We grew up following the Philadelphia Phillies, so in spite of their World Series win in 1980 and the glory years of the aughts, we still have a strongly cynical native-born sense that doom is just around the corner, that the Phils will lose somehow, that they will screw up at the least opportune moment.
Now, many years later, that sense of doom has expanded from the Phils - whom we follow online from afar - to include the local soccer club, Kyoto Sanga.
For a city of 1.5 million people that has just one big-time pro sports franchise, is blessed with major industry with deep pockets (Nintendo, Kyocera, Wacoal, Murata, Omron, Rohm, Nidec, KBS, Sagawa Express, and Shimadzu are all based in Kyoto), and a loyal and expanding fan base, Kyoto Sanga sucks!
Apologies but that is how a true Philadelphian would sum it up, and alas it is true.
How is that Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kobe, Sendai, and Sapporo - all cities about the same size as Kyoto - can support multiple sports teams at the top level with fewer major corporations?
Now in ninth place in the J2 table after six matches, things don't look good. But they never do.
We will keep you, the faithful, the suffering, the disappointed, updated throughout the season as Sanga attempts to gain promotion to the first division of the J.League.
Cycling is a flat 20 minutes from central Kyoto and parking is free.
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