Survival Sunday 2012 gave fans around the world another reason to love this thing they call sports.
At the Stadium of Light, Manchester United was about to begin another party. The Red Devils of United were putting the finishing touches on a 1-0 victory over Sunderland, a win that would cap off a remarkable season and give them their 20th English Premier League title.
At Etihad Stadium, Manchester City fans were simply in agony. Their beloved Blues simply needed a win over the Queens Park Rangers to clinch the Premier League title on Survival Sunday, but with stoppage time upon them they were down 2-1, and in need of something greater than a rally. They needed a miracle.
And a miracle is just what they got.
With the game in stoppage time, substitute Edin Zdeko scored the equalizer on a header off a corner kick. The goal sent Manchester City fans into a frenzy; they knew their squad would have one last desperate shot to finally step out of United's shadow and win its first Premier League title in 44 years.
Then, moments later, the fans at Etihad Stadium went into more than a frenzy, they entered absolute chaos as Sergio Aguero found the back of the net to give Manchester City the title and snatch it away from a Manchester United squad who thought for about 15 seconds that they had clinched the title.
It truly was remarkable, and like I said, it showed why fans across the world love sports.
You see, Survival Sunday is all about chaos. Without the English Premier League having any sort of a playoff system, this is it for all the teams involved. These final games decide who wins the title and who goes home with nothing.
They cause fans to frantically flip back and forth between games, desperately hoping for their team to come out on top. And of course, we occasionally see something similar to what happened Sunday—something where we just cannot quite believe and cannot quite sink in.
That is what made this Survival Sunday so memorable. The Manchester United fans going from thoughts of another championship to defeat in seconds, while, conversely, the Manchester City fans went from defeat to the realization that the title was finally coming back to them for the first time in 44 years.
This is why we love sports.
Manchester City fans waited 44 years for this and it looked like they would have to wait for at least one more, while their archrivals celebrated yet another. Then, with one kick of the ball from Aguero, the wait was over. United fans across the world were left stunned, while City fans across the world began a party nearly half a century in the making.
Sunday was just another reason why fans love sports. We watch and we wait year after year, hoping and praying that our team is next. That we will be the next fans storming the field and partying with others in the streets. Hoping that we will see and be a part of something just a fraction as memorable and unbelievable like the most recent edition Survival Sunday.
ESPN commentator Ian Darke, after he was done screaming that City had won the title, summed it up best by saying what was on everyone else's mind, "Who is writing this stuff!?!"
No matter who is writing it, I think I speak for all sports fans across the world when I say that I cannot wait to see how the next chapter unfolds.