Healy edges Vanderjagt for swami title

Roger LaLonde Staff
Marco Eagle Swami Don Healy won his third swami title, edging Mike Vanderjagt by one point in their NFL predictions battle for this season.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Eagle Swami Don Healy won his third swami title, edging Mike Vanderjagt by one point in their NFL predictions battle for this season.

In a topsy-turvy NFL year, Don Healy eked out his second straight swami title by one point over Mike Vanderjagt.

Going into the final week the two were tied. Both did well on their season’s last selections, but Healy did better. He was 13-3, compared to Vanderjagt’s 12-4.

On the season their final marks were, Healy, 168-77, Vanderjagt, 167-78.

In the final week, rookie Greg West recorded an 11-5 mark, while Roger Raymond was 7-9. On the season, West was 159-86 and Raymond was 148-97.

For those who like percentages, our swamis did very well. For the season, Healy was right, 68.5 percent of the time. Vanderjagt, 68.1, West, 64.9 and Raymond, 60.4 percent.

It was the second year that Vanderjagt has been the best man to Healy, who won his third title.

In victory, the enlightened swami said, “Mike should have won and if I could give it to him I would.

Vanderjagt said he took a lot of heat from Denver fans when he didn’t pick the Broncos, not getting on QB Tom Tebow’s bandwagon.

“People were always messin’ with me for not taking Tebow when he was winning, but I stuck to what I knew and he proved me right,” Vanderjagt said.

West enjoyed the fan interest for the weekly column.

“It’s amazing how many people I run into around town that comments on my picks, especially, if I picked against their team,” he said. “I had a fun time my rookie year and look forward to being a swami again next year.”

Raymond, who had trouble getting out of the starting gate, was more resolved.

“I didn’t win again … I need some luck to get me back in the game next year,” he said. “Congratulations to Don and Mike for a close finish. Greg, awesome job in your first effort.”

Since running is more his sport, Raymond said, “Next year I think we should have a swami contest for the NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon and Disney.”

An Indianapolis-area native, Raymond stuck to his ties, but it cost him 11 points because the Colts weren’t much without quarterback Peyton Manning. In no surprise, Raymond said, “I like the Colts for next year.”

They all gave their opinions on who the finalists and ultimate Super Bowl champion will be.

As usual, Healy, the pragmatic man, said, “I would say that it comes down to the Packers, 49ers, Pats, Saints, Steelers, and Baltimore. I’ll add on anybody’s favorite team and tell you that the Giants are coming on like gang busters .... but until Green Bay loses they are still the champions and that doesn’t look likely to change.”

Vanderjagt has Baltimore playing Green Bay.

“I’ll go with Green Bay to win it all, 31-23,” he predicts.

West said, without a doubt, “My Super Bowl pick is Baltimore over Green Bay.

Raymond thinks “The New England Patriots will beat the Green Bay Packers. It could be very high scoring as neither team seems to play a lot of defense.”

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