CHICAGO — What number of would-be Cody Parkeys does it take to make a 43-yard area purpose?
Because it turns out, quite a bit.
Out of 101 entrants who got here and tried their luck on the similar kick that introduced the Chicago Bears’ season to an premature finish final Sunday, precisely zero had been in a position to get the job executed — in circumstances that had been, nicely, sub-optimal: 30 levels and wind and snow.
“Within the snow? Yeah, it is manner totally different, everybody’s slipping in all places,” stated kicker Phil Cozzi of Elmhurst, Illinois. When knowledgeable that the lone Philadelphia Eagles fan contestant wiped out, “OK good,” Cozzi stated.
Goose Island Beer Co.’s Fulton Avenue location put out the decision to followers the day after the Eagles-Bears recreation — and the response to the #fieldgoalchallenge was overwhelming.
“It turned a lot larger than we ever thought it might,” stated Zac Connelly, a Goose Island worker who got here up with the idea. “The final couple days have been loopy.”
So loopy that the brewery requested followers to cease DM’ing shirtless movies of made area objectives.
So loopy that Goose Island restricted the quantity of entries to 100, which had been utterly stuffed 2½ hours earlier than the occasion. So loopy that Goose Island determined not to restrict the quantity of winners. Not that that was an issue Saturday.
In lieu of any prizes being won (which might have been an all-expense paid journey to any NFL recreation subsequent season), the brewery is donating $20,000 to the charity of Parkey’s selecting — the Lurie Youngsters’s Hospital.
“I might say that Chicago Bears followers had been in want of remedy and we held a profitable session. There are quite a bit of smiles across the streets proper now,” stated Todd Ahsmann, president of Goose Island Brewery. “It was actually cool to see Chicagoans simply being lighthearted about every thing.”
“We might have had a month of melancholy if it wasn’t for this occasion.”
To make certain, one of probably the most devastating playoff losses in latest Chicago sports activities reminiscence was nonetheless recent within the minds of the contributors — however frustration had shifted, within the minds of some, to sympathy.
“It is his job to make that kick; it is an actual bummer that he did not,” stated Zach Laszkiewicz, from Westchester, Illinois. “However I believe we let him work out his kinks within the off season and produce him again for just a little bit of redemption subsequent 12 months. Possibly me and him get collectively.”
For good measure, Goose Island’s Connelly had the final phrase on Parkey: “The kick was tipped.”