Ratke On The Road: A Milwaukee Road Trip



Editor’s Note: After the success of Ratke's roadtrip to Atlanta this summer, we thought we'd let him drive to Milwaukee to watch the Wolves and the Bucks play on Saturday night. We offered to let him fly, but Ratke is a weird dude. Seriously. You're lucky you don't have to sit by him...

You can follow his trip here, as he will be posting pictures and letting you know where he's making his stops. He'll also have full access with the Bucks and Wolves players on Saturday.


Sunday, 10:03 a.m.



Good morning, young sailors. This hotel is kicking me out of here, so I'm going to have to hit the old dusty trail soon. And drive back about six hours back to the Twin Cities. I'm not looking forward to this one bit, but oh, well.

In case you missed any of the material from last night's win, here you go:

Live blog: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/gameday-blog-wolves-bucks-2013-12-28

Game Recap: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/gamerecap-wolves-bucks-2013-12-28

I plan on stopping at least once to post again on the way back to Minneapolis and then look for another post late tonight or tomorrow morning to wrap everything up.

"But Kyle, we want to know what you did after the game?"

I'll tell you, you dirty rascal. I went to a nearby watering hole, had myself a diet Coke with a lemon, some nachos and went to bed. I could have gone clubbing, sure. But well, no, I couldn't have. I don't know how to club. How do you club?

I'm tired. I don't know what I'm even talking about anymore. Quick question: Have any of you made coffee in your hotel room? Is it safe to use the water? I've drank two cups. I feel funny. Help me.

Also, to the folks at the Metrodome today. Last game. Sad stuff, I guess. My biggest memory is watching my Joe Mays bobblehead fall to the ground, breaking in pieces, as a lady handed me my hot dog.

Catch you in a few hours.

Saturday, 3:54 p.m.



Howdy, folks.

What have I been doing for the last four hours you ask? Well, folks. I've been doing it wrong.




While I'm sure there are plenty of places to get cheese curds in the city, I decided to go to a place called Rudy's. Rudy's looked like a fine establishment that might be a bit cheaper than most places.

What was Rudy's you ask? A Mexican restaurant that served free chips and salsa with every meal. Well, I mean... Anyone that is a friend of Kyle Ratke knows that I am a big fan of chips and salsa. In fact, I will order them wherever I go.



So yeah, for the last three hours, I've been watching the Marquette men's basketball team while eating chips and salsa. Sue me.

This will be the last post of the evening as I will be switching to the GameDay Live Blog. I'm going to head to the arena in the next 20 minutes and will have interviews and more for you. The link isn't live yet, but it will be: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/gamerecap-wolves-bucks-2013-12-28

I'll chat with you tomorrow morning. Enjoy your evening.

Saturday, 11:22 a.m.



We have left my uncles and we are now at a hotel. Does the hotel smell a bit odd? Sure, but so does my friend Jared. He's a good guy. I'm not ready to give up on this place yet.

I wrote that before I went to the hotel's "fitness center." I felt like I needed to go after my uncle's breakfast. It was tasty, but I'm not sure it was something that would be a good base for three pounds of cheese curds.



The center consisted of two treadmills (one didn't work). A broken elliptical. Three bikes that Jimmy Carter probably used. And some sort of stair device. It looks like I'm going to have to explore this city of Milwaukee and get myself some cheese curds.

As far as content goes for tonight's game, it looks like I'll be arriving at the BMO Harris Bradley Center around 4:30. I'll have access with both coaches and will have a few players as well. We'll start the GameDay Live Blog then and probably pump the brakes a bit on this blog, but hey, we've still got five more hours and ALL DAY tomorrow. Don't worry, we have plenty of fun left to have.

It looks like we have three more members from the Wolves organization making their way to tonight's game. Sam Flood, Kelly Pedersen and Jared Hensch departed the great city of Minneapolis around 10 this morning. You can follow their journey on Twitter @ @TwolvesDMC.



I'll check back in a few hours. If not, I'll be back at the gym sweating off cheese.

Saturday, 8:09 a.m.



First off, I'd like to apologize for not posting last night. A mixture of cheese and the six-hour drive made it difficult to post. Also, trying to find a place with wi-fi on the way here was like trying to find a toy at the bottom of the cereal box.

We arrived in Milwaukee at my uncle's place around 8:30 p.m., in time to watch the end of the Wolves/Wizards game. Well, hot diggity, my friends. What a nice win from the Wolves last night. SEVEN players in double-digits? That's what we've been looking for.

Before we continue into plans today, I'll recap a bit of last night's drive: 1.) The six hour drive to Milwaukee felt like it might have been worse than the 20 hour drive to Atlanta. That probably had a lot to do with my windshield that had dirt on it. For safety reasons, I need to clean that off.

2.) I managed to struggle down the stretch and was only able to finish a half-bag of sunflower seeds. I'm getting soft now that I'm so old.

3.) This was at the first gas station that we stopped at in Wisconsin. Oh, Wisconsin. You and your cheese.



3.) We arrived at my uncle's in anticipation to stay up and chat the night away. I was sleeping by 10:15 p.m. I'm 23 years old. Something is wrong here.

Today is a new day, my friends and I'm here to redeem myself. I was up before the crack of dawn (not sure when the dawn cracks, but whatever) and already finished this Scouting Report: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/scouting-report-wolves-14-15-bucks-...

I just got a pretty great breakfast, so that was good. Fruit, bagels, bacon and eggs. No sunflower seeds. The plan today is to check into the hotel, go for a quick run and brainstorm some questions for interviews that I'll conduct later on this afternoon. I plan on talking to the Greek Freak, Luke Ridnour and Minnesota's own, Nate Wolters. Are there any questions you have for these guys? Let me know by commenting or hitting my up on Twitter @Kyle_Ratke.

That's all I've got for now. I still haven't had a single cheese curd, which is a bit depressing. I'll check back in around 11. Peace out, girl scout.

Friday, 2:12 p.m.



First off, whoever wrote that note about this is not a very nice person. And whoa, I volunteered? You told me if I didn't leave for three days I'd be fired. Apparently it's frowned upon to sleep underneath your desk for more than a week. Who knew?

It is just after 2 p.m. right now and we are ready to depart to Milwaukee. The goal was to leave a little earlier to stop somewhere and watch the Wolves battle the Wizards tonight, but I had to do my hair. We'll have to stop somewhere outside of Milwaukee, but that's fine. Trips like this are all about adversity and I feel like I've already done that.

My goal is to stop once an hour or so at a place along the way. I know the trip is only about six hours, but hey, we can make some memories together, folks. This is what life is about. I'll be tweeting throughout the trip and you can follow me @ Kyle_Ratke. A quick warning: My camera takes very blurry pictures. At some point in my iPhone's life, it was injured badly. So deal with it and just pretend I'm taking Instagram-worthy photos.

The game against Milwaukee isn't until tomorrow, so be sure to get all of the content for tonight's game in your system before it's too late.

Here's today's Scouting Report: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/scouting-report-wolves-13-15-vs-wiz...

Mark Remme's Shootaround Access: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/shootaround-access-wolves-vs-wizard...

And finally, Rem-Dawg's Gameday Live Blog: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/gamerecap-wolves-wizards-2013-12-27

I will try to post again around 5 p.m. and let you know if I'm still alive. I am currently on pace to eat 30 bags of dill pickle sunflower seeds. So yeah, there's that.