The non-stop coverage of the "Cup Raise" commercial has compelled me to share my all-time favorite tear-jerker sports commercials.
I'm not ashamed to say that all of these have caused me to tear up and one time or another. That's right folks, don't be fooled by my bitchy demeanor (and don't ask me about that AT&T commercial featuring a run away, I STILL cry when I think about that one - but apparently it's too lame to even be on YouTube.)
#4: Nike's Red Sox 2004 World Series Commercial
#3: Cup Raise
#2: Nike "Move"
This is my all-time favorite commercial ever - but because I've only become misty eyed once watching it, it does not top this list.
#1: Visa's Derek Redmond Commercial
If this doesn't make you choke up, you are certifiably dead inside. Derek Redmond was favored to win the 400m in the 1992 Barcelona Games - 250 meters from the finish his hamstring snapped. As the stretcher was being brought out, he got up off the track and started to hobble on one leg towards the finish. His father, who was in the stands, fought his way through multiple security guards** on to the track and the two finished the race together. You can watch the full race here. Seriously, if you don't cry you fail at life.
**If someone's father had tried to storm the track in Beijing they would probably still be in some sort of Chinese prison camp... oh the 90's, those were the days.