Chat with Jane McManus
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPNNewYork.com writer Jane McManus stops by to chat.
McManus has covered sports in the New York area since 1998, and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has also appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News, The Cincinnati Enquirer and The New York Times. She joined ESPNNewYork.com in 2010.
Send your questions now and join McManus Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Jane McManus (1:59 PM)
Thanks for joining me today, I'm ready to take on your Super Bowl XLXLVVIMCC questions, and take a stab at anything else.
IRA (Staten Island)
Jane,I think this is great for NYC/NJ. Its going to bring a lot of revenue to the area and i truely believe it will start a trend of playing Super Bowls in cities that are big enough to handle an event like this regardless of the weather conditions. Chi,Den,and Wash should all be considered for the future and NYC/NJ will host more than one. Football was meant to be played in the elements and its about time they did this.
Jane McManus (2:03 PM)
Glad to see you at the front of the line Ira!The Jets and Giants say that a NY/NJ Super Bowl could bring the region $550M in revenue, but I suspect those numbers are so inflated. NY already gets so many visitors for so many other events, think of the conventions and the U.S. Open and a million other things.That said, I agree with you that it should be in NY. I would've liked to see the Olympics here too. World Cup in 1994 was terrific. This is a huge city, able to absorb events on the scale of the Super Bowl.
Chioke Hassan (Baltimore,Md)
Dear JaneCould you see the NCAA Tournement in New York?
Jane McManus (2:04 PM)
The regional rounds have already been held in New Jersey, but I can't remember the tournament finals here. I don't see why not, and basketball is an indoor sport!
oscarfactor (kansas city)
so if you were a betting lady, how long before a cold-weather burg like KC gets a SB?
Jane McManus (2:06 PM)
I don't really bet, but I think the owners will take a wait and see approach with this. NY/NJ didn't get the Super Bowl until the last round of voting, which goes to a simple majority.If it took that for the Meadowlands, I imagine there isn't a lot of enthusiasm for making this an annual thing. No matter how many seat warmers they throw in.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What do you think of Super Bowl XLVIII being played at Meadowlands Stadium?
Jane McManus (2:11 PM)
I think it should be cold, but that's not a reason not to play it here. I like the chaotic element the weather throws in there, and I like to have big events come to New York City and the region. Yes, traffic will stink, but it stinks in New York every Sunday anyway with people trying to get back in the city.
IRA (Staten Island)
Jane, On paper i really like the Jets roster except for the kicking situation and if Greene can stay healthy for 16 plus games. I am not concerned about LG becuase of Callahan and Brick and Mangold on both sides for VLad or Slauson. If those questions are are taken care of i see them as a 11-5 team or maybe with a few breaks 12-4 and back to the AFC Championship Game against the Chargers. What are your thoughts on that?
Jane McManus (2:17 PM)
The kicking situation is troubling. I will say that Slauson isn't looking to finish second place there. I think your projection is good, it's what I got when I went game by game. I think you have a few potential problems in Sanchez' health and the possibility of Holmes not staying in line, but we will see.
Kyle (New York)
What did Rex Ryan have to say today at the news conference?
Jane McManus (2:19 PM)
He was pretty funny, said he was in the office at Florham Park as the vote came down and was surprised that it went four rounds. But that seems to be the reaction of everyone in New York and New Jersey.I mean, they were up against Tampa, which touted the local attractions including alligator wrestling. New York may have Ellis Island, the Met, the best museums and theater in the world, but hey, tampa has gators!
IRA (Staten Island)
Jane, The new train system they have now leaves you at the step outside the stadium. Since many of the people attending the game will be staying in NYC and even NJ they could and should use the train. I really see no problems when it comes down to the traffic.
Jane McManus (2:23 PM)
Mark Lamping, the Meadowlands CEO, said the bid committee wasn't at all worried about traffic and weather, but on financing the $40 million that needs to be raised to offset the expenses for the game. The hosts are responsible for all of it.
Luis (Jersey City)
When Santonio Holmes said he didn't want Super Bowls in cold-weather locations, I felt like he was just saying what most players were thinking. Your thoughts?
Jane McManus (2:27 PM)
I think it's more what he was thinking, and maybe people who grew up in the same part of the country. He's from Palm Beach County, Florida, and I would imagine that he didn't grow up practicing or playing in the cold. If you didn't, I imagine cold weather games aren't your favorite. Dustin Keller, who grew up in Indiana, talks about how he likes having the weather play into it.
Roth IRA (Staten Island)
How concerned are the Jets with character issues for several of their new acquisitions?
Jane McManus (2:30 PM)
I don't think they were overly worried or they wouldn't have brought them in. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if the whole iPod thing didn't open their eyes to how distracting those issues can be to a team.And it was a case where Santonio Holmes complied to turn off his iPod. Imagine if he actually does something, it will be a huge deal given his history.
Moving forward, will this be billed as a New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, or just a New York event?
Jane McManus (2:31 PM)
I don't know if you can tell, but I've been trying to give NJ equal billing.That said, a lot of the parties and hotels will be in NY, and I predict this will be referred to as New York's Super Bowl. Even the bid committee's video showed montages of Times Square, the cabs, Rockefeller Center... Sorry Jersey!
Why didn't they just dome the New Meadowlands when it was built? Was that just too expensive, considering the economic times?
Jane McManus (2:34 PM)
Yes, it was a matter of money. The West Side Stadium would've had a retractable roof. Since the Meadowlands bid was Woody Johnson's brainchild, I'd wager he first envisioned the Super Bowl there.
Hey Jane, i really like the idea of the new york Superbowl. Whats an outdoor game with out a little weather? oh wait that right it turns into to baseball. Let them play in new york and other cold cities maybe just dont make to much of a habit of it.
Jane McManus (2:36 PM)
I like the analogy. Does football want to be the kind of sport where you call it for a little rain? Whoever is leading at the end of the third quarter wins? C'mon, that's not football.
It's been awhile since I heard any rumors about Adalius Thomas coming to the Jets. Is it safe to say it just won't happen?
Jane McManus (2:38 PM)
Good point. I would never say never this offseason, with so many acquisitions. Since OTAs have already started, the Jets might be waiting to see if they are comfortable with the current roster before bringing in another veteran.
Jane McManus (2:40 PM)
Thanks for all the terrific questions today. Ohm will be up in a few!