The total solar eclipse that will be seen on Monday afternoon has caused plenty of excitement, anticipation and schedule alterations for that day.
With Nashville being near the center of the longest view of the total eclipse (for just over two minutes), hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the area to see this historic event. The total eclipse should begin around 1:27 p.m. CDT.
The eclipse will even have an effect on the Tennessee Titans, as Coach Mike Mularkey has decided to rearrange the team’s practice schedule that day in order to allow his players to see this natural phenomenon.
“I actually did (change the schedule),” Mularkey said. “I adjusted the schedule so we will be practicing during it. I went back, once we found out about it, and rerouted the schedule so we’re out here together to see it.”
Mularkey’s adjustment to allow his players to experience once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the eclipse can probably be filed under another one of those team-bonding exercises that he and the coaching staff have preached in order to bring about team unity.
“What a cool experience. You’re on the practice field. I rearranged the practice schedule to make sure we’re out there to see it,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey said Thursday that practice will end on the field around 1:20 p.m. Then, glasses will be passed out to view the eclipse, which begins in totality at 1:27 p.m.
While getting ready for the 2017 season is a daily grind that is the primary focus of the Titans players, some of them are excited about seeing the eclipse on Monday.
“We just talked about it today in the quarterback room, believe it or not,” backup quarterback Matt Cassel said Monday night. “We’ve talked a little bit about it, but it’s kind of hard when you’re engulfed in (training camp) right now and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. But usually once or twice a day, we get off topic and talk about what’s going on in the world, and we talked about it.”
While the QBs talked about it, Cassel admitted the group has such tunnel vision at this time of year, that they weren’t really sure which day the eclipse takes place.
“We were all like, ‘I think it’s coming up.’ We all guessed the date and we were all wrong,” he said. “But it’s a big event and I know my kids are going to get a chance to see it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
At least one Titans player has been excited about the eclipse for a couple of months – and already has his glasses purchased to view the solar eclipse.
“I’ve got them at the house. I’ve got three or four pairs of glasses and I’m looking forward to it.
…. I’ve been excited about it for a while. I don’t know if I’ll see another one of these in my lifetime. It looks like Nashville is going to be close to seeing a total eclipse. It should be fun,” kicker Ryan Succop said.