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Monday, December 29, 2008
Futures of Mangini and Favre in black and white


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

NEW YORK -- One of the great joys of being in Manhattan the morning after a major local sports event is grabbing a coffee and taking a walk to the nearest newsstand to see how the story is being played in the papers.

Before sunrise, I headed out to gather the early editions and see what they had to after the New York Jets' maddening season came to an end.

Here's a roundup of the headlines and stories from Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The New York Post delivered a double-whammy. On the front, photos of head coach Eric Mangini and Brett Favre flanked the headline "Dump 'em: Losers Mangini, Favre must go." On the back page was a shot from behind of Favre, sitting on the turf, above the headline "Phinished!"

The New York Daily News called them "Gag Green" above a photo of Favre on his back. The second headline reads "Woody fumes as Jets choke away season; Favre, Mangini could be goners."

Newsday was disappointingly less emphatic, choosing to ask questions. On its front page was "Jets Out -- Is Favre Next?" On the back page was "Jets departures?"

The broadsheet New York Times only teased the Jets on the front page, but on the sports section ran a half-page photo of Favre getting hit by Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell under this headline: "The Bitter End."