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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tomahawk Tuesday: The Phoenix Suns had some fun during the solar eclipse

On Monday, the United States put political differences aside to admire the solar eclipse that streaked across the country, starting in Oregon and making its way down the country in a southeastern trajectory. I was able to look at the eclipse in California and see the moon cover up to 75% of the sun. I can only imagine what it was like for those who got to experience a total blackout.

Like the rest of the country, the NBA also admired the astronomical phenomenon. NBA teams tweeted about the event and players found time to put on their shades and gaze up at the eclipse. As a way of adding some color and humor to the event, a few NBA teams posted videos of their team blocking shots of Phoenix Suns players, an analogy to the moon blocking out the sun. As a way of getting back at these teams, the Suns' twitter account blocked the teams that posted the videos.

Personally, I found this to be a really creative use of social media. While social media can be used to divide, it can also be used as a way to bring people together in ways that weren't previously possible. Here's to bringing people together through basketball and rare astronomical events! We know that this country needs unity more than ever.

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