CHICAGO — What number of would-be Cody Parkeys does it take to make a 43-yard box purpose?
Because it seems, so much.
Out of 101 entrants who got here and attempted their success on the identical kick that introduced the Chicago Bears’ season to an premature finish remaining Sunday, precisely 0 had been in a position to get the activity carried out — in stipulations that had been, neatly, sub-optimal: 30 levels and wind and snow.
“Within the snow? Yeah, it is means other, everybody’s slipping all over,” mentioned kicker Phil Cozzi of Elmhurst, Illinois. When knowledgeable that the lone Philadelphia Eagles fan contestant burnt up, “OK excellent,” Cozzi mentioned.
Goose Island Beer Co.’s Fulton Boulevard location put out the decision to enthusiasts the day after the Eagles-Bears sport — and the reaction to the #fieldgoalchallenge was once overwhelming.
“It become a lot larger than we ever concept it could,” mentioned Zac Connelly, a Goose Island worker who got here up with the idea that. “The remaining couple days had been loopy.”
So loopy that the brewery requested enthusiasts to forestall DM’ing shirtless movies of made box targets.
So loopy that Goose Island restricted the collection of entries to 100, that have been utterly stuffed 2½ hours earlier than the development. So loopy that Goose Island determined now not to restrict the collection of winners. No longer that that was once an issue Saturday.
In lieu of any prizes being gained (which might had been an all-expense paid go back and forth to any NFL sport subsequent season), the brewery is donating $20,000 to the charity of Parkey’s opting for — the Lurie Youngsters’s Sanatorium.
“I’d say that Chicago Bears enthusiasts had been short of remedy and we held a a hit consultation. There are a large number of smiles across the streets at the moment,” mentioned Todd Ahsmann, president of Goose Island Brewery. “It was once in point of fact cool to look Chicagoans simply being lighthearted about the entirety.”
“We can have had a month of melancholy if it wasn’t for this tournament.”
To make certain, one of the crucial devastating playoff losses in contemporary Chicago sports activities reminiscence was once nonetheless contemporary within the minds of the members — however frustration had shifted, within the minds of a few, to sympathy.
“It is his activity to make that kick; it is a actual bummer that he did not,” mentioned Zach Laszkiewicz, from Westchester, Illinois. “However I feel we let him figure out his kinks within the off season and produce him again for somewhat little bit of redemption subsequent yr. Possibly me and him get in combination.”
For excellent measure, Goose Island’s Connelly had the ultimate on Parkey: “The kick was once tipped.”