Mango has fruitful time with the Soul

Mango
Mango
Posted: August 15, 2013

TUCKED DEEP in the basement of the Voorhees facility where the Soul practice is a little office where team equipment manager Brandon Mango works.

Like most things in Arena Football, it is not ostentatious. Prison cells have cots and a sink. This office does not.

Mango, a 21-year-old from nearby Pittman, is in his first season as the team's lead manager and recently he was cited by the AFL as the league's top equipment man. Trainer Lemar Mosley and his crew were named the league's top medical staff.

Mango has worked for the Camden Riversharks and the Dallas Cowboys. A former Soul season ticketholder, he was with his dad in New Orleans when Philadelphia won the 2008 ArenaBowl.

He was 16 and interested in getting involved. The lockout that caused the Soul to shut down in 2009-10 was actually the break Mango needed.

"The Soul had just come back and there was a spot online where you could ask the coach [Mike Hohensee] a question," Mango explained. "But I know it wasn't going right to the coach. I knew somebody was going to read it first, so I asked if there was any availability for an entry-level position or internship."

He worked his way up from there, while making special mention of former boss Ryan McGory (now at Iowa State) and assistants Tim Keenan, Sam Gangemi, Mike Shinefeld and Danny DiLullo.

"I guess with the league recognition," Mango said, "I guess we've done an OK job."

Dressing down

Pope Francis has been casual, ditching the red leather shoes during his first Sunday speech in St. Peter's Square, but he picked up some decent garb yesterday when fellow Argentine Lionel Messi and other soccer players visited.

An avid soccer fan, he added to his jersey collection with two more, an Argentine and an Italian team jersey, each one signed by the players.

Might be worth something on eBay.

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