Tyler’s Travel Log: Minnesota

Those of you that know me, know I’m extremely sentimental. And if you don’t, well, now you do. I am a big fan of looking back on my life, what went well, what didn’t, and what is different about it now and how I have grown.

Being in the place the Eagles won their first Super Bowl was an incredibly cool experience. That night changed my life as a fan forever. It was one of the top moments of my entire life.

Sure, it was nearly a year and a half ago. Guess who doesn’t care? Me.

Photo: Me

This format will be a little bit different, no bad reviews, even the silly ones. We’re going strictly positive vibes on this here adventure.

The latest trip in the travel log stops in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where myself and the crew ventured to the frozen tundra to check out our beloved Philadelphia 76ers. We traveled to see OUR guys.

Now it wasn’t just us, along with us there were 350 other maniacs on the Rights to Ricky Sanchez Fly the Process IV with Phans of Philly. If you haven’t done a trip with either of them, I could not recommend it more. It was our second time going, last year being Chicago/Milwaukee, and there is just nothing like (politely) invading another teams stadium with 300 other people and chanting for your guys and also guys who don’t even play for your favorite team anymore.

We had a giant pregame party at a bar down the street from the stadium, we partied, we chanted, we drank some adult sodas and I got up on the stage in front of 350 screaming people in what was quite possibly the most terrifying 30 seconds of my entire life.

It was incredible.

Photo: Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast

Bryce Harper hit his first homer while we were there, and it was LOUD.

Once we were done causing a ruckus there, off we went to the game, where we were the most polite intruders of all time.

Chants of “DARIO, DARIO, DARIO” and “GOOD BE-HAVIOR” rained down from the Target Center (shoutout to Kev for that last one).

After a crisp Sixers W in the Jimmy Butler revenge game/Jonah Bolden show, all of our heroes came out to see us.

Dario

Photo: Minnesota Timberwolves

Roco

Photo: Minnesota Timberwolves

And last but certainly not least, TJ!

Photo: Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast

I always tell people how much the Process meant, not even just talking about basketball, but just in general. I’ll get to it one of these days much more in depth, but seeing everybody up close and have them do the chants and hold the shirts with us, it makes them just feel like one of us.

Now, while the trip was very Sixers centric, the gang didn’t just go to the Sixers game, we also saw our new second favorite baseball team, the Minnesota Twins, and our new favorite baseball player Willans Astudillo, at Target Field, in Minnesota, sponsored by Target.

Every stadium, and every building for that matter, was sponsored by Target, but they were beautiful.

Photo: Me
Photo: Me

The people were nice, the scenic views of the stadium were incredible, and it was just an awesome atmosphere being at another stadium in another city, that last one never gets old.

Along with that, when we first got there, we decided to check out the biggest gathering of human beings in one spot I have literally ever seen in my entire life, The Mall of America.

There are 520 stores, 3 floors, nearly 5 million square feet, and what did we do first?

That’s right, you guessed it: The Nickelodeon rides.

Photo: Me

We started with The Fairly Odd Parents ride, an absolute timeless classic of a show and a great ride. We followed that by checking out the Spongebob Rock Bottom ride, that had what felt like 35 flips and twists and I thought I was hitting rock bottom during it.

There was countless others we didn’t check out, like A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ride and a little Flying Dutchmen biplane course, which nobody wanted to try with me.

I am still bitter.

There’s also an entire aquarium in there, which is insane to think about. It’s pretty much one long tunnel underground where the fish swim over you, which was a crazy thing to see up close, a shark swimming two feet over your head.

ALSO, we got some pretty sweet hats, those were cool.

Traveling to Minnesota in the middle of the March may not be on your bucket list, but it is absolutely something I would recommend. A super clean city, nice people, and great sports.

And any chance you get a chance to travel with your crew, you take that opportunity 10 times out of 10.

The gang. Photo: Me
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Tyler Downey

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