The Minnesota Vikings pulled their players inside from practice to avoid the eclipse.
Pete Carroll handed out special eclipse viewing glasses to his Seahawks so they could watch Monday’s national phenomenon off the edge of the practice field, out the back door of their locker room.
Why am I not surprised?
The 65-year-old coach passed out the glasses to Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, Russell Wilson and any of his other Seahawks who came out to watch the first total solar visible in the Pacific Northwest since 1979. Their reflections looked a lot like the shades that are as constant as Carroll’s khakis during practices.
Carroll’s reaction when asked about everyone being out there to watch?
At the eclipse’s peak time across Western Washington, 10:21 a.m., darn near the entire team was out watching through their special glasses.
As the sky turned into an orange, Star Wars-scene-like, flat light and the air chilled noticeably, some Seahawks tried taking photos of the coolest sun this area had seen in 38 years. Some pointed their cameras at it while still wearing the glasses.
Then it was back inside to find a new starting left tackle, prepare for practice and ready for Friday’s third preseason game, at home against Kansas City.
That one will be at night, immaterial to the sun.
That will be a good thing for the hilarious wife of Seahawks punter Jon Ryan: