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Chicago football fans fail Goose Island's field goal challenge in miserable fashion

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Chicago football fans fail Goose Island's field goal challenge in miserable fashion

Breaking news, Chicago football fans: kicking a field goal is no easy task, especially kicks attempted by professionals in the NFL.

Goose Island hosted a field goal-kicking contest outside of its Fulton Street taproom on Saturday. The first 100 arriving contestants received one chance to kick a 43-yard field goal, the distance that Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed during Sunday's playoff loss against the Eagles.

Goose Island was offering NFL tickets for those who successfully kicked the 43-yard field goal. The company also was offering those successful from 43 yards the chance to kick from 65 yards to win Super Bowl LIII tickets.

Guess what, though? Kicking a 43-yard field goal is extremely hard, especially when it's snowing like it did in Chicago on Saturday. Every single contestant (turns out there were 103, according to Block Club Chicago) failed to hit the field goal.

As entertaining as it was to see every couch cushion kicker fail, the snow element made the failures extremely entertaining to watch. The Chicago Sun-Times' Madeline Kenney attended and filmed parts of the contest, and some of the videos are pure gold.

The contest got off to a great start:

Snowing and sub-freezing? Don't be this guy:

Nice...

Bears fans sure will love to see the outcome of this kick:

Today in a nutshell is right.

And last, but not least, some vindication for Bears fans after the outcome of Sunday's game: an Eagles fan wiping out on his kick.

Hopefully the fans had fun, but hopefully they also learned that while Parkey is a professional, his job is not easy by any means.

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Pat O'Donnell reportedly to sign new deal with Bears

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Pat O'Donnell reportedly to sign new deal with Bears

The Bears are having an open competition at kicker, but it appears there won't be any drama at punter heading into training camp.

According to Adam Schefter, the Bears will be bringing back punter Pat O'Donnell on a two-year deal. Schefter reported the deal is worth $4 million.

O'Donnell made $1 million with a $500,000 signing bonus in 2018, so this represents a raise for him.

The 28-year-old has spent his whole career with the Bears since they drafted him in the sixth round in 2014. In 2018, he averaged 45 yards per punt and had 28 punts inside the 20, which matched a career-high.

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Analytics conference says Raiders trading Mack to Bears was best transaction of 2018

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Analytics conference says Raiders trading Mack to Bears was best transaction of 2018

When the Oakland Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Bears, the whole world seemed to crown Ryan Pace as the winner of the deal.

Six month later, an MIT analytics group is taking Jon Gruden’s side in the team.

The 2019 Sloan Sports analytics Conference wrapped up earlier this month, and they handed out their annual awards, including Best Transaction in all of sports.

One of the sixth-annual Alpha Awards went to the Oakland Raiders for trading Mack in exchange for two first-round picks, one second-round pick and one third-round pick.

The Raiders also sent the Bears a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2020.

Mack clearly had a drastic impact on his new defense, helping elevate Vic Fangio’s unit to the No. 1 group in the NFL.

But the analytics community at Sloan seems to support the idea of a team like Oakland tearing down for a full-scale rebuild, and trading Mack allowed them to acquire a wealth of draft assets.

The real value of those picks will be determined by how successful the Raiders are on draft day, but each additional selection is another lottery ticket for adding young talent, and the draft is universally viewed as the best method of team building.

Three-to-five years from now, we’ll have a much better idea of which team won the Mack trade.