Bears kicker Cody Parkey has been mercilessly mocked since Sunday's loss against the Eagles, in which his missed. Chicago-based brewing company Goose Island wants fans who mocked Parkey to put their money where their feet are.
The company is having a "Field Goal Challenge" on Saturday, in which participants will attempt a 43-yard field goal to see if any of the "armchair kickers" can get off of their "throne of potato chips and vape pens" and hit the kick.
Goose Island is building goalposts outside its brewery, allowing fans to come kick, and those who can make the kick get beer for a year.
This weekend during normal taproom hours we’ll have a chance for you to show off your kicking skills. Hit the 43 yard field goal and you’ll win beer for a year and eternal glory. More info coming soon. 4/5— Goose Island Beer Co (@GooseIsland) January 7, 2019
So how will things go Saturday? For starters, there's a good chance some soccer player or former high school kicker is going to come out and bury that kick. Forty-three yards is a really tough kick, but it's possible to make. There's also, of course, the pressure of the situation. A playoff atmosphere is inimitable. But Goose Island does have some rules in place.
This is, at least, a welcome departure from the hostility toward Parkey. Goose Island just wants to remind people that this stuff is really hard to do. All we can do is hope that there's a stream of this, because for every person who comes out and drills the kick, there will be 40 people who kick grounders (much like this). And those people are who this event is really for.