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:
First kicker, who got here 5 hours before the event, starts with this.. it’s going to be a long day pic.twitter.com/7tjLuSuH0u— Madeline Kenney (@madkenney) January 12, 2019
Snowing and sub-freezing? Don't be this guy:
There’s always that one guy pic.twitter.com/9z5HznLoBl— Madeline Kenney (@madkenney) January 12, 2019
This guy has his Sunday sweater on pic.twitter.com/ttWXYXQ5vb— Madeline Kenney (@madkenney) January 12, 2019
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.
That’s a wrap. No kickers made it. I’ll have a full video recap and story up soon from today’s festivities.— Madeline Kenney (@madkenney) January 12, 2019
But I’ll leave you with this. pic.twitter.com/nsOzaHSGtO
Hopefully the fans had fun, but hopefully they also learned that while Parkey is a professional, his job is not easy by any means.