„There is no paucity of religious metaphor invoked to offer commentary on the social context and psychological impact of football. It is also well accepted that football can stimulate a range of emotional reactions from goose bumps to tears or rapture.“ — Aaron Smith [1]

Indeed there are many reports of feeling moved and connected in sports. Here is just one:
„A UCLA gymnast performed an amazing dismount that no one had ever done before; her teammates mobbed her, hugging and telling her how wonderful she was. They all felt so close and you could see how they totally supported each other. She was moved, her teammates were moved, all the fans were moved.“ — UCLA undergraduate student [2]


[1]: ‘Just Think It’: The Neural and Spiritual Correlates of Football Consumption. (Book, 2006)
[2]: Kama Muta: Discovering the Connecting Emotion (Book, 2019)