Bears censor helicopter footage of kicking practice at Soldier Field

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After an unusual game when he hit the uprights four times, the Bears took the unusual step of having kicker Cody Parkey practice alone at Soldier Field this week, instead of with the rest of the team at the training facility.

Then, they took the unusual step of censoring the local media.

In what can reasonably be described as overkill, two local television stations (WGN and WLS) sent helicopters to hover over Solider Field to get footage of Parkey’s workout.

According to Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune, WGN got a live shot of his practice on air, but the the team squelched future airings of the footage.

Soldier Field is owned by the City of Chicago’s park district, ostensibly making it a public facility and calling into question how much right the Bears have to do so. But the team cited restrictions on practice video, and prohibited the stations from sharing the footage on the air or online.

A Bears spokesman said Thursday the team took the steps “after calls (Wednesday) night from competing local media complaining that we were not enforcing” the practice coverage policy. They did not identify the identity of the outlet that complained.

If one was a skeptic, one might reasonably wonder whether those complaints actually happened, or whether the Bears were just exercising the paranoia that most teams fall victim to. It’s impossible to imagine what competitive advantage the Vikings might receive from watching Zapruder footage of Parkey kicking, whether he’s doing trick shots or not.

Or maybe since so many people close their eyes when Parkey’s kicking, they’re just extending the courtesy to everyone else.

16 responses to “Bears censor helicopter footage of kicking practice at Soldier Field

  1. The Bears have done a lot of things right this season but this is just stupid. And/or the practice session did not go well. Hoping the Bears score 6 TDs Sunday night and don’t need Parkey but if they do, we’ll find out soon enough.

  2. The amount of crying about the turf at Soldier Field is hilarious. This is football, not badminton. Soldier Field is the oldest stadium in the league and Chicago prides it self on a REAL football surface as does Green Bay. The pampered Vikings get a nice warm dome to play in, real men play football in the elements.

  3. BlackandBlue—-throughandthrough- PLEASE, our Vikes just practice outside and our MORE then prepared for your Miami like bears & packers weather. SKOL BABY SKOL! Just remember who the true north king of weather is!

  4. You almost think the Bears are ready to play in the big boys sand box and they proceed with a Rookie action … these Clowns really don’ t deserve to own this Team.

  5. The Bears had absolutely 0 right to do what they did. The local news outlets likely conceded to preserve relationships.

  6. BlackandBlue—-throughandthrough says:
    November 16, 2018 at 9:10 am

    The amount of crying about the turf at Soldier Field is hilarious. This is football, not badminton. Soldier Field is the oldest stadium in the league and Chicago prides it self on a REAL football surface as does Green Bay. The pampered Vikings get a nice warm dome to play in, real men play football in the elements.

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    A REAL football surface? You mean an ARTIFICIALLY WARMED football surface. Yeah, that sounds like real-men, tough-guy football to me.

    Also, nothing is left from the old Soldier Field, except for the exterior walls so I wouldn’t exactly call it the oldest stadium as probably over 90% is “new”.

  7. A REAL football surface? You mean an ARTIFICIALLY WARMED football surface. Yeah, that sounds like real-men, tough-guy football to me.

    Also, nothing is left from the old Soldier Field, except for the exterior walls so I wouldn’t exactly call it the oldest stadium as probably over 90% is “new”.

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    No surface is complained about more in the NFL than Soldier Field as the Park District owns the facility. The heated surface was put in as direct result of the complaints. A renovation to a landmark isn’t a new stadium. Solider Field was built and opened in 1924, the LA Coliseum was opened in 1923. It is one of the oldest and toughest environments to play in the NFL. So easily triggered by Black and Blue and you’re still wrong, angry people don’t think.

  8. Rob Brzezinski and the Vikings have ZERO CHAMPIONSHIPS says:

    No surface is complained about more in the NFL than Soldier Field as the Park District owns the facility. The heated surface was put in as direct result of the complaints. A renovation to a landmark isn’t a new stadium. Solider Field was built and opened in 1924, the LA Coliseum was opened in 1923. It is one of the oldest and toughest environments to play in the NFL. So easily triggered by Black and Blue and you’re still wrong, angry people don’t think.
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    First, the field that gathers the most complain in the league is Heinz Field.

    Second, it’s kind of weird that you’re bragging about the shoddy upkeep of your team’s facilities.

    Third, the entire stadium was gutted out in the last renovation, onlybthe exterior facade remains. As a result, the stadium was actually DELISTED as a historical landmark, one of the very few times that action was taken “to preserve the integrity of the landmark program”.

    Yes, basically the Bears destroyed a historical landmark.

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