Bloggin on the Bus| EMAIL | PRINT
April 25, 2008
With the series shifting back to Milwaukee for Saturday night’s Game 6, the team is getting ready to make the short trek back up north for the eighth time this season.
This morning I took some time to speak with Wolves defenseman Nathan Oystrick, to find out what happens on the bus when the team hits the road and heads to the land of cheese.
“There are a few things that go on during the bus ride up to Milwaukee,” Oystrick said. “Some guys play cards, others listen to music and some watch the movie that is playing. I used to play poker with the guys earlier in the year, but now they are playing a game I think called Snarps. I don’t know how to play that so now I just listen to music and hang out. It’s such a short trip you just try to make it go by as quick as you can by keeping yourself busy.”
On a normal trip up north, the drive to Milwaukee should only take around an hour and a half, but the two trips during the playoffs have tested the patience of the players as they taken almost three hours.
“We hit traffic but also Mikey (the team bus driver) decided to take the scenic route and the usual short trip turned into a longer drive,” Oystrick explained. “We like to give it to Mikey but he is a good guy and we weren’t in a big hurry because we weren’t playing that night so we just dealt with it, no big deal.”
Oystrick also mentioned that seating choices on the bus are based on seniority. The veterans choose their own seats and get a little more room to themselves, while the rookies sit together up front and usually have to double up. He also shared with me what he feels is the worst part of any road trip.
“The return trips back home always feel longer, especially if we lose the game,” said Oystrick. “It helps if we win, then we are in a better mood and the guys spirits are high. We tend to share a couple of laughs and it seems to get us home a bit quicker.”
If the Wolves wrap up the series with a win in Game 6, the bus ride back to Chicago may feel as brief as ever.
We’ll check in tomorrow for your pre-Game 6 report from Milwaukee, and hope to see a lot of burgundy and gold in the Bradley Center crowd tomorrow night!