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A Premier League Season Finale That We Will Never Forget

sergio aguero2 A Premier League Season Finale That We Will Never Forget

It’s hard for me to put into words what I witnessed on Sunday in the Premier League without sounding like a child trying to describe my first ever trip to Disney World. I’m usually against throwing out the usual clichés of “Greatest game ever” especially so soon after it just happened. Emotions are still high and it is tough to think clearly and really put into perspective what we just watched. I’m not going to proclaim this the “Greatest Game Ever” just yet. Let’s give it a while to marinate and see how it does stack up against some of the best games of all time. But what I can say is that for one moment, millions upon millions of people across the world all had the same reaction when Sergio Aguero scored that title winning goal. Whether you were shouting it at the top of your lungs or muttering it in absolute disbelief, there was some form of “Oh My God” that was being expressed at the end of that match. Those are the moments that sports fans live for and those are the moments that make sports of any kind so great. On Sunday it didn’t matter if you were a fan of any of the teams involved, or if you were even a fan of soccer. As long as you were a fan of sports and drama, you had just witnessed one of the greatest moments in sporting history.

The goal itself is something that everybody who has participated in any sport dreams of doing, scoring a game winner as time expires to win the title. Anyone who has played a sport has run that same exact scenario through their head at some point in their lives. Whether you’re playing basketball by yourself in your driveway, taking batting practice in baseball, playing a pick up football game (American or World football) or whatever sport it is that you played or are currently playing. In that one moment we could all identify with Kun Aguero and were living vicariously through him. I’m sure there are a few United fans out there who would disagree with that statement since it was their team who was ultimately on the losing end, but even the most hardened United fan has to have some deal of respect for the way that game ended. Even though it hurt that United lost the title, you still have to appreciate the fact that it happened in the most dramatic fashion, something that is rarely ever seen when it comes to deciding the title on the final day. You can throw out all the arguments you want about how City “bought” the title (another article for another day), but unless you’re the most irrational super fan that the world has ever seen, you have to pay respect when it’s due. It was one of those moments where you sit back and just marvel at how it all came together. Man United fans can take solace in the fact that it took an incredible piece of magic for City to win the title this year.

For those of us in the United States, one of the other factors that helped in the build-up to this incredible final day of the season was the superb job done by FOX and ESPN in their coverage of the final games. Granted there wasn’t as much drama in the other games, but there was still plenty to take in from the final day. Notably, the main factor that played into the drama of the final day was the availability of all the games on different platforms. Personally I was watching three games at once, flipping between the Man United and Arsenal games on my big screen, watching Newcastle on my laptop and watching the Manchester City game on my phone. It’s that ability to flip between multiple games and finding the most exciting ones that adds to the entire experience. Anyone who has watched the first and second rounds of the NCAA Basketball tournament here in America would probably agree that it had that feel and excitement to it. The ability to choose the games you want to watch adds a whole new dimension to your viewing experience. But ultimately with all the choices that were available to you, once the games got to the 80th minute, you would have to be mental not to give a flip over to the City game to see if they could pull the title back from United. Overall the coverage of the entire day was spectacular from my perspective, from the in-game updates to the ability to watch whatever game you want. It was something to behold.

Overall, Survival Sunday (or whatever you want to call it) was a smashing success for everyone involved. Watching the title change hands several times throughout the day, watching QPR and Bolton fight between who would be relegated and who would stay up, it’s that kind of drama that makes sports great. But that kind of drama can be found in any sport. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, cricket — heck even Curling has drama involved in it. If you’re a fan of sport and you take the time, you can find the drama involved in whatever event you’re watching. I know many people who aren’t the biggest fans of soccer who came away from Sunday saying “Wow that was absolutely incredible.” Maybe I’m a bit on the strange side, but I do believe that if you give any sport a chance, you can be wowed by what you’re watching. After what happened on Sunday, I guarantee there are a few new fans of soccer are out there. So whether you had a dog in the fight or were just watching as a neutral, there was no way you couldn’t appreciate what you were watching.

If there was one thing I could tell United fans it’s this, I know it stings now that you lost, but be glad that you were a part of one of the defining moments in Premier League history. So rather than belittle what City achieved by yelling about history or bringing up Wayne Rooney’s dubious “Goal of the 20 seasons” award, how about just appreciating the moment in its entirety? I know that sounds like a condescending statement and maybe one day I’ll have to take my own advice. But all the complaining and downplaying is not a good look when you actually take in what you were a part of. You’re going to be back in the hunt next year and hey, who knows, maybe it will be you who has that next “Wow” moment. That’s the glory of sport.

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11 Responses to A Premier League Season Finale That We Will Never Forget

  1. Robbie says:

    I am an City and agree its not the best match of all time but its up there with best ending of all time.

    Parts of the game werent great, the whole first half of course.

  2. Sean says:

    Great read. As a neutral, the drama and twists and turns put it up there with any of the greatest games I’ve ever seen (in any sport). Congrats to City.

  3. tonys says:

    As a united fan, i quite liked the game. It gave me hope up until the last minute. To see a 10 man QPR go up on City was priceless. In the end Joey Barton undid everything they worked for.

  4. Nonsense says:

    QPR stopped playing the defence they had throughout the game once they found out they weren’t going to drop…and how convient for City (with the delay) came right around extra time where they scored two goals.

  5. Cody says:

    I don’t know about best game ever, as I can’t speak for anything before the early 90s, but this ranks right up there with ManU v. Bayern 99.

  6. Schmidty says:

    As a united fan, I can tell you that when Aguero scored that goal right at the death, I muttered “No,no,no.” And then started weeping uncontrollably.City were def the better team throughout the season, though, as hard as that is for me to say.

  7. Cody says:

    Around the 85′ mark I switched over to the ManU game to watch the celebration begin. Then word came through that city had tied the game. I quickly switched back to city qpr, but right as i did that a dish or something fell in the kitchen. I ran in there to see what it was, but never found what had fallen. As i came back into the living room, aguero was scoring his goal on tv…..I was speechless. Still don’t know what fell in the kitchen.

  8. Alex Wolcott says:

    I never thought I would see something more thrilling (to me at least) than Dickov’s extra time equaliser against Gillingham. But that didn’t nearly make me black out, as the events of extra time this Sunday almost did.

    So I’m not objective in any way here, of course. But even if it had been Arsenal, or Chelsea, or any other team doing this (oh hell, even United) I think I would have been happy for the sport in general to see such drama to close out such a great season.

    It is the best game in the world. To play, to watch, to follow along with. And I hope that some of the folks (i.e. in the US) who don’t “get” that might have had the opportunity to watch or hear about this.

  9. hoosiergunner says:

    As exciting as the game itself was, I think it should be noted how exciting the entire season was… twists, turns, teams rising to greatness, teams crashing and burning (and this drama happened to nearly every team sometime during the season)… I believe I heard several commentators say you couldn’t script a better “sports movie,” and I would agree. This will be one to remember during more mundane campaigns.

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