Category Archives: Jack’s Commentary

Jack Healey Commentary August 13th, 2018

The Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament wrapped up yesterday at “Little Fenway”,”Little Wrigley” and “Little Field of Dreams” on the Essex/Jericho line. A record $617,634 was raised for the foundation for its research in spinal cord injuries. Travis Roy was paralyzed from the neck down just 11 seconds into his college hockey career at…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 6th, 2018

It was a great Shrine Game on Saturday! It was competitive and it was exciting and there was a big crowd on hand who had to leave the stadium and then go back in after a long weather delay. Vermont won its third straight Shrine Game 24-13. Burr and Burton’s Jay McCoy with a pair…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary July 27th, 2018

The OEC Kings will not be playing in the State American Legion Baseball Tournament this weekend because they used an ineligible player. It is disappointing for all the players involved, but a rule is a rule. OEC might’ve been the best team in the state too. One of my pet peeves is when people say…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary July 23rd, 2018

The Two lions Cup Twin State Soccer games were played at Castleton University this past Saturday as New Hampshire won the girls game 1-0 and leads in the series 18-13 with 5 ties. Rutland High’s Meghan Hamilton played for Vermont. Meghan also scored a goal in the Make A Wish Ice Hockey Game a couple…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary July 16th, 2018

France wins the World Cup its 2nd overall and first since 1998. The Yankees win the World Series every time France wins the World Cup! John Deere was born in Rutland, Vermont on February 7th, 1804. There is a historic sign adjacent to the Main St. Park in Rutland so why isn’t the John Deere…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary July 11th, 2018

Just saw the movie “Chappaquidick”. It was a great movie, but I can’t get past that Gary Tanguay [yes that guy from NBC Sports Boston or whatever they call it] played the part of the ABC newsman who interviewed Ted Kennedy about the moon landing. Tanguay is the best they could do? I would’ve done…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary July 2nd, 2018

It was brutally hot on Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t stop the hundreds of mourners many from the Lenny Burke Farm who filed into the the Castleton University Pavilion to pay their respects to former MSJ basketball standout Lenny Burke. It was a beautiful service as members of the family and others spoke of their…Continue Reading

Jack Healey’s Commentary June 25th, 2018

It was a wonderful pre-game ceremony before the Rutland Post 31 American Legion baseball home opener last Saturday at St. Peter’s field as Rutland hosted White River Post 84. There was a moment of silence for both former MSJ basketball star Lenny Burke and former Post 31 coach Bill Flory. Lenny Burke suffered a traumatic…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary June 8th, 2018

Let me start out with Julian Edelman of the Patriots who will be suspended four games for PED use pending appeal. Let me make it clear that any punishment is fair and he will probably use the same excuses everybody makes like I didn’t know where it came from, it was a vitamin, blah, blah,blah!…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary May 31st, 2018

I am of course disappointed that the Celtics lost game 7. It was there for the taking and Lebron spoiled the party. He was great and I can see why many consider him to be the best of all time. The best or greatest is always subjective anyway. I consider Michael Jordan to be the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary May 25th, 2018

Everybody has an opinion on the NFL ruling and the National Anthem. There probably shouldn’t have been a ruling at all because it just stirs up the pot again. That being said here is my feeling on it again. I think any player has a right to kneel or protest the National Anthem or the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary May 17th, 2018

Here’s a news flash for the Boston Red Sox! Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Christian Vasquez are not in slumps! They simply can’t hit! There is a difference! To be in a slump you have to somewhere along the line hit. When you hit and then don’t hit for awhile, that’s a slump. What Jackie Bradley,…Continue Reading

Jack Healey’s Commentary May 11th, 2018

The Mill River Unified Basketball team came up a little bit short in the state championship game at UVM’s Patrick Gym yesterday losing to the Belcate School of Essex Jct. by a score of 51-47. Mill River is the South champion and had a rousing send off before leaving for Burlington and a huge welcome…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary May 2nd, 2018

Was the Celtics victory over Philly in game 1 an aberration? It might be. Come on the Celtics have no business beating them in one game, let alone the series with or without Jaylen Brown. How great a coach is Brad Stevens? He is pulling off miracles! A great coach in a player’s league. Rick…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 25th, 2018

Let’s face it! It’s about Tukka Rask in game 7 between the Bruins and the Toronto in their NHL series tonight. If the good Tukka shows up, the Bruins will win. If the bad Tukka shows up, the Bruins will lose. I believe it’s as simple as that. I know the Bruins first line has…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 19th, 2018

Why are so many media outlets and fans going with the ESPN reports that say that Tom Brady may not play in 2018? The reports say ” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still has not committed to playing in 2018, even though people who know him believe he will be back in 2018.” Geez talk about…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 13th, 2018

This latest Red Sox-Yankees fracas is on the Red Sox! Of course it is. Austin’s slide into 2nd wasn’t that bad and Brock Holt’s reaction was a way “over reaction” as far as I’m concerned. Come on Brock! Then of course Kelly hitting Austin with the pitch was ridiculous too. No this one is on…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 5th, 2018

The Masters gets underway today at Augusta National. It’s certainly on my bucket list. How nice would a trip to Augusta be? My choice to get that elusive Masters championship is Rory McIlroy. Giancarlo Stanton hits a 458 ft. home-run, the day after striking out five times and being booed. Stanton also struck-out three times…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 29th, 2018

It’s finally here the 2018 baseball season. I’ve been looking forward to it for awhile. I think the Yankees are loaded and really good, but I think the Red Sox are really good too. Here goes my predictions for 2018: NL West NL Central NL East 1. LA Dodgers 1. Cubs 1. Washington 2. Arizona…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 21st, 2018

Was it the biggest upset in college basketball history? Was it the biggest upset loss in Virginia history? I say yes to both. 2nd question first….yes, it was a bigger upset loss in Virginia basketball history than Chaminade’s victory over Ralph Sampson and Virginia in 1982. I say yes to the first question too. A…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 19th, 2018

What a weekend for Rutland area sports!!!! On Friday night at the Barre Auditorium MSJ won its 4th straight Division 4 girls basketball state championship as Lyndsey Elms led the way with 9 points. Bill Bruso with his first championship as head coach and MSJ winning its 5th state title overall. The Mounties won a…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 16th, 2018

A day early, but Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It was a dominating performance by the Rutland High boys basketball team last night at the UVM Patrick Gym as the Raiders romped over St. Johnsbury 60-35. Rutland is now 22-0 and has won 39 straight. So it’s the Division 1 state championship tomorrow at 3PM and…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 9th, 2018

A couple of more pet peeves and maybe I’ve mentioned them before and maybe not: There are fans and some coaches who don’t like byes and that is hard to believe. You do realize that when you have a bye you have already won that game, right? You do realize that you have one less…Continue Reading

Jack Healey commentary March 2nd, 2018

No it wasn’t the NHL All Star game, it was a regular season game as the Bruins beat Pittsburgh 8-4. Tukka Rask got the win, but he stunk the joint out. Sorry he isn’t elite! If the Bruins had Henrick Lundqvist or Braden Holtby in goal I think they would win the Stanley Cup. Spring…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 1st, 2018

It’s playoff time again in high school sports as boys and girls hockey and girls basketball are underway and boys basketball starts next week. I’ve asked the question for the past 40 years and that is why are first round games called play downs in Vermont? I never hear that term elsewhere. You don’t hear…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 23rd, 2018

Does it worry anybody that JD Martinez hasn’t passed his physical yet? I would be except the Red Sox’ beat writers are saying there is nothing to be worried about. At least not yet! I am thrilled that Amanda Pelkey of Montpelier won a gold medal in womens hockey. Remember her cousin Ashley Pelkey of…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 13th, 2018

The Boston Celtics retired Paul Pierce’s #34 on Sunday. Have the Celtics retired too many numbers over the years? Probably, but it was a great ceremony. Well done Boston! One of the Celtics’ retired numbers is #6 Bill Russell. Yesterday was Russell’s 84th birthday. Bill Russell was the greatest winner of all time! Think about…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 8th, 2018

What is the big deal with Josh McDaniels changing his mind about going to the Colts? Changing your mind about taking a job happens all the time in life. Bill Belichick did it when he changed his mind about going to the Jets. Billy Donovan  changed his mind about going to the Orlando Magic. Heck…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 5th, 2018

Let me say it’s no good to lose in the Super Bowl. There is one winner and everybody else loses. The only team that should be happy is the team that wins it all. I did go with the Patriots to win so after the loss my final record is 167-100. However as I wrote…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 2nd, 2018

It’s Groundhog Day! How does it go again? Is the groundhog seeing his shadow a good thing or a bad thing? I can never remember. Anyway it’s the Super Bowl on Sunday and with one game to go I stand at 167-99. I’ll cut right to the chase. I’m going with the Patriots over Philadelphia.…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 25th, 2018

I predicted four players correctly getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman all getting in as I thought they would. I thought Edgar Martinez would get in, but he fell 20 votes shy. I think he will get in next year. I watched about three hours…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 24th, 2018

The Baseball Hall of Fame results will be announced at 6PM today on the Major league Baseball Network. Based on what I’ve read and heard with the tracking of the votes etc. I predict that the following players will get into the Hall: Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Edgar Martinez, Trevor Hoffman and Vladamir Guerrero. I…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 18th, 2019

I think it’s great that MSJ is going back to varsity football after breaking off from the co-op program with Poultney. I think Tucker Peterson will do a great job as coach and has a great staff including his dad Art Peterson. Art was not only a former coach at Mill River as was Tucker,…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 12th, 2018

NFL Divisional Round this weekend. I went 2-2 last week to bring my overall record to 163-97. I’m going with: Philadelphia over Atlanta The NE Patriots over Tennessee Pittsburgh over Jacksonville New Orleans over Minnesota Love those weekday afternoon NBA games.  I actually watched most of the Celtics victory over Philadelphia in London yesterday. The…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 9th, 2018

Yes it was a classic and I missed it! Is it me or do football games last longer than baseball games? Of course this one went into overtime and of course more action than the average baseball game! You have to give Nick Saban a lot of credit. He ties Bear Bryant for most national…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 5th, 2018

I’ve been listening to Boston Sports talk radio for weeks as they talk about the rift in the Patriots between the quarterback, coach, the personal trainer and owner and any trades that were made and blah, blah, blah. The trouble is I’ve only heard one side. It all sounds like speculation to me and quite…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 2nd, 2018

I should’ve stayed up for that last quarter and the overtimes of the Rose Bowl. I guess it turned into a classic. Georgia defeats Oklahoma and Alabama defeats Clemson in the Sugar Bowl so it will be an All-SEC national championship game. Does Georgia have enough on the defensive side to stop Alabama? I don’t…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 29th, 2017

Final weekend of the regular season in the NFL and I stand now at 151-89   All the games on Sunday December 31st   Detroit over Green Bay Indianapolis over Houston Minnesota over Chicago NE Patriots over NY Jets NY Giants over Washington Dallas over Philadelphia Pittsburgh over Cleveland Carolina over Atlanta Baltimore over Cincinnati…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 28th, 2017

2017 was a great year for local sports. What was your top sports story of 2017? I have a few in no particular order except for #1. This has to be #1: Yes Rutland’s thrilling overtime victory over CVU to win its first Division 1 boys basketball championship in 50 years. It was a magical…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 26th, 2017

Yes the Patriots got another break on Sunday with the overturn of an apparent Buffalo touchdown. In this one I didn’t see anything that would warrant overturning the call so I don’t agree with the eventual call of no catch and no touchdown. I still think the rule is a good one and the overturn…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 22nd, 2017

I went 11-5 last week and now stand at 138-86 in the NFL football picks. Week #16 Saturday December 23rd Baltimore over Indianapolis Minnesota over Green Bay Sunday December 24th Chicago over Cleveland Detroit over Cincinnati LA Rams over Tennessee Kansas City over Miami NE Patriots over Buffalo New Orleans over Atlanta LA Chargers over…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 20th, 2017

Geez people! Again! He didn’t catch it! Saw a video on twitter that showed a pass completion in the Super Bowl by Dallas several years ago where the receiver dropped the ball in the end zone and it was called a touchdown and the comment was “This is what a touchdown used to be in…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 19th, 2017

Let me repeat what I already wrote yesterday because it’s amazing what people don’t seem to get. Jesse James did not complete the catch! That’s the point! Breaking the plane doesn’t matter if you’re a receiver if you don’t complete the catch. It’s pretty simple and  plays like that have been called consistently over the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 18th, 2017

I agree! It was a terrible call! It’s a stupid rule! Before anybody gets too excited I’m not talking about the Patriots-Pittsburgh game, I’m talking about the Dallas-Oakland game. Dak Prescott didn’t get the first down and the rule where the opponent gets the ball at the 20 yard line if a player fumbles the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 14th, 2017

It’s week #15 in the NFL. I went 11-5 last week to go to 127-81 on the season Thursday December 14th Indianapolis over Denver Saturday December 16th Detroit over Chicago Kansas City over LA Chargers Sunday December 17th Miami over Buffalo Carolina over Green Bay Baltimore over Cleveland Houston over Jacksonville Minnesota over Cincinnati New…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 11th, 2017

The Giancarlo Stanton trade Between the Yankees and Miami was huge! It’s the biggest trade since Babe Ruth!!!![The Babe was actually sold to the Yankees by the Red Sox for $100,000. You know, “The Curse of The Bambino” and all that stuff] The Yankee line-up will be frightening, but keep in mind the Yankees’ line-up…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 7th, 2017

Gronk’s appeal has been denied and he will serve his one game suspension at Miami on Monday night. Now let’s cut the nonsense! The one game suspension was fair. Those who say more than one game are idiots. You could make the argument that the players from the Monday night Steelers-Bengals fiasco who were also…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 5th, 2017

Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese are gone from the Giants. No surprise there! Rob Gronkowski got a one game suspension and no surprise there. The punishment is fair. Gronk should just take the suspension and move on. I think it’s really stupid that he’s appealing because if it’s delayed he misses the game against Pittsburgh…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 4th, 2017

In college football with Ohio State getting into the “Final 4” without playing in the conference championship game let alone winning it last year and not getting into the “Final 4” this year despite winning the Big 10 championship game I wonder how important those conference championship games really are. Alabama didn’t even win its…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 30th, 2017

Why all the hoopla about Eli Manning? So he’s being benched. So what? The same people calling for his head all season are now upset. Why? Sounds hypocritical to me. Be careful what you ask for! The Harvard-Yale football game next season will be played at Fenway Park. That’s neat, but where are people going…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 28th, 2017

My up and down NFL picking season continues as I went 12-4 this week and I now stand at 104-72 overall. The Miami Dolphins are cheap shot artists. There is no doubt about it. Tom Brady got hammered all day long and many in my opinion were late and low hits. Brady kept getting up…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 22nd, 2017

In Ivy League football last Saturday Yale defeated Harvard 24-3 and won its first outright Ivy League title since 1980. Former MSJ standout Mike Muscatello was a starting defensive back on that Yale team. Mike starred on the great MSJ undefeated Division 1 state championship team in 1976 and caught a touchdown pass in Vermont’s…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 17th, 2017

Jose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton winning the MVP’s in baseball. I did figure Altuve would win, but I thought Paul Goldsmidt would win in the  National League and he finished 3rd in the voting. The criteria has never been clear to  me in the MVP voting. Do they mean Most Valuable Player or do they…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 16th, 2017

I was 1-1 in my Cy Young picks. I went with Corey Kluber, but I did not pick Max Sherzer. MVP tonight. I’m going with Jose Altuve in the American League and Paul Goldschmidt in the National League. I went 7-7 in the NFL picks last week to bring my overall record to 83-63. Week…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 15th, 2017

I wiffed on my predictions for managers of the year. I went with Dave Roberts and AJ Hinch and the winners are Minnesota’s Paul Molitor in the American League and Torey Lovullo of Arizona in the National League. Cy Young winners to be announced tonight and I’m going with Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Clayton Kershaw…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 14th, 2017

Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger won the AL and NL Rookie of the year Awards unanimously and certainly no surprise there and if I predicted yesterday I would’ve gone with both. It would’ve been a no brainer decision. The Managers of the Year will be announced tonight and I’m going with AJ Hinch and Dave…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 13th, 2017

It was a great day of football on Saturday for the three championships in high school football at Rutland’s Alumni Field. It was Veteran’s Day and before each game the fans and players applauded the veterans who were on hand and there was a moment of silence before every game for veterans who had died.…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 10th, 2017

It’s state championship day tomorrow in high school football at Rutland’s Alumni Field. All the games are rematches from the regular season games and every regular season game was close so it should be an exciting day. I went 5-1 in the semi’s to bring my overall record to 113-29. Division 3 at 11 AM:…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 9th, 2017

So sad to hear the news of the death of former Toronto and Philadelphia pitcher Roy Halladay. He died in a plane crash on Tuesday and you wonder if he was flying solo before he had the experience to do so. It brings back memories of Thurman Munson and JFK Jr. It’s going to be a…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 7th, 20017

I went 5-1 for the high school semi’s to bring my overall record to 113-29. The three championship games are this Saturday at Rutland’s Alumni Field: Division 3 at 11 AM Windsor vs Woodstock Division 2 at 2 PM  Fair Haven vs. Bellows Falls Division 1 at 5 PM St. Johnsbury vs. Hartford. All three…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 3rd, 2017

I had a hunch that the Jets would beat Buffalo in NFL Thursday night football, but instead of the hunch I went with the easy way and took Buffalo. Of course the Jets won 34-21. Just thinking that according to many Tom Brady is overrated [I think he’s underrated] so of course you can insert…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 2nd,2017

The Houston Astros won the World Series in 7 as I correctly predicted. LOL. Lucky guess of course!!! The Patriots signed Brian Hoyer as their back-up quarterback. I rather have Colin Kaepernick. Week #9 in the NFL. Thursday November 2nd Buffalo over New York Jets Sunday November 5th Baltimore over Tennessee New Orleans over Tampa…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 1st, 2017

HA HA HA HA HA! That’s me laughing again at fans and media who keep on talking about momentum. The Dodgers twice have bounced back  to win games after heartbreaking devastating losses in the World Series. They bounced back to win game 6 last night 3-1 so it’s a game 7 tonight. When will you…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 31st, 2017

The Patriots have traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2nd round draft choice. At first I’m asking why? Isn’t Garoppolo the quarterback of the future? What are the Patriots going to do for a back-up if Tom Brady goes down? Then I thought about it… Why not trade Garoppolo. He’s an…Continue Reading

Jack Healey’s Commentary October 27th, 2017

If you don’t renew somebody’s contract it’s the same thing as being fired isn’t it? Whatever you call it Joe Girardi won’t be back as manager of the Yankees next year. The Red Sox had more reason to get rid of John Farrell than the Yankees did in getting rid of Joe Girardi. Both deserved…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 26th, 2017

Vin Scully threw out the first pitch last night before game 2 of the World Series. How neat was that? Then it was one of the great World Series games of all-time! They should’ve let Vin broadcast an inning or 2. NFL week #8 I went 10-5 last week and my record is now 59-47.…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 24th, 2017

A solid win for the Patriots and they actually hold an opposing quarterback to under 300 yards passing and it was to Matt Ryan the one quarterback you would think who would really light them up. You never know! I went with Houston in 6 and the Astros won in 7. I got the winners…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 20th, 2017

I went with the Dodgers in 6 and they won in 5. Hard to believe that the Dodgers haven’t been to the World Series since 1988. Ron Gardenhire is the new manager of the Detroit Tigers. Glad he isn’t going to the Red Sox. I don’t want Brad Ausmus, I want Alex Cora! I hope…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary october 19th, 2017

The Yankees are one victory away from an incredible run to the World Series, but so far the home team has won every game in the series. Game 6 and game 7 if necessary back in Houston. The Yankees won the clinching game 5 on the road in Cleveland in the division series. Will the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 18th, 2017

A gruesome injury  suffered by Gordon Hayward in his Celtics debut as he suffered a broken ankle, a broken tibia and apparent ligament damage. As a fan I’m disappointed of course as I was looking forward to watching him play with the Celtics this season, but more importantly I just hope he is out for…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 13th, 2017

Wow! How would you like to be a Washington Nationals fan or a Washington Capitals fan too for that matter? Dusty Baker has lost the last 10 elimination games. On this Friday the 13th, that’s a lot of bad luck there! The only division series I predicted correctly was the Houston victory over the Red…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 12th, 2017

You have to give the Yankees a lot of credit. Down 2-0 after a devastating loss and then coming back to win three straight  with the 5th game on the road to advance to the American League Championship Series. A couple of things; The Yankees bailed out Joe Girardi for his game 2 blunder. Instead…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 6th, 2017

We learned a couple of things last night: Jose Altuve is pretty good. Terry Francona knew what he was doing starting Trevor Bauer. The Patriots can play at least a little bit of defense. The Bruins might have a couple of good young players. Bob Costas and Jim Kaat are great together. Kaat is a…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 5th, 2017

Here are my precitions for the baseball Division Series: American League: Houston over the Red Sox in 4 Cleveland over the Yankees in 4   National league: Arizona over the Dodgers in 5 Washington over the Cubs in 5   NFL Week #5 I went 9-7 last week and my overall record is 38-25 Thursday…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 2nd, 2017

I hate the term backing in when it comes to baseball. There is no such thing as backing in when you play 162 games. I don’t even like the term in other sports either because somewhere a long the line you are winning games on your own. The Red Sox clinched the Division on the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 29th, 2017

It’s week #5 in high school football. I stand at 46-15 after going 13-2 last week. Friday September 29th Rutland over Middlebury Woodstock over Mill River Fair Haven over Poultney/MSJ Hartford over Brattleboro Burlington over CVU Mt. Mansfield over Colchester Essex over Rice South Burlington over Mt. Anthony U32 over North Country Saturday September 30th…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 28th, 2017

Here are my NFL picks for week #4 9-7 last week and I stand at 29-18 Thursday September 28th Green Bay over Chicago Sunday October 1st New Orleans over Miami Dallas over LA Rams Detroit over Minnesota Atlanta over Buffalo NE Patriots over Carolina Jacksonville over NY Jets Cincinnati over Cleveland Baltimore over Pittsburgh Houston…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 25th, 2017

I went 13-2 in high school football this past weekend to bring my overall record to 46-15. I mentioned last week that it was refreshing hearing the fans at Spartan Stadium singing the National Anthem when the singer’s mic wasn’t working properly before the Castleton-Norwich football game. It was refreshing because of  so much disrespect…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 22nd, 2017

As Bill Belichick once said it’s on to Cincinnati.  The Red Sox open up a three game series at Cincinnati tonight! It’s week #4 in high school football and I stand at 33-13. Here are my picks: Friday September 22nd, 2017 Hartford over Rutland BFA-St. Albans over South Burlington Burlington over Brattleboro Middlebury over Essex Mt.…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 21st, 2017

It’s NFL week #3 and I stand at 20-11 Here are my picks; Thursday September 21st LA Rams over San Francisco Sunday September 24th Baltimore over Jacksonville Denver over Buffalo Pittsburgh over Chicago Atlanta over Detroit Indianapolis over Cleveland Minnesota over Tampa Bay NE Patriots over Houston Miami over NY Jets NY Giants over Philadelphia…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 18th, 2017

I told you that “Apple Phone Gate” was “Much Ado About Nothing”! There were 3887 fans on hand for Castleton’s 28-14 victory over Norwich in college football on Saturday. It was the 3rd largest crowd in Spartan Stadium history as the “Maple Sap Bucket” will reside in Castleton again. It was a wonderful gesture before…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 15th, 2017

You social media “Know It Alls” do realize that the banner taken down at Fenway Park on Wednesday night was “Anti-Racist”, not “Racist”. The next time you make comments at least read what the whole thing is about. David Price was sure out a long time for somebody who was faking an injury. It’s week…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 14th, 2017

Here are my NFL picks for week #2. I went 10-5 last week   Thursday September 14th Houston over Cincinnati   Sunday September 17th Baltimore over Cleveland Carolina over Buffalo Arizona over Indianapolis Tennessee over Jacksonville Kansas City over Philadelphia New Orleans over NE Patriots Minnesota over Pittsburgh Tampa Bay over Chicago LA Chargers over…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 8th, 2017

Well so much for talk of 19-0. Not that I didn’t think that was a bunch of nonsense anyway. I know Tom Brady wasn’t great even though he did throw for 267 yards and the offense left some points on the board, but this was about the defense! Of course it was! It allowed 42…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 7th, 2017

As for the Red Sox stealing signals using electronic devices…. Throw the book at them, have them forfeit games, take away draft choices and of course fine them heavily. Ok you satisfied? I’m being facetious of course and I think the Red Sox should be punished, but this was jaywalking, it was not the “Crime…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 1st, 2017

It’s week #1 in high school football. The defending champs are Hartford in Division 1, Bellows Falls in Division 2 and Windsor in Division 3. In 2017 I look for Hartford to repeat in Division 1, Fair Haven to win in Division 2 and Windsor to repeat in Division 3.   Friday September 1st Rutland…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 28th, 2017

I guess in the next seven days we will see if the Red Sox have any guts. Explain to me again how David Price was faking an injury. I’m telling you the Sox need Price! The Patriots are going to miss Julian Edleman more than they missed Rob Gronkowski last year. Actually the Pats didn’t…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 25th, 2017

I wrote recently that Chris Sale is not the “Yankees Daddy” like Pedro Martinez was because Sale has pitched really well against the Yankees. We can say though that Sale is the “Indians Daddy” because Sale again got lit up by the Indians last night and was also lit up in a game against the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 23rd, 2017

I hate to see Isaiah Thomas go or Jae Crowder and the #1 draft choice which should be a good one because it is the #1 from Brooklyn and whoever heard of Ante Zizic, but I say great trade for the Celtics. Come on this is Kyrie Irving they’re getting and he is the best…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 18th, 2017

Here is a story printed on the AP and other sources: The Boston Red Sox’s principal owner says he wants to take steps to rename a Fenway Park street that has been an enduring reminder of the franchise’s complicated racial past. John Henry told the Boston Herald that he is “haunted” by the racist legacy…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 17th, 2017

I am not a Vermonter, but I have been in Rutland for 46 years. I get Rutland and I get Vermont. As a matter of fact I think I know Rutland better than  many people that I know that grew up here. That’s why I am amazed that there is a certain Boston Sports Talk…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 15th, 2017

The Red Sox’ Friday night loss could be the worst loss of the year, but Sunday night’s win could be the best win of the season for the Sox. So much for momentum. Again why do people keep talking about it? I do because people keep talking about it and it’s ridiculous! The Yankees supposedly…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 7th, 2017

  It was the 2nd straight Vermont victory in the 64th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game this past Saturday before a big crowd at Castleton University’s  Spartan Stadium as Vermont blanked New Hampshire 19-0. It was the first time Vermont has won two straight in the series since winning three straight between 1975-1977.          Fair Haven’s…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 4th, 2017

It’s the 64th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game coming up tomorrow at Castleton’s Spartan Stadium at 5:30. We will have the game for you on 94.5 FM starting at 5:10 with the pre game show. There are six Rutland area players on the Vermont Shrine team including Rutland’s Jimmy Mee, Max Pockette and Jack Ligon,…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 3rd, 2017

Legendary Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian died yesterday at the age of 94. Behind Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy, Parseghian was the greatest Notre Dame coach ever. Parseghian has often been criticized for going for the tie in the famous 10-10 game against Michigan State in 1966. People forget that Notre Dame tied the game…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 1st, 2017

The trade deadline came and went and the Yankees getting Sonny Gray from Oakland is huge. The big thing for me is that Gray is signed for the next two years. The Red Sox made out OK with the acquisition of Addison Reed. He is a free agent at the end of the season, but…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary July 25th, 2017

Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe had an account yesterday of a confrontation between NESN’s Dennis Eckersley and David Price on a team flight. The fact that there was a confrontation is old news and was reported several weeks ago,but the article yesterday goes into more detail. You can read the article on line so…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary July 19th, 2017

It was a huge trade and guess what? It involves the Yankees. The trade sends third baseman Todd Frazier and relief pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox to the Yankees in exchange for relief pitcher Tyler Clippard and three prospects including Yankees’ #1 2016 draft choice Blake Rutherford. This trade is…Continue Reading

Jack Healey’s Commentary July 17th, 2017

Ragging on the media seems to be a favorite past time of the general public nowadays. I’m here to talk about sports, but first off I’m convinced that the public has no idea about the difference between regular newscasts and commentary. I don’t think I can comment on how to do heart surgery yet the…Continue Reading

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