Category Archives: Jack’s Commentary

Jack Healey Commentary April 25th, 2019

I’m going with the Bruins over Columbus in 6 and Milwaukee over the Celtics in 6 in their respective Eastern conference semi-final series. I got to say that Tukka Rask was pretty good in the series against Toronto especially in game 7. Maybe it isn’t fair, but it’s only one round. He has to do…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 22nd, 2019

The Celtics with a 4 game sweep, but it wasn’t that easy as each individual game was a battle. The Bruins and Toronto go to a game 7 tomorrow night. What home ice advantage? Both the Bruins and Toronto have won twice on the road. That being said you really want to have a game…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 17th, 2019

Who would’ve thought that the Tampa bay Lightning would lose in the first round of the playoffs, let alone being swept? Columbus made short work of the Lightning and the Islanders beat the Penguins in 4 straight. That one isn’t as much of a surprise and the Islanders were the higher seed, but still these…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 15th, 2019

Tiger wins the Masters! That is one of the greatest sports stories ever! Who would’ve thought that Tiger would somehow win another Masters,14 years after his last one and 11 years since his last major? Jim McKay used to say before ABC’s Wide World of Sports “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat…The…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 10th, 2019

Ok now it’s time to turn the page. The opening day ceremony at Fenway was pretty good even though you can put me down for being one of those fans who thought it was a little strange that the players got their rings without being introduced. I actually find it refreshing that any references I…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 8th, 2019

I’m going with Texas Tech over Virginia in the NCAA national championship men’s basketball game tonight. Tough one! Who has the momentum? They both won in the semi’s. If you believe in momentum from game to game…..this one should end in a tie! I wonder how many fans noticed there was a no call on…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 5th, 2019

Yes the Red Sox are off to a 2-6 start and yes the games in April mean the same as the games in October. The difference is that when you play lousy in April you have more time to recover than you do when you play lousy in October. I have seen columns where the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary April 2nd, 2019

Recently I interviewed former Burlington High School star athlete Jeff Hughes who went on to play college football at the University of Nebraska and played on two national championship teams. He will be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame on April 13th. As it turns out there is a connection between Hughes and…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 29th, 2019

Joe Bellino who won the Heisman Trophy at the US Naval Academy died yesterday at the age of 81. Bellino, a native of Winchester, Massachusetts won the Heisman Trophy in 1960 in a season where he rushed for 834 yards and 15 touchdowns along with 3 touchdown catches. Bellino spent 3 years with the Boston…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 28th, 2019

The Major League baseball season gets underway today. For what it’s worth here are my predictions: National League: West: 1. LA Dodgers 2. Colorado 3. San Diego 4. Arizona 5. San Francisco Central: 1. Milwaukee 2. Cubs 3. St. Louis 4. Pittsburgh 5. Cincinnati East: 1. Philadelphia 2. Washington 3. Atlanta 4. Mets 5. Miami…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 25th,2019

The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association had its final day of high school basketball this past Saturday at Windsor High School. Rutland High’s Jamison Evans was named the Boys Player of the Year and St. Johnsbury’s Sadie Stetson was the Girls Player of the Year for the 2nd straight year. The NCAA mens basketball tournament is…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 21st, 2019

How are your brackets doing? Man I hate that expression, but right now everybody’s bracket is perfect. For what it’s worth my “Final Four” is Tennessee, Duke, Michigan and Kentucky with Tennessee over Michigan in the championship. I’m really just guessing. Whether you’re an expert or not, all this bracket stuff is pure luck. Yes…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 19th, 2019

It was a terrific boys and girls basketball season and a terrific girls and boys hockey season as well. We still have the All-Star Senior basketball games coming up at Windsor High School and the Rotary Hockey Classic at Essex on Saturday. The four basketball All Star games at Windsor High School will be video…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 13th, 2019

Giant fans can’t be too happy about losing Odell Beckam,Jr.? Jets fans have to be happy about signing Le’Veon Bell. He did sit out a year which isn’t always a good thing. I know this is called the “legal tampering” period, but it’s funny that the Patriots are the only team that hasn’t done anything…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 11th, 2019

Congratulations to the state champions in girls basketball:St. Johnsbury, Fair Haven, Thetford and West Rutland! How about St. Jay winning in Division 1? I don’t recall anybody predicting that one. Listen up people: The D2, D3 and D4 girls and boys basketball final 4 and championship games are played at the Barre Auditorium. The D1…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 7th,2019

The girls basketball state championship games are coming up this weekend and the boys basketball playoffs head to the quarterfinals. Divisions 1 and 2 are intriguing in boys basketball as any of a number of teams can win it. I’ve never understood why anybody would rather play in a first round game than have a…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary March 1st, 2019

So Bob Kraft pleaded not guilty. It looks like he’s going to get all lawyered up and prolong this thing. I think Kraft should apologize and say he made a stupid mistake and take the punishment, but of course they never do! No doubt Bryce Harper is a great player and he will probably hit…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 25th, 2018

All we know right now is that Bob Kraft solicited a prostitute. A stupid thing for him to do, certainly embarrassing and if I ever have a chance to talk to him I would ask..”What the hell were you thinking?” Right now it is a misdemeanor, not a felony and even though I’m sure the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 18th,2019

It’s hard to believe that Rutland High School has had just one girl to score 1000 career points and it was Elise Magro who accomplished the feat just last week. The MSJ girls basketball program only had one 1000 point scorer for several years as Kim levins accomplished the feat in 1987, but Now MSJ…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 11th, 2019

Geez! Let it go people! Julian Edelman was popped for PED’s so therefore he shouldn’t have been playing in the Super Bowl, let alone MVP. I’m still hearing it from the idiots on Fox Sports Radio. I listened for about two minutes on Friday night and that’s all they were talking about. It was almost…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 6th, 2019

Nick Cafardo’s baseball column in the Boston Globe on Super Sunday started off ironically enough about the difference between PED’s in the NFL and PED’s in baseball. Carfardo writes: ” Serving a suspension or being linked to it in baseball seems like a major crime among some fans. In football? No biggie. That was borne…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 5th, 2019

I am surprised that the Patriots got to the Super Bowl let alone win it. My thoughts right up until the end of the season. I am shocked that the score was 13-3. Once they did get to the Super Bowl in this game I thought the Patriots would win 31-24. Most of the predictions…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary February 1st, 2019

My record going into the Super Bowl is 160-90 and I’m going with the Patriots over the LA Rams 31-24. There was a time when I couldn’t get enough of the pre-game hype, but now I really stay away from it as much as I can. After awhile it just over-analysis as far as I’m…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 28th,2019

I didn’t watch any of the NHL competition because I was busy. I wasn’t busy yesterday except that I did watch “Godfather I”. Anyway I watched the Pro Bowl for about five minutes. That’s five minutes of my life I’ll never get back. What a joke! It is a complete joke! What is even more…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 25th,2018

Some random thoughts; Have you ever wondered what happened to the Vermont Athlete of the Month program? Back in the 70’s and 80’s the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, now called the Vermont Sports Media Association, had a wonderful program when the Athletes of the Month would be honored with a banquet in Montpelier and…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 23rd, 2019

The 2019 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame is a good one. At least the four new inductees announced yesterday. The four new inductees are Mariano Rivera,Edgar Martinez,Mike Mussina and Roy Halladay. All of them deserve to be there and of course they will join Lee Smith and Harold Baines who were elected by…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 22nd, 2019

Yes the officiating was terrible and every team that played in the Conference championship games was victimized, not just the teams that lost so pump the brakes a little bit. The officiating doesn’t take away from the two games as they were both classics! Remember a couple of years ago when the regular officials were…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 18th, 2019

My NFL record is 160-88. This Sunday I’m going with the two home teams: New Orleans over the LA Rams and Kansas City over the Patriots. I believe home field does make a difference in the NFL especially in the Conference championship games. I don’t see anything wrong with the Patriots playing the underdog card.…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 16th, 2019

I went 4-0 in the NFL divisional round last week after going 0-4 the week before so my overall record is 160-88. I think the Patriots will have their hands full at Kansas City on Sunday and I guess that the last second loss to Miami ended up being big after all because it’s the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 11th, 2019

It’s the divisional round in the NFL with two games tomorrow and two games coming up on Sunday. After going 0-4 last week my record is now 156-88. Here goes: On Saturday Kansas City over Indianapolis LA Rams over Dallas On Sunday NE Patriots over LA Chargers New Orleans over Philadelphia Rutland native Jenny Everett…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 10th, 2019

There are 13 new members to the Vermont Sports Hall Of Fame. This is the 7th class of the Hall and again I have to say that the voters were right on. This is a diversified group. There is a field hockey player, a moguls skier, an alpine skier, a nordic skier and a snowboarder…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 8th, 2018

I went 0-4 during the NFL wildcard weekend and my record falls to 156-88. What does 0-4 mean? Nothing except it proves that I’m not a psychic. It’s all pure luck anyway. I went with Chicago to beat Philly and if Cody Parkey hits the field goal I’m at least 1-3. I don’t think that…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 4th, 2018

I went 12-4 in the final regular season weekend of the NFL and now stand at 143-81. It’s the wilcard weekend coming up and tomorrow I’m going with Houston over Indianapolis and Seattle over Dallas. On Sunday I’m going with Baltimore over the LA Chargers and Chicago over Philadelphia. I went a mediocre 19-20 through…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary January 3rd, 2019

Pittsford native Lucas Bombardier has signed a professional contract with the Greenville, South Carolina Swamp Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey League. Lucas had been playing pro hockey with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Lucas played college hockey and lacrosse at Trine University in Angola, Indiana. He played hockey under…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 31st, 2018

It will be Clemson against Alabama in the National Championship game on January 7th and with all the talk of how many teams should be in the playoffs, the best two teams in the country will be playing for the title so what’s the problem? The two semi-final games came out the way I thought…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 28th, 2018

I went 13-3 in the football picks and now stand at 131-77. Here goes in the finall weekend of the regular season. Buffalo over Miami Green Bay over Detroit NE Patriots over NY Jets New Orleans over Carolina NY Giants over Dallas Atlanta over Tampa Bay Houston over Jacksonville LA Chargers over Denver Kansas City…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 27th, 2018

This list is geared for the most part to the Rutland area so keep that in mind. Taking a look back at the top local sports stories of 2018: I have the Rutland boys basketball Division 1 state championship as the #1 sports story for the 2nd straight year. 1. Last year it was Rutland…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 26th, 2018

I went 13-3 in NFL week #16 and I now stand at 144-80 on the year. Through college football bowl games on December 22nd I stand at 8-7. Here are my picks through December 29th: Wednesday December 26th Boise State over Boston College in the First Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl in Dallas Georgia Tech…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 21st, 2018

At first I was going to write that Josh Gordon is sick or stupid or both. I don’t know all the details, but it looks to me that he is an addict whatever the substance might be and he certainly needs help. It isn’t funny! He needs help and I’m sure he’s getting it if…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 19th, 2018

I wasn’t at the Rutland at Rice boys basketball game on Monday night, but judging by the pictures in the Burlington Free Press the game was nowhere near a packed house. That surprises me. The game a week ago between Rutland and Mt. Mansfield at Rutland a game that I was at and was a…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 18th, 2018

In boys basketball last night, Rice defeated Rutland 56-47 as the Raiders had their 43 game winning streak snapped. Quite a run for the two time defending Division 1 state champs as they lost for the first time since December of 2016. It’s funny and nobody said anything but I get the feeling that there…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 14th,2018

Five College football bowl games coming up tomorrow. I’m going with Lousiana-Lafayette over Tulane in the Autonation Cure Bowl Utah State over North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl Fresno State over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl Georgia Southern over Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl Appalachian State over Middle Tennessee in the…Continue Reading

Jack Healey Commentary December 13th, 2018

NFL week #15. I stand at 123-68 after an 8-8 week last week. Thursday December 13th Kansas City over LA Chargers Saturday December 15th Houston over the NY Jets Denver over Cleveland Sunday December 16th Atlanta over Arizona Buffalo over Detroit Chicago over Green Bay Oakland over Cincinnati Dallas over Indianapolis Minnesota over Miami NY…Continue Reading

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

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