On Sunday in Chicago, Illinois, Cody Parkey faced one of the biggest kicks in his career. With a chance to advance his team to the divisional round playoffs, the stakes could not be any higher. The first kick he attempted was good, but unsurprisingly Eagles coach Doug Pederson iced him.
I just want to say for the record that I would be in favor of the coach having to run on the field and actually “ice” the kicker by giving him a smirnoff ice. Man, that would be some electric content.
But when round two for Parkey came around, it was a totally different story. He nailed two crossbars and the kick was no good. Such a tough way to end a season for that team, fanbase, and especially Parkey himself.
Chicago fans were obviously very upset after that, so they took to
You can’t help but feel for that guy and his family, as he is staring down the wrath of an entire cities angry fan base.
This is not the first time that Chicago has experienced sports devastation and turned to a scapegoat. We all remember when Cubs fan Steve Bartman got in the way of a ball that turned out to be a home run. The hate and vitriol that he faced from Chicago fans literally forced him into hiding.
This type of fan behavior is for one thing extremely lazy, as much as some may think one play does not determine the outcome of the game. It’s a team sport and a
I have without a doubt never faced anything close to the type of pressure that an NFL kicker faces during a
But you have to remind yourself that you aren’t playing golf. This is a TEAM sport and it takes a full squad to win or lose a game.
One of my first thoughts after an incident like this happens is how these hateful reactions affect the player mentally. Well known retired NFL kicker and current media personality Pat McAfee experienced a similar situation when he played in College at West Virginia.
McAfee missed a 21 and a 34-yard field goal both in the first quarter, as West Virginia went on to lose 13 to 9 against Pitt which cost them a chance at a national championship. In an appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast presented by Barstool Sports McAfee described his reaction and experience after the game: “I started crying immediately,” “Bottles were thrown at my house, couldn’t go to class,” “I was gonna transfer, I was gonna drop out,” “I felt like I let down everyone.” McAfee received 27 death threats some of which said: “I hope you don’t wake up tomorrow,” “It would be cool if you were never on this earth again.” And those were days without social media, imagine how bad it would be now.
Truly egregious conduct from those
Oh and also, the kick got blocked so maybe just chill out a little bit Bears fans. If you want to be mad at anyone be made at your GM who kept this guy for so long. Parkey is known to miss kicks frequently, so maybe Ryan Pace should have done a better job choosing their kicker.
Just remember, you have no idea what Cody Parkey is going through unless you have been in the same situation. Regardless of how good or bad at football Parkey is, don’t be one of those people maliciously attacking him. Choose to be a better person, and cut the guy a break.