NEAR WEST SIDE — Chicago Bears Fans still salty about Cody Parkey’s missed 43-yard field goal during the playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles may have a chance to feel a lot better — if they can make the field goal themselves.
A doubtful Goose Island Brewery is challenging “armchair kickers” who “sit on a throne of potato chips and vape pens” to make a 43-yard field goal outside its Near West Side taproom at 1800 W. Fulton St. Saturday for a pair of tickets to any NFL game, airfare and lodging included.
The brewery built a goalpost outside its taproom and is inviting 100 people, 21 and over, to make the kick. Sign up begins at noon. Kicking begins at 1 p.m.
Anyone who makes it will be get a pair of tickets to a 2019 NFL regular season game of their choosing.
People who make the field goal will also get a chance to kick a 65-yard field goal, which would be longer than the NFL record of 64 yards set by the Denver Broncos’ Matt Prater in 2013. If successful, the kicker will get a ticket to the 2019 Super Bowl as well as airfare and lodging.
Following Sunday’s game, fans were quick to criticize Parkey after missing the field goal, which was tipped by a defender. The Chicago brewery came to Parkey’s defense the following day and announced the challenge in a series of tweets.
“A lot of armchair kickers on here are saying that they could hit that field goal, which we find DOUBTFUL,” the Brewery tweeted.
“You’re gonna sit there on your throne of potato chips and vape pens and criticize this dude’s athleticism? GET REAL.”