Bears kicker Cody Parkey appeared on the 'Today' show, and it was weirdSporting News — (Jordan Heck)
The Bears' season ended Sunday against the Eagles after Cody Parkey missed what would have been the game-wining 43-yard field goal at the end of regulation.
It was a brutal moment for Chicago fans and for Parkey, who had to endure backlash from fans of both teams. But at the end of the day, it was a missed field goal and most Bears fans are probably ready to just move on from the kick. That was until Parkey made an appearance Friday morning on the "Today" show.
What exactly was the reason for Parkey's appearance? It's hard to determine. Many kickers have missed potential game-winning kicks, but they didn't get invited on an apology tour that featured an appearance on the "Today" show. Parkey doesn't deserve hate for his missed kick, but he doesn't exactly deserve praise, either.
“I think they should have MHPs. Most Honorable Player," host Savannah Guthrie said about Parkey, adding he was the "the classiest of class acts."
Accepting blame for something that was your fault isn't that noble; it should be expected.
This interview didn't add anything we didn't already know about the missed kick, which actually turned out to be blocked. Parkey said all he needed to say after the loss at his locker room.
"I feel terrible," he said after the loss vs. the Eagles. "There's really no answer to it. I thought I hit a good ball."
This isn't some feel-good sports story. It's a pretty generic story of a kicker who didn't make a field goal. Sure, it happened in the playoffs rather than the regular season, but even that isn't very unique. The only special thing about it is he double-doinked it off the crossbars.
Parkey didn't deserve boos or death threats from fans after the game. He made a mistake, it happens. But he doesn't need to be turned in to a redemption story, either.