Category Archives: Jack’s Commentary

Jack Healey Commentary December 11th, 2018

A terrible 8-8 in my NFL picks in week #14 and I now stand at 130-76. The only two places I didn’t see the constant showing of the end of the Patriots-Miami game was on MLB and the weather channel and I’m not sure, but they could’ve shown the play over and over too. I’m…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 10th, 2018

“Do you believe In miracles?” It’s not quite the same thrill I get when I hear the Al Michaels’ call, but it was unbelievable and indeed it was a miracle as Miami beat the Patriots on the game’s final play yesterday by a score of 34-33. Yes the Patriots left points on the board all…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 6th, 2018

I went 10-6 last week and I now stand at 122-68. Thursday December 6th Tennessee over Jacksonville Sunday December 9th Buffalo over NY Jets Carolina over Cleveland Green Bay over Atlanta Houston over Indianapolis Kansas City over Baltimore NE Patriots over Miami New Orleans over Tampa Bay NY Giants over Washington LA Chargers over Cincinnati…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 3rd, 2018

The fake punt on 4th and 11 cost Georgia a chance at the national championship. As if that is not enough, Georgia coach Kirby “Not So Smart” who was responsible for the idiotic call campaigns for his team to be in the “final four” even though his team was not a conference champion and had…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 29th, 2018

I now stand at 113-62 in my NFL football picks: Thursday November 29th New Orleans over Dallas Sunday December 2nd Atlanta over Baltimore Denver over Cincinnati LA Rams over Detroit Green Bay over Arizona Houston over Cleveland Indianapolis over Jacksonville Miami over Buffalo Chicago over NY Giants Carolina over Tampa Bay Kansas City over Oakland…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 27th, 2018

I went  12-3 in the NFL in week #12 and I now stand at 113-62. Why is Tom Brady always compared to Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers etc.? Why aren’t they ever compared to each other? Ben Roethlisberger throws a terrible pick in the end zone at the end of the Pittsburgh loss…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 21st, 2018

OK my official record is now 101-59 in my NFL picks. Really! Week #12 Thanksgiving day Chicago over Detroit Dallas over Washington New Orleans over Atlanta Sunday November 25th Baltimore over Oakland Jacksonville over Buffalo Seattle over Carolina Cincinnati over Cleveland NE Patriots over NY Jets Philadelphia over NY Giants Tampa Bay over San Francisco…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 16th, 2018

Mookie Betts won the American League MVP and Christian Yelitch won the National League MVP as I expected for both. All the awards came out the way I expected except for the American League Rookie of the Year which I mentioned early in the week. The Mets’ Jacob DeGrom won the National League Cy Young…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 15th, 2018

I went 7-7 last week and now have a record of 94-47 which is now the corrected updated record Thursday November 15th Seattle over Green Bay Sunday November 18th Atlanta over Dallas Baltimore over Cincinnati Carolina over Detroit Tennessee over Indianapolis Pittsburgh over Jacksonville NY Giants over Tampa Bay Houston over Washington Arizona over Oakland…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 14th, 2018

The Major League baseball awards are being announced this week and so far I’ve had a few right and a few wrong. In Rookie of the Year: Shohei Ohtani of the Angels won in the American League. I thought Miguel Andujar of the Yankees should’ve got the award and I would’ve voted for him. I…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 12th, 2018

The Poultney-Woodstock game was closer than I expected and Mt. Mansfield was better than I expected. I give the Cougars credit and they deserved to win, but it was probably Rutland’s worst game of the year. I expected Burr and Burton to win in Division 2, but I expected the game to be a little…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 9th, 2018

I went 6-0 in my high school football picks in the semi’s last week to go to 103-36 on the year. I can’t catch George, but here goes: Division 3 Woodstock over Poultney Division 2 Burr and Burton over Fair Haven. Might wear out the scoreboard in this one! Division 1 Rutland over Mt. Mansfield.…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 8th, 2018

I was 9-4 in my NFL picks last week and now stand at 81-46 Thursday November 8th Carolina over Pittsburgh Sunday November 11th Chicago over Detroit New Orleans over Cincinnati Atlanta over Cleveland Indianapolis over Jacksonville Kansas City over Arizona NY Jets over Buffalo Tampa Bay over Washington NE Patriots over Tennessee LA Chargers over…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 7th, 2018

The Division 2 high school football championship game will be this Saturday at 2PM at Rutland’s Alumni Field. It will be #1 seed Burr and Burton against #2 seed and defending state champion Fair Haven. Burr and Burton is 9-1 and Fair Haven is 8-2 and they should burn up the scoreboard with their high…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 6th, 2018

Winning the World Series is the main thing, but as long as they have individual awards you might as well talk about them. That being said why isn’t JD Martinez at least a finalist in the AL MVP race? I get it about DH and all that, but MVP is an offensive award and always…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 2nd, 2018

I told you yesterday that the “suck on it” comment from Alex Cora was not about the Yankees or New York. Alex Cora explained it yesterday  and I ask you to check out yesterday’s blog to see what I said. The New York media that went with a bogus story owe Cora an apology. Semi…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary November 1st, 2018

Listen to what Alex Cora actually said please! When he said “suck on it” at the parade yesterday he was talking about the “gloom and doomers” and the “doubters” after the loss to the Yankees in game 2 of the ALDS. He was also talking about negative Boston sports talk radio. He said we went…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 30th, 2018

I had no problem with Steve Pearce being named the World Series MVP, but I wouldn’t have had a problem with David Price either. Pearce had the tying home run in game 4 and the bases clearing double that blew the game open in that game as well and then in the clinching game 5…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 29th, 2018

The World Series is over and with it a few thoughts: I never imagined I’d see the Red Sox win one World Series in my lifetime, let alone four. Only Sox fans of my generation would understand. I think Steve Pearce deserved to win the World Series MVP, but so did others like David Price…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 26th,2018

I went 11-3 last week and now stand at 86-33. This week are the quarters in Division 1: Rutland over Burlington/South Burlington on NSN Hartford over St. Johnsbury on NSN Mt. Mansfield over Colchester Rice over Middlebury In consolation games: BFA-St. Albans over Brattleboro on NSN Essex over CVU on NSN In Division 2: Fair…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 25th,2018

Was Curt Schilling not invited to the pre-game ceremony before the World Series game day last night because of his political points of view or was it just an oversight? Good question! I went 11-3 in the NFL last week and now I stand at 64-41 overall. Here goes for week #8: Thursday October 25th…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 23rd, 2018

It’s game 1 of the World Series at Fenway tonight and I’m going with the Dodgers in 6. What do you think the over-under will be on the number of times Joe Buck will be hammered on social media? You aren’t going to hear or read any negative comments from me. I’ve said it a…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 22nd, 2018

Hey the Patriots were lucky and I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s still about the defense. The next time Cordarrelle Patterson celebrates a touchdown, I hope he at least waits until he gets into the end zone! I wish Scott Zolak would stop interrupting Bob Socci during great calls. It’s annoying!.…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 19th, 2018

I said Houston in 6 and the Red Sox won in 5. I love it when I’m wrong like that. David Price was great and of course Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the series MVP. Now it’s on to the World Series! Final weekend of the regular season in high school football and it has gone…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 18th, 2018

Yes I thought it was a home-run and no interference on the ball that Jose Altuve hit last night in the first inning and the Red Sox got a huge break. A couple of things though that might be overlooked. #1 that did happen in the first inning and there was a lot of game…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 15th, 2018

I guess David Price was OK, Sale wasn’t and what’s up with Craig Kimbrel? Anyway the series is 1-1 so fasten your seat belts. As for the Pats, let’s just say it was a classic. Patrick Mahomes was fantastic and so was Tom Brady! Just one game to go in the regular season in high…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 12th, 2018

Hard to believe there are just two games to go in the regular season in high school football. It’s week #7. I went 12-3 last week and now stand at 65-27. Friday October 12th Rutland over Essex. That game on NSN St. Johnsbury over CVU on NSN Rice over U32 on NSN Fair Haven over…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 11th, 2018

Yesterday I wrote here that I thought David Price would start in a championship series game, but I thought it would be in game #4. Price will start in game 2 at Fenway on Sunday night and of course Chris Sale will start in game 1 on Saturday night. I have not been a Price…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 10th, 2018

Yes I’ll admit it I was sleeping when the Red Sox clinched the American League Division Series last night against the Yankees. A good thing too because I don’t know what I would’ve done during the stressful 9th inning. I was sleeping as the Red Sox clobbered the Yankees the night before too. Let me…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 8th, 2018

Another impressive win for Rutland as the Raiders romped over Rice last Friday night by a score of 49-26. Dakota Peters with four touchdowns. Rutland is now #1 in the QPR with two games to go in the regular season. The Raiders will be hosting Essex this Friday night and will finish up at Burlington/South…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 5th, 2018

Tom Brady is underrated. I will say that over and over and over again! Taken in the 6th round at #199 and becomes the 3rd quarterback in NFL history to throw 500 touchdown passes. Please! there is no argument! It’s week #6 in high school football. I went 12-3 last week to bring my record…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 4th, 2018

If they say it’s the match-up everybody wanted to see they didn’t ask me! I wanted a Red Sox-Oakland match-up, but it is the match-up I really expected because I gave Oakland virtually no chance last night and I was right. A nice season for Oakland, but what does it all mean? Nothing! Absolutely nothing!…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 2nd, 2018

Well Milwaukee and the Dodgers won the tiebreakers yesterday, but the two losers get to play in the wildcard game tonight. It’s funny, but if the Cubs win tonight they get to play Milwaukee in the Division series and it would be like yesterday’s game between the Cubs and Brewers never existed. People do know…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary October 1st, 2018

enjoyed Don Orsillo, AJ and David Cone on the Red Sox vs. Yankee game on Saturday and so many fans were talking about how they miss Orsillo. I love Don Orsillo and he is great, but he isn’t as good as Dave O’Brien. Sorry he isn’t. Also O’Brien and Dennis Eckersley are great together so…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 28th, 2018

MSJ has decided to cancel the rest of its 2018 football schedule. School officials cited that the roster size was no longer adequate to continue to play. MSJ has been one of the most successful football programs in the state. It has won 17 Division 1 state championships including 12 in the state championship game…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 27th, 2018

Chris Sale was so so in his final tune-up before the American League Division Series last night. I’m concerned, but the Red Sox claim that Sale was just working on his mechanics. I’m concerned about Sale’s velocity too, but Sale and the Sox say there is nothing wrong physically. I will say that if Sale…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 21st, 2018

Now I can relax for at least a couple of weeks. I knew the Sox would clinch sooner or later, but it’s nice to get it over with. I also didn’t care that they clinched at Yankee Stadium. Yankee Stadium just happened to be the venue. Here let me say it again: 1. It’s only…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 20th, 2018

I went 10-5 last week in the NFL and I now stand at 17-13. Here goes for week #3 Thursday September 20th Cleveland over NY Jets Sunday September 23rd Atlanta over New Orleans Baltimore over Denver Carolina over Cincinnati Houston over NY Giants Jacksonville over Tennessee Kansas City over San Francisco Oakland over Miami Minnesota…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 17th, 2018

Good News: The Red Sox take 2 out of 3 from the Mets and their magic # is now 2. Bad news: The Patriots lost to Jacksonville and they really stunk the joint out! It was really about the defense because it’s always about the defense. The offense wasn’t that great either and I thought…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 14th, 2018

The Red Sox have won four straight and are on the verge of clinching their third straight AL East title, but I’m sick to my stomach because the bullpen blew another late inning lead last night. I went 11-5 in my high school football picks last week and my record is now 20-11. Here goes…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 13th, 2018

I went 7-8 last week so I hope to be much better this week. Thursday September 13th Baltimore over Cincinnati Sunday September 16th Atlanta over Carolina LA Chargers over Buffalo Minnesota over Green Bay Houston over Tennessee New Orleans over Cleveland Miami over NY Jets Kansas City over Pittsburgh Philadelphia over Tamps Bay Washington over…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 7th, 2018

It’s week #2 in the high school football season. I went 9-6 last week: Friday September 7th Rutland over CVU in a game to be broadcast on Rock 94.5 FM St. Johnsbury over Essex in a game to be video cast on NSNsports.net Hartford over Middlebury Mill River over Springfield Burr and Burton over U32…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 6th, 2018

It’s week #1 in the NFL and here are my picks: Tonight: Philadelphia over Atlanta Sunday September 9th: Pittsburgh over Cleveland Indianapolis over Cincinnati Tennessee over Miami Minnesota over San Francisco NE Patriots over Houston New Orleans over Tampa Bay NY Giants over Jacksonville Baltimore over Buffalo LA Chargers over Kansas City Seattle over Denver…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary September 5th, 2018

One of the great things about covering sports in Vermont are the connections from one generation to another as well as the geographic connections from one end of the state to another. Another such connection is the story of CVU junior quarterback Ryan Anderson. Ryan wears #7, the same number his dad Aaron Anderson wore…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary August 31st, 2018

It’s here, the 2018 high school football season and the Northeast Sports Network, nsnsports.net will bring you hundreds of games including college sports too. Check out nsnsports.net for our schedule. Here is the way I see week #1: Friday August 31st Rutland over Brattleboro game That game will be video cast on nsnsports.net Fair Haven…Continue Reading

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

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