CHICAGO — How many would-be Cody Parkeys does it take to obtain a forty three-yard enviornment aim?
Because it turns out, a lot.
Out of one zero one entrants who came and tried their success on the same kick that introduced the Chicago Bears‘ season to an untimely end final Sunday, precisely zero had been in a neighborhood to obtain the job done — in prerequisites that had been, neatly, suboptimal: 30 levels and wind and snow.
“In the snow? Yeah, it’s formula varied, every person’s slipping in all places,” said kicker Phil Cozzi of Elmhurst, Illinois. When urged that the lone Philadelphia Eagles fan contestant worn out, Cozzi said, “OK precise.”
Goose Island Beer Co.’s Fulton Avenue space build out the name to followers the day after the Eagles-Bears recreation — and the response to the #fieldgoalchallenge used to be overwhelming.
“It grew to became unprecedented bigger than we ever belief it would possibly perchance,” said Zac Connelly, a Goose Island employee who came up with the idea that. “The final couple days had been loopy.”
So loopy that the brewery asked followers to end DM’ing shirtless movies of made enviornment targets.
So loopy that Goose Island restricted the volume of entries to 100, which had been fully filled 2½ hours forward of the tournament. So loopy that Goose Island made up our minds now not to restrict the volume of winners — now not that that used to be a enviornment Saturday.
In lieu of any prizes being won (which would possibly had been an all-expense paid time out to any NFL recreation subsequent season), the brewery is donating $20,000 to the charity of Parkey’s picking — the Lurie Kid’s Sanatorium.
“I would say that Chicago Bears followers had been in need of treatment and we held an excellent session. There are a quantity of smiles round the streets though-provoking now,” said Todd Ahsmann, president of Goose Island Brewery. “It used to be in truth wintry to peep Chicagoans lawful being lighthearted about every part.”
“We are able to also like had a month of depression if it wasn’t for this tournament.”
To verify, one in every of potentially the most devastating playoff losses in fresh Chicago sports memory used to be composed unusual within the minds of the participants — nonetheless frustration had shifted, within the minds of some, to sympathy.
“It be his job to obtain that kick; it’s miles a precise bummer that he didn’t,” said Zach Laszkiewicz, from Westchester, Illinois. “However I ponder we let him figure out his kinks within the off season and produce him serve for pretty little bit of redemption subsequent year. Per chance me and him celebration.”
For precise measure, Goose Island’s Connelly had the final observe on Parkey: “The kick used to be tipped.”