0-for-100: 43-yard FGs not as easy as they look

Dayton Daily News - - SCOREBOARD - By Phil Thomp­son

If any of the 100 CHICAGO — am­a­teur kick­ers was go­ing to nail a 43-yard field goal Satur- day dur­ing the Goose Is­land Beer Co.’s mar­ket­ing stunt, Zach Laszkiewicz seemed like the best bet.

The 23-year-old spe­cial edu- cation as­sis­tant was a kicker in high school and was first in line when he ar­rived at the brew­ery at 7 a.m. — six hours be­fore kick­off for the out­door event.

Laszkiewicz was de­ter­mined not to fol­low in the mis­steps of Bears kicker Cody Parkey, whose tipped 43-yard field-goal at­tempt six days ear­lier hit the left up­right and cross­bar be­fore fall­ing into the end zone — a “dou- ble doink,” as it has been la­beled — to doom the Bears in a 16-15 play­off loss to the Ea­gles at Soldier Field.

But Parkey’s miss also in­spired Satur­day’s “Field­goal Chal­lenge.”

With a mod­er­ate snow fall­ing, Laszkiewicz took four steps back from the foot­ball, lined up the an­gle with his hand and took more two steps to his left. He then ran up to the foot­ball, planted and — just as a ran­dom on­looker yelled “doink” — ate some icy ar­ti­fi­cial turf.

“I know I can make the kick,” Laszkiewicz said. “I just slipped.”

Goose Is­land had of­fered any­one who made the 43-yard at­tempt a prize of air­fare, ho­tel and tick­ets to any reg­u­lar-sea­son NFL game next sea­son.

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