126 days after Cody Parkey’s last-second field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles hit the left upright and cross bar, Kyle Long broke the silence.

The Bears haven’t avoided talking about the missed kick. Matt Nagy made it a point of emphasis at rookie minicamp.

But the team has kept it serious and somber when talking about the end of their playoff run. Until Sunday night when the veteran right guard cracked their first public “double doink” joke of the offseason.

He watched Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers with an iconic shot that bounced off of the rim four times.

This actually marked the first time any Bears players have even tweeted the word “doink” at any point.

Plenty of Bears fans responded with a simple “too soon,” but perhaps four months has been long enough.

Long’s tweet gives Chicago permission to laugh about Parkey’s miss — an important part of the healing process.

It certainly helps that, this time, the doinks ended Philadelphia’s playoff run.

 

 

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