CHICAGO — How many would-be Cody Parkeys can it require to make a 43-yard field objective?
As it happens, alot.
Or maybe not.
Out of 100 entrants who arrived tried their luck at the same kick that attracted the Chicago Bears‘ season to an undercover end last Sunday, simply zero were able to find the task done in conditions that werewell, sub-optimal. Thirty degrees and wind and snow.
“From the snow? Yeah, it’s a lot different, everyone else’s slipping all over the place,” said kicker Phil Cozzi of Elmhurst, Illinois. When advised that the lone Philadelphia Eagles fan contestant wiped out,”okay fine,” Cozzi explained.
Goose Island Brewery’s Fulton Street location put the call out fans the afternoon after the Eagles-Bears match — and also the answer to the #fieldgoalchallenge was overwhelming.
“It turned out much bigger than we thought it would,” stated Zach Connelly, a Goose Island employee who created the notion. “The past couple days are crazy.”
Therefore crazy that the brewery asked fans to prevent DM’ing shirtless videos of made field goals.
Therefore crazy that Goose Island limited the amount of entries to 100, which were completely packed 2½ hours before the occasion. Therefore crazy that Goose Island decided maybe not to limit the range of winners. Not that that was a challenge Saturday.
In lieu of any prizes being won (which would happen to be an all-expense paid trip to any NFL match next season), the brewery is donating $20,000 to the charity of Parkey’s choosing — the Lurie Children’s Hospital.
“I’d mention that Chicago Bears fans were in need of therapy and we held a successful session. There are a great deal of smiles around the roads at the moment,” explained Todd Ahsmann, president of Goose Island Brewery. “It was extremely cool to see Chicagoans just being lighthearted about every thing .”
“We’ve had monthly of depression in case it was not for this occasion .”
To make certain, one of the very catastrophic playoff losses in recent Chicago sports memory was fresh in the minds of these participants — but frustration had altered, within the minds of some, to empathy.
“It is his job to create that kick, it’s a real bummer that he did not,” stated Zach Laszkiewicz, from Westchester, Illinois. “However, I guess we let him work his out kinks at the offseason and bring him back to get a little bit of salvation next calendar year. Maybe him and me gather .”
For good thing, Goose Island’s Connelly was the last sentence on Parkey:”The kick was tipped.”