CHICAGO – How many aspirants Cody Parkeys want to do a field goal of 43 yards?
Apparently, a lot
Of the 101 participants who arrived and tried their luck with the same football that brought the Chicago Bears season to a premature last Sunday, exactly zero were able to complete the job – in conditions that were, well, not optimal: 30 degrees and wind and snow.
"In the snow, yes, it's different, everybody's slipping all over," said kicker Phil Cozzi from Elmhurst, Illinois. Once informed that the Philadelphia Eagles' lonely fighter wiped out, Cozzi said, "OK fine."
The Goose Island Beer Co.'s Fulton Street position put out the call to fans the day after the Eagles-Bears game – and the response to #fieldgoalchallenge was overwhelming.
"It has become much bigger than we ever thought," said Zac Connelly, an employee from Goose Island who came up with the concept. "The last two days have been crazy."
So crazy that the brewery has asked fans to stop looking at the shirtless videos of the field goals.
So crazy that Goose Island has limited the number of entries to 100, which were completely filled 2 and a half hours before the event. So crazy that Goose Island decided not to limit the number of winners – not that that was a problem on Saturday
instead of winning any prize (which would have been a paid trip entirely) to any NFL game of the next season), the brewery is donating $ 20,000 to Parkey's charity of choice – the Lurie Children's Hospital.
"I would say that Chicago Bears fans needed therapy and we held a successful session – lots of smiles on the streets right now," said Todd Ahsmann, president of Goose Island Brewery. "It was really nice to see the citizens of Chicago just being carefree about everything."
"We may have had a month of depression if it were not for this event."
Actually, one of the most devastating playoffs in Chicago's recent sporting memory was still fresh in the minds of the participants – but frustration had moved, in some people's minds, to sympathy.
"It is his job to make that kick, it is a real shame he does not have" T ", said Zach Laszkiewicz, from Westchester, Illinois." But I think we allow him to train his shortcomings in the off season and bring him back for a some of redemption next year, maybe me and him will be together. "
For good measure, Connelly of Goose Island had the last word on Parkey:" Football was turned upside down. "