Goose Island Kicking Challenge Held Over the Weekend…Guess How Many Made a 43 Yard Field Goal?
This weekend, more than 100 people FAILED to make the 43-yard field goal that Chicago Bears Kicker Cody Parkey missed in last week’s playoff game against the Eagles. Goose Island Brewery in Chicago set up some goalposts in the street outside their building, and offered FREE beer for a YEAR to anyone who could make it. And NO ONE did. Yeah, they went 0-for-101, according to ESPN.
Goose Island tried to make it as realistic as possible. They put down ‘NFL regulation’ astro-turf, and had the kickers use the same amount of steps that they do in the NFL. However, the footballs weren’t snapped to a placeholder, they were kicked off a stand.
It was snowing, and the first contestant wiped out when he slipped in the snow, so you could say the conditions weren’t ideal. But that’s what kicking in Chicago is all about. A lot of people struggled to even make good contact with the football . . . A few contestants got CLOSE . . . but no one ended up winning. By the way, offering free alcohol is against the law in Illinois, so Goose Island had to change the prize to “an all-expenses-paid trip to an NFL game of a winner’s choice” . . . no matter how many winners there were.
Since no one could do it, the brewery donated $20,000 to the Lurie Children’s Hospital, a charity chosen by Cody. Here are some highlights from Barstool Sports.
Here’s one of the close kick attempts