But as he watched the University of Notre Dame sink in the quicksand at Sun Life Stadium — trapped without a score late in the game while its defensive line handed 35 straight points to Alabama — Mangan conceded he would have to sport crimson gear at the company's Mountainside headquarters the next day.
"I'm wearing one of the ugliest reds I have ever seen in my life," said Mangan, who was sent an Alabama hat and jacket from the organization's New Brunswick hospital this morning, courtesy of Mansue. "It just amplifies the disappointment."
Though Mansue, president and CEO of Children's Specialized, formerly refused to place bets on her team, she agreed to the terms of Mangan's wager — that whoever lost would wear the winning team's apparel today. She even kicked off the competition by allowing staff to dress in their preferred team's attire on Monday, which also happened to be the first day of orientation for new employees.
"I was the first person our orientees saw on their first day, and I walked in wearing a fancy skirt — which was the right bottom half — but I wore my Alabama T-shirt on my top half," Mansue said. "One of our goals is to have fun, so this was my way of demonstrating fun for them, but now they just think I'm nuts."
Christopher Paladino, president of New Brunswick Development Corp. and a "religiously converted" Notre Dame fan who attended last night's showdown in South Beach, Fla., said he typically exchanges regular banter with Mansue via e-mail, phone and text message anytime the Fighting Irish or the Crimson Tide play a game, but he noted "we almost purposely haven't talked about this matchup in the last month."