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Jane McManus

Jane McManusJane McManus joined The Journal News in 1999, after working at The Daily News and Newsday. She covered the Jets for the Brett Favre season, and before that was a college beat writer and covered pro tennis. She plays roller derby as Lesley E. Visserate. She went to St. John's College in Annapolis, Md. and worked as a paralegal in Manhattan on cases involving the NBA and boxing, which is what sparked the whole sportswriting idea. That and watching the Knicks during the Patrick Ewing era. A trip to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism honed her high-school paper skills, and she is an adjunct there for the sports journalism class that raised her. She runs, plays basketball and chases her two girls, Jean and Charlotte.

E-mail Jane McManus at jmcmanus@lohud.com

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One last thing…


I didn’t want to have to write this on a day filled with actual Jets news, but this is the last post I’ll be writing for Jets Journal. I’ve decided to leave The Journal News and today is my last day. As a lot of you can probably tell, I have loved every minute covering […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 26th, 2009 | 746 Comments »

Sanchez to start


Jets coach Rex Ryan has spent weeks watching Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens, looking at his quarterbacks’ numbers and film, trying to judge character and potential. But in the end, he opted to go with his gut. This morning he called the two into a closed door meeting and told Sanchez the starting job belonged […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 26th, 2009 | 4 Comments »

Where it stands now


No, Rex Ryan is not ready to name a starting quarterback. When both potential starters get interceptions returned for touchdowns within minutes of taking the field in a preseason game in Baltimore, it’s hard to get too excited about either one. Both rookie Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens looked better as they went along later […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 25th, 2009 | 10 Comments »

Post Baltimore


The starters are out, all that’s left is the final score. Mark Sanchez got his start, and in under a minute had a pass intended for Tony Richardson intercepted by Haloti Ngata and run in for a touchdown. In less than a minute the Ravens had a 7-0 lead. But that wasn’t all. In the […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 24th, 2009 | 19 Comments »



Of course you can’t get too excited about preseason games, starters don’t play much and the final score doesn’t matter. But you just know Rex Ryan would love to get the better of his old team with the Jets play Baltimore tonight at 8. Most coaches would try to downplay the significance to lower expectations, […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 24th, 2009 | 10 Comments »

King Ugly


Last night, the final night of camp in Cortland, the Jets had the rookie show and the announced that James Ihedigbo was the winner of the King Ugly comptition. The winner gets a toilet plunger as a scepter and a Burger King crown. Good stuff, but the second and third place winners get cash. Defensive […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 21st, 2009 | 30 Comments »

NFL on Plax


There’s been a lot of talk about the wide on this blog, so I thought I’d include it. Pretty strong, and I think what has happened with Ellis, Plaxico and other NFL players who get in trouble show there won’t a free pass from the league. Here’s the NFL’s statement on former Giants wide receiver […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 20th, 2009 | 9 Comments »

Jets sign S Nate Ness


From the Jets: Ness (6-1, 190/Arizona/Gardena, CA) originally signed with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2009, before being waived on July 15. In 25 games (19 starts) during two seasons at the University of Arizona, Ness totaled 107 tackles, seven interceptions for 166 yards in returns and two fumble recoveries.

Posted by Jane McManus on August 19th, 2009 | 2 Comments »

Leavin’ on a Jet plane


Oh, Brett Favre. It is always dangerous to underestimate how much he dislikes training camp. The former (and briefly at that) Jets quarterback will play for Minnesota next year, which one might cynically think he’d hoped to do ever since leaving Green Bay during the last offseason. At least the Jets don’t have to give […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 19th, 2009 | 28 Comments »

Defense and job interviews


Here are some of the highlights from yesterday’s practice, the first after a loss to the Rams in the first preseason game of the season. Clearly, Jets coach Rex Ryan is starting to get tough on players. Then of course there are the issues with the defense. Let’s start with the nose. NT Kris Jenkins […]

Posted by Jane McManus on August 18th, 2009 | 6 Comments »

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Jane McManusJane McManus joined The Journal News in 1999, after working at The Daily News and Newsday. Since she's been here, she's covered everything from girls basketball to the Final Four, the U.S. Open of both golf and tennis and recreational sports from rock climbing to roller derby (which she liked so much she joined the team). READ MORE
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