by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) owing to sharp declines in the global sale of petroleum products.Interestingly, repeated and consistent stern warnings from the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Transport with regards to hikes in transport fares have fallen on deaf ears and commercial drivers continue to exhibit defiance.In addition, as a result of the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers and other public service transport providers, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians are seen stranded at several street corners and other bus stations in desperations and anger.Despite the massive waves of public outcries, shock, indignation and unwavering sentiments against the acute shortage of public transport for about 12 years now, the government continues to downplay Liberians’ grievances. “We will continue to defy and ignore all the warnings from the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry, because we were not consulted prior to the transport fare reductions in Monrovia,” Drivers at Bob Taylor’s Junction shouted out loudly.Many of the disenchanted and defiant commercial drivers in their 30s and 40s called on the government to reconsider some of the penalties associated with the transport fares’ violations in Monrovia and its environs.In separate interviews with some affected commuters in the three commercially driven communities, they underscored urgent need for swift intervention of the two ministries.Commuter Harris B. Konuwah, 48, said the ministries concerned should swiftly mustered the courage and fortitude to enforce transport fares’ regulations without fear and favor in Monrovia and its environs.“I mean, the big men business must be stopped and commercial drivers violating the transport fare regulations should be dealt with harshly without favor,” Mr. Konuwah stressed.Madam Elizabeth B. Marshall, 45, said she was really disappointed with those two ministries for lack of commitment to enforce transport fare regulations in Monrovia.“I wish to advise the Ministers of Commerce, Transport and Industry to herewith stop issuing empty regulations that lack the practical instruments to enforce same to all categories of Liberians,” Madam Marshall cautioned.She stressed the need for the two ministries to graduate from sugar-coated utterances that have no iota and element of practical realities considering the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
But in February? Historically the rainiest month in Southern California? And one of the three coldest? Maybe not such a grand idea after all. “You plan this great event for eight months,” driver Kenny Wallace said, “and then it rains the very hours you have it.” Well, yeah. Rain happens in SoCal. Especially in February. Maybe someone could have looked into it. Poor Gillian Zucker. If California Speedway’s president didn’t have bad luck she wouldn’t have any luck at all. The Racefest is an improvement added under her watch. A period when Southern Californians suddenly remembered they don’t care much about NASCAR. Since then, California Speedway has failed to sell out a single race. And Sunday’s Auto Club 500 will make four consecutive not-sold-out Nextel Cup events under Zucker’s aegis. Weather just destroyed the third Fanfest. FONTANA – The Fontana Racefest? A grand idea. Nine, maybe 10 months a year. Throw open a NASCAR midway to fans, for free, the Thursday night before a race weekend. Offer chances to get driver’s autographs. Maybe flog some tickets and merchandise. Build up customer good will. Fans tend not to be festive when they are soaked and shivering. Especially Southern California fans, notorious weather wimps. (If it’s raining Sunday morning, count on tens of thousands of empty seats at the Auto Club 500.) “Sammy Hagar will rock you, rain or shine or snow,” emcee Chris Myers vowed as a steady drizzle angled in from the west Thursday night. Truth be told, we didn’t make it to 8:40 p.m., when Fontana homeboy Hagar was scheduled to take the stage for a half-hour set – and risk electrocution after the precipitation soaked everything and everyone on the main stage. Fanfest is a good idea. When it’s not winter. It’s built around the speedway’s “Impulse” merchandise store, where you can buy a cap for $25, and the Wolfgang Puck-run “Apex” restaurant, where a breakfast burrito will set you back $12. Each is located on the parking lot south of the grandstand. The Nextel Cup merchandize haulers are lined up around those two stores, vendors come in to hawk their stuff (the “shave ice” stand was closed, however) and a couple of dozen drivers show up to sign autographs and wake up the echoes of NASCAR’s fan-friendly past. Before they got soggy, many of the several thousand fans who braved the elements seemed to be having fun. A husband and wife happily knocked back a shot of Wabo Cabo tequila ($7 a snort) from under the shelter of an awning, and the woman told a friend via cell phone that, “A.J. says he’s perfectly warm now.” You could buy beer, vodka, whiskey … but ultimately none of it was going to keep you dry. Give everyone credit for soldiering on. David Gilliland, the Daytona pole-sitter and former Chino Hills resident, was a half-hour early to his autograph-signing session at the No. 38 M&Ms Ford trailer. He brought a couple of Sharpie pens with him and scribbled his suddenly famous name on any article thrust toward him. Caps, posters, sweatshirts, backpacks, raincoats, galoshes … “David, I used to watch you at Irwindale,” a man shouted as he walked past. “Thank you, thank you,” Gilliland said, looking up briefly. Not far away, men, women and children stood in sodden clothes, inching forward to get Wade Burton’s autograph. A mother and son got Burton’s Patrick Henry on their paraphernalia, but as they walked away and popped open their umbrellas, the mother said, “All that waiting for one minute!” Zucker told the crowd gathered at the main stage that 20 drivers were at Fanfest to sign autographs. Almost all of whom were introduced by the game Myers, former ESPN anchor who seemed to be risking another lengthy bout of laryngitis as water began dripping off his forehead. Most of the drivers marveled at the bad weather. Though they also may not have done any study of February weather conditions in the Southland. “You guys are troupers to be out in this weather,” Scott Riggs said. “I expected to come here and be warm,” J.J. Yeley said. “I got here at 3 and went golfing and was one of about six idiots on the course.” Zucker, meanwhile, took control of marshalling the drivers who huddled under cover, sending them out one by one to chat with Myers, on a live mike, before a few dozen fans standing in puddles. Kevin Harvick, Daytona winner ahead of fan-favorite Mark Martin, was booed. So was Kyle Busch, who lost control on the final lap at Daytona and began the multi-car crash. Zucker, too, was razzed, even though she appeared a pitiable figure, as soaking wet as a survivor plucked out of a Titanic lifeboat. “Idiot!” shouted one man, as Zucker’s name was mentioned. Well, no one controls the weather. Though they can make informed decisions based on its history. We’ll check back on Fanfest when NASCAR returns for Labor Day weekend. Chances of rain in early September are negligible. Though the odds of sunstroke odds rise sharply. DAILYBULLETINFor more musings from columnist Paul Oberjuerge, check out his blog at www.dailybulletin.com/sports. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Still, just the idea of moving up the primary has induced presidential candidates on both sides to court the state more publicly. Even before the Legislature passed the bill by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Monterey Park, candidates were adding public events to California trips that might otherwise have been consumed with private fundraising events. Republican candidates John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have appeared at Schwarzenegger’s side. The events were designed to draw attention to issues the governor cares about but that might not ordinarily interest a presidential candidate, such as congestion at the port in Long Beach and gang violence in Los Angeles. “This bill … has already done its job,” Calderon said during the ceremony. “Before the election, it’s already accomplished what we set out to do: The candidates for president are already in California. They’re already talking with us. Before they would just come, raise money and leave.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday moved California’s presidential primary to Feb. 5, an attempt to give the nation’s most populous state a greater say over the nominating process. “Now California is important again in presidential nominating politics … and we will get the respect that California deserves,” Schwarzenegger said during a bill-signing ceremony outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion, a former governor’s residence and orphanage. California has not played a prominent role in a presidential primary since 1972, when George McGovern beat Hubert Humphrey for the Democratic nomination. Schwarzenegger is hoping that by moving the presidential primary from June to early February, the state will again play a significant role. But California’s bid for more clout has pressured other states to move up their contests, as well. That may diminish California’s influence by turning the day into a sort of national primary, with elections being held in as many as 19 states.
Elections: Visit the elections page for more stories, final results NORWALK – In the race for a seat on the East Whittier City School District board, there’s been a change of positions. Carlos Aparicio overtook Michael A. Cirasole by five in the second tally of votes released Friday. The election was Tuesday. “I have no idea how I even got as many votes,” said Aparicio, . “I just feel I was an underdog right from the get-go. I was very surprised and happy.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Two other races remain close. A contest for the second available seat on the Pico water board saw two candidates separated by 15 votes Tuesday night, but the gap is widening. The race for the second seat on the Orchard Dale Water Board remains divided by 17 votes, up from 15 on Election Night. Four more updates will be given, ending with a final tally Nov. 21. In East Whittier City School District, teacher Dimitri C. Elbling’s firm lead with 39.12 percent of the vote remains, but Aparicio and Cirasole both said they expect the race will be a nail-biter until the end. The race among four challengers, because neither incumbent chose to run again, surprised Cirasole. “Well you know, I went and put out signs and did some mail orders, so it surprised me that the vote turned out as close as it did,” Cirasole said. Cirasole, a business consultant who had previously led by 16 votes, now trails by five. He holds 21.91 percent of the vote, while Aparicio holds 22.02 percent. The Orchard Dale water board race remains close, with challenger Yvette Stevenson-Rodriguez still leading, now by 17 votes instead of the 15 she held over incumbent Clifford E. Lee. Incumbent Joe Kennedy, 84, won his seat easily with 36.2 percent of the vote. Stevenson-Rodriguez, 37, the only candidate to spend more than $1,000 in the race, now leads with 25.54 percent of the vote, while Lee, 77, trails with 23.87 percent. “I’ll wait until the certification letter is received by the registrar’s office,” Stevenson-Rodriguez said, adding she was not ready yet to call the race. In the Pico Water District, incumbent Robert A. Martinez, 53, easily regained his seat with 43.4 percent of the vote. Martinez ran in support of Rick L. Mercado Sr., 73, who was leading on Election Night by 15 votes over Richard Briones, 75. Mercado’s lead has widened to 28 votes. He now has 29.51 percent of the vote while Briones has 27.09 percent. middle-school teacher firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Students meet Minister Brendan Howlin on their trip to China.A ground-breaking new diploma programme at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) educating participants in how to work, live, and do business in China has been hailed as a major success.A total of 13 mature students were the first to take part in LYITs Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing (China) (DPSIM) which has just reached its conclusion. Students came from a number of different sectors, including finance, design, hospitality and sales.LYIT students get down to work with their Chinese counterparts.And although their hopes for future careers were all very diverse, they were strongly supported through this unique programme.Returning from Shanghai in recent weeks the group have been fortunate to have been part of a programme which is helping to forge some very important business and trade links between Ireland and one of the world’s leading economic powers.This innovative course is the first of its kind in Ireland to provide participants with intensive exposure to businesses and potential employers in Shanghai. The programme is fully funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through its Springboard initiative and supported by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).Springboard provides free higher education opportunities to people who lost their jobs in recent years as a result of the economic crash. Springboard provides people with the opportunity to reskill and get back to work, thus contributing to building Ireland’s future.The main focus of the Diploma was to enable students to make connections and develop networking opportunities with Chinese companies and the ex-pat business community so they can continue to develop, not only their own careers, but also strengthen ties between Ireland and China.The course programme was delivered in two parts; firstly, a semester on campus at LYIT before the group travelled to Shanghai for six weeks.During the first semester at LYIT the students studied professional selling and international marketing. It was during this time that the group were also given an all-important grounding in what doing business in China is all about.Having completed the first semester at LYIT, the group left for China on February 15th. The first six weeks were spent on site in Shanghai working on case studies for Chinese companies who are looking to enter the Irish and European Market. During their first week in Shanghai the group got to put some of their skills learned back in Letterkenny into practice. The induction week also taught the basic survival skills of how to get a mobile phone sim card, how to use the public transport system and how to order food. And with the basics mastered, the group were quickly back on track to begin the second part of their course. They met with government officials and visited two of the major industrial zones in Shanghai, at Jiading and Pudong.SUCCESSA significant portion of the course was devoted to learning the language, culture and business etiquette of China. It is a well-known fact that even the most successful of western businesspeople have not and will not succeed in China without understanding the Chinese way of doing business.As the Head of LYIT’s School of Business, Mr Michael Margey explained: “This has been such an opportunity for these students. For anyone who is interested in working in China or for Chinese companies, this first-hand experience cannot be underestimated. Having visited China for work, I would never have known how important simple things like sending a thank-you e-mail after a meeting can be. The Chinese culture has been in existence for such a long time, compared with the culture we have here in the west. It is a fascinating and very different culture to the one we are used to and for that reason, being offered an insight like these students have been given is an invaluable contribution to their future prospects” He continued: “I am delighted that LYIT have been so pro-active in offering this Diploma programme. I think there is no doubt that it will be of enormous benefit to those who have taken part, and indeed to the county as a whole.”Essential to the success of this Springboard programme has been the input of LYIT’s Chinese Partners and facilitators, Dublin-based Zhida International (www.zhiadice.com).Their involvement, coupled with the excellent links already forged between LYIT and China enabled Springboard course participants to gain access to some of the most eminent experts on doing business in china.One of the programme highlights was a meeting with Mr Tom Doctoroff, one of Asia’s most respected advertising professionals and a leading expert in Chinese consumer psychology.IMPORTANCEThe importance of this unique course at LYIT cannot be under-estimated and its value has already been recognised by government and business sectors alike.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, TD, travelled to Shanghai this year as part of the government’s programme to promote Ireland across the world on St Patrick’s Day. While there, Minister Howlin met with the LYIT students where he recognised the important role they would play in fostering inward investment to Ireland.Since his return, Minister Howlin has spoken publicly of the significance of having a programme like this available in Ireland.“I was delighted to meet with students of Letterkenny IT’s Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing while in Shanghai over the St. Patrick’s Day period as part of the Government’s Promote Ireland programme.“The students, of all ages, showed real enthusiasm for and knowledge of China’s culture, language and economy. China is a key market for Ireland. It is encouraging to see our Educational Institutions pro-actively preparing their students for emerging markets like China.”RECOGNITIONThe programme has also been given great recognition and support by Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Consulate in Shanghai. Speaking following a recent meeting with the group in Shanghai, Mr Gormley the Consular General stated: “The group is really a credit to Donegal and to LYIT and we look forward to hearing of progress with the programme and to seeing more groups visit in future.”Course participant, Robert Nuttall made some observations on how he felt he was benefitting from the cultural immersion of his stay in Shanghai.“The Enterprise Ireland event in the evening allowed us to mingle with some of the consulate staff, ex pats and locals. It was great to hear some real insight into life as an expat in china, we got some sound advice and I also managed to make a contact within the design industry.”“I’m learning that China does not do things by halves and am blown away by the sheer scale of what has been done here in such a short space of time”The students and the Diploma course also generated considerable interest in China. They were invited to a press conference and featured in more than 20 newspapers. They also appeared on Shanghai Morning News and were the feature of a documentary being made by CCTV, China’s national broadcaster.LYIT HAILED FOR ‘DOING THE BUSINESS’ ON CHINESE COURSE was last modified: May 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessChinadonegalLYIT
Front Row Past President Wm Mc Cleary, President Kathleen Mc Cormick, Past Captain D P Logue. Back Row Captain Joe Harkin, & Paid MC Menemin who accepted the prize on behalf of Portsalon Golf Club.The 2013 Portside Publications Golfers Guide to Ireland was published recently.The guide has been in existence for 22 years making it one of Irelands longest established golf guides. The guide is distributed throughout Europe and in US. The guide provides golfers worldwide with a comprehensive listing of both links and parkland courses throughout Ireland and is a major a major link in Ireland’s tourism drive each year.Mr Paddy Mc Court Portside Publications Director said ‘’the Guide had become an essential part of the travelling golfers kit. He said that the awards reflects our wish to recognise individual achievements on an annual basis by those involved in the industry’’. The 2013 guide features a comprehensive listing of Ireland’s parkland and links golf course. The award scheme recognises leadership roles played by Irish Golf Clubs.At a function in Donnybrook Dublin the Minister for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring TD presented awards under various category headings from all over Ireland to provincial links and parkland golf courses. The awards were won on an all-Ireland poll undertaken from within the golf and golf related community.Continuing with our success in the Golf Digest top 100 courses the Portside Publications Golfers Guide has awarded Portsalon Golf Club with the Hidden Gem winner in Ulster. The overall winner of the best links course in Ulster went to Royal Portrush with Malone collecting the best parkland course.The overall best links in Ireland also came to Ulster with Royal County Down the winner and Dun Laoghaire being the best parkland course in Ireland. Each of the winning clubs was presented with a Graham Knuttle created ceramic wall plaque crafted by Tipperary Crystal. The Captain Joe Harkin would like to thank Paid Mc Menamin who represented Portsalon Golf Club at the recent presentation and to all who have helped Portsalon Golf Club in the promotion of the club to obtain this prestigious award. GOLF: PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR PORTSALON GOLF COURSE was last modified: January 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Portsalon Golf Club
1 Latest FPL News Richarlison seemed shocked when he received his red card Richarlison Red Card an embarrassment for the Premier League which is in danger of becoming softer than the NFL— roger bennett (@rogbennett) August 25, 2018 ADVICE FPL tips: Why you must sign Liverpool man and Spurs ace who could shine under Jose 91 – Richarlison’s red card is Everton’s 91st in Premier League history; more than any other team in the competition. Clash.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 25, 2018 Five players you must sign for your Fantasy Football team this week FPL tips: Five players you must sign, including £5.7m star wanted by Man United So when Richarlison does it it’s a red card but when an Angry Bird designed to look like Theo Walcott does it it’s 100 points. Double standards.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 25, 2018 This news quickly sent shockwaves around social media as dozens realised that they had Richarlison in their Fantasy Premier League teams.As a result of his red card, he has now registered a score for the week of -2 points.You can see the best of the devastated Twitter reaction below. FPL tips: Why you must sign Tottenham ace and Man United hero advice Why Patrick van Aanholt has urged Sterling to ‘do a madness’ against Wolves PRIORITIES ADVICE ADVICE FPL tips: Players you must sign, including Man United and Chelsea aces FPL tips: Five players you must sign, including Man United and Chelsea aces advice Richarlison has completely ruined my fpl.— The United Link 🏆 (@TheUnitedLink) August 25, 2018 ADVICE FPL tips: Five players you must sign, including a Chelsea wonderkid ADVICE ADVICE 🔴 When you’ve got Richarlison in your fantasy team… #FPL pic.twitter.com/FlW1WiaZuH— mr.Corazz (@kerelkon) August 25, 2018 FPL tips: Five players you must sign, including Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal aces Shoutout to the people who put Richarlison in their FPL this week 🤦🏻♀️— Shan (@Shannxo) August 25, 2018 Everton’s new star signing Richarlison was sent off against Bournemouth on Saturday.The £50m Brazilian flicked a head-butt in the direction of the Cherries’ defender Adam Smith at the end of the first half and was instantly shown a red card. ADVICE FPL tips: Five players you must sign for Gameweek 6
Animals owners across Donegal have been urged to use common sense if painting animals in the county colours in the lead-up to the All-Ireland Final.Donegal animal owners have ben asked to exercise caution when colouring animals.Traditionally many animals including sheep have been coloured on the hillsides of Donegal.But ISPCA spokesman Conor Dowling asked people not to cause animals any unwanted distress. “We don’t want to be killjoys but we would ask people to exercise common sense if painting animals.“Some animals are most used to it than others but we would always ask people not to cause any animal unwarranted distress.“We would also ask them to ensure whatever colouring they are using that it is not dangerous to the animal,” he said. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DONEGAL ANIMAL OWNERS URGED TO USE COMMON SENSE was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animalsdonegalGAA
DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Drake University standout Eric Saubert generated a lot of buzz last week at the 92nd East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Playing for the East squad in college football’s longest running all-star game, Saubert was only targeted twice but couldn’t haul in either pass as both passes were tough balls to catch. He also showed his versatility playing on special teams, playing on punt return and punt coverage. Perhaps more importantly, most observers reported that Saubert had an impressive week of practice leading up to the game, with the workout being watched by hunderes of NFL general managers, scouts and coaches throughout the week. In fact, during the NFL Network’s broadcast of Saturday’s game, analyst Mike Mayock identified Saubert improved his draft stock and thus “made money” by impressing scouts during the practice week. NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld, Josh Norris wrote, “The top player entering the week for me exits in that top spot as well. Saubert is a receiving tight end who gives effort. He can be an asset in a team’s passing game at 6-foot-5, 245-pounds. Saubert was a topic of conversation when I spoke with a director of college scouting. I suggested Saubert could be considered in rounds 3-5 in other years, but not this year due to the depth of this year’s tight end class. He shook his head, saying a talented player won’t drop because of the other talent at his position. The director of college scouting noted that Saubert ran a 4.69 this spring. “That is straight out of bed. Straight off of spring break. No training. If a guy can run, he will run.” Saubert will continue to prepare for the NFL Combine, which will be held Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis, as he was official invited earlier this month. Print Friendly Version