I made a promise to my fellow-supporters of the “coolest” team in soccer, Palermo, that should Palermo be relegated to Serie B I would be first in line to support them by buying a season ticket. Well, fatto! I can’t say I was the first in line today at the beautiful Stadio Barbera at the foot of the even more beautiful and breathtaking Monte Pellegrino, but close enough that in an era of broken promises I’m comfortable in saying I kept mine.
I would like to use this space to write about my experiences following the club during a year in Italian-soccer’s second-division. Palermo fans are used to being in Serie B and even lower, but I have to guess I am one of the few 100% Americans (no italian blood) to follow a second-division Italian club. Be aware that I predict my writings will be less soccer and more cultural, especially if I get to road games in places like Crotone and Ternana.
I may write a little or a lot, why be so formal, but I promise to write what I think you, the reader, will enjoy. Ok, enough promises. Next you’ll want me to promise that just by the sheer will of my fandom I can carry Palermo back into the top-flight division. Not even Joe Namath would promise that.
That’s all for now. I have my season-pass in hand and will be sitting in Curva Nord. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the most important part: Real Men follow teams who wear Pink Jerseys. So there. Forza Palermo, the team and the city!