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Mike from Illinois

  • joined Apr 18, 2008
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In addition to being an avid follower and fan of the Orlando Magic, I am also a huge fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks (2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup Champions), and Chicago White Sox (2005 World Series Champions). I also root for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls whenever they don't play the Magic. It's great that the Orlando Solar Bears have returned pro hockey to Orlando, and represent the city in the East Coast Hockey League.

Contributing writer on OPP since February 2012.

I have been hooked on the Magic since their first season in 1989-90. My dad moved to the Orlando area in the mid-80s and he would mail me articles and columns from the Sentinel about the Magic and all their games (this was before the internet). From his connections where he worked at Church Street Station, he was able to get me free tickets to Magic games whenever I came down on vacations. He also was able to get me autographs from many of the players and Magic Dancers. Nowadays, I make it a point to see at least two Magic games during my spring vacations to Orlando to visit my sister and brother-in-law, who live there. I am also proud to say I was at the last Magic game ever played at the old Amway Center, on May 26, 2010, Game 5 of the ECF against Boston, which the Magic dominated 113-92.

I am a fitness enthusiast who enjoys the outdoors, and am very much into power walking, bike riding, and swimming; I walk 4 1/2 - 5 miles a day or ride my bike 12-15 miles a day; I also enjoy traveling, and wagering on sports whenever I visit Las Vegas.

Yes, I love statistics, too.

Las Vegas and Orlando are my favorite places to travel, and I have been to Hawaii also; Wet N Wild is my favorite place in Orlando.

Orlando Magic memorabilia I have in my room: a Magic pennant, a Magic alarm clock, a Magic trash can, a miniature Magic basketball, an autographed picture of the 1989-90 Magic Dancers, and an autographed picture of the 2004-05 Magic Dancers.

Number of Magic T-Shirts I own: 12
Magic sweatshirts: 2
Magic jackets: 1

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  • MLB Chicago White Sox
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  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
Recent Activity
For one thing, his shooting efficiency was much better this season
Commented on NBA tanking: Orlando Magic must start winning games in 2014/15, columnist says on Apr 23 2014, 8:55p - 1 reply
You can't go wrong with any of the five performances
Commented on The Orlando Magic's best individual performances of the 2013/14 season on Apr 23 2014, 5:43p
for Arron Afflalo against 76ers (43 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals)
Voted on Apr 23 2014, 2:10p
Redick did not play much as a rookie at all
Commented on Victor Oladipo's place in Orlando Magic rookie history on Apr 23 2014, 1:50p - 2 replies
I'm only comparing Oladipo's advanced stats to other Orlando Magic rookies throughout the years...
Commented on Victor Oladipo's place in Orlando Magic rookie history on Apr 23 2014, 2:44a - 1 reply
Yes, the Oladipo-at-point-guard experiment was for the long term good of the team
Commented on Victor Oladipo's place in Orlando Magic rookie history on Apr 23 2014, 2:36a
Jimmy Butler's two field goals in 53 minutes
Commented on Bulls vs. Wizards game 2 final score: another failed stretch run brings overtime loss on Apr 23 2014, 1:40a - 6 replies
How Oladipo ranks in team history as a rookie in some advanced statistical areas
Commented on Victor Oladipo's place in Orlando Magic rookie history on Apr 22 2014, 5:07p - 3 replies
As far as turnover percentage goes...
Commented on Victor Oladipo's place in Orlando Magic rookie history on Apr 22 2014, 4:21p
That makes more sense
Commented on NBA Playoffs 2014: Which team will Orlando Magic fans support? on Apr 22 2014, 4:08p - 1 reply
Why would you refer to the Bulls as "goon ball x 2000"?
Commented on NBA Playoffs 2014: Which team will Orlando Magic fans support? on Apr 22 2014, 3:23p - 1 reply
Stat fact of the game
Commented on Bulls vs. Wizards recap: Washington takes Game 1 as offense struggles in crunch time on Apr 21 2014, 1:56a - 1 reply
Interesting fact
Commented on NBA tanking: Orlando Magic must start winning games in 2014/15, columnist says on Apr 19 2014, 3:12p - 1 reply
In a limited sample size, Oladipo had his best True Shooting Percentage in April for any month this season
Commented on NBA Rookie of the Month: Michael Carter-Williams tops Victor Oladipo in April on Apr 19 2014, 3:00p
The Magic were actually in the Western Conference for a season
Commented on NBA Playoffs 2014: Which team will Orlando Magic fans support? on Apr 19 2014, 2:47p - 1 reply
Chicago is my home area team
Commented on NBA Playoffs 2014: Which team will Orlando Magic fans support? on Apr 19 2014, 2:32p - 1 reply
for Chicago Bulls (East no. 4)
Voted on Apr 19 2014, 2:25p
...and both failed to make the playoffs this season
Commented on National writers assess Orlando Magic's season on Apr 18 2014, 5:12p
That's a great stat... I didn't realize that
Commented on Pacers 101, Magic 86: Orlando ends season with fourth straight loss on Apr 18 2014, 4:59p
I think things went as well as could be expected for the Magic this season
Commented on National writers assess Orlando Magic's season on Apr 17 2014, 7:29p - 1 reply
Pietrus was born on February 7, 1982... which makes him 32 now
Commented on MP Possible Return To Orlando! on Apr 17 2014, 7:07p
Before the season, the Las Vegas oddsmakers established the over/under number of wins for the Magic at 24.5
Commented on Reviewing our Orlando Magic season predictions on Apr 17 2014, 2:31p - 1 reply
Yes... 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 2-of-2 free throws in 33 minutes
Commented on Pacers 101, Magic 86: Orlando ends season with fourth straight loss on Apr 17 2014, 2:41a
Many thanks to Evan for all the hard work he put in and the thorough pre and post-game coverage on Magic game days this season
Commented on Magic vs. Pacers notebook: Orlando's season comes to a close on Apr 17 2014, 12:37a - 1 reply
The Magic actually had a solid advantage at the free throw line for once
Commented on Pacers 101, Magic 86: Orlando ends season with fourth straight loss on Apr 16 2014, 11:03p - 1 reply
You're 20-14-2 ATS going into the finale
Commented on Magic vs. Pacers game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 16 2014, 5:27p - 2 replies
The Magic are favored since the Pacers are benching three starters
Commented on Magic vs. Pacers game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 16 2014, 5:17p - 1 reply
I just love to give facts... rhetorical question or not :-)
Commented on Bulls 108, Magic 95: Orlando drops third straight on Apr 15 2014, 11:35p - 1 reply
Don't forget, the Pacers sat their entire starting lineup for the whole game last week against the Bucks
Commented on Indiana Pacers to rest three key players against Orlando Magic, according to report on Apr 15 2014, 7:13p
Jimmer Fredette was a great college player and an NBA Lottery pick in 2011
Commented on Bulls 108, Magic 95: Orlando drops third straight on Apr 15 2014, 7:06p - 2 replies
Some stat facts from the game
Commented on Bulls 108, Magic 95: Orlando drops third straight on Apr 15 2014, 12:50a
D.J. Augustin will not play for the Bulls tonight
Commented on Magic at Bulls game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 14 2014, 7:38p
Shengelia scored 4 points in his brief Bulls' career
Commented on Bulls waive Tornike Shengelia, sign Greg Smith on Apr 14 2014, 7:27p
The Bulls are heavy favorites
Commented on Magic at Bulls game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 14 2014, 6:59p - 1 reply
My bad... thanks for the correction
Commented on Orlando Magic schedule for week 25 on Apr 14 2014, 2:49p
Orlando Magic schedule for week 25
Posted on Apr 14 2014, 12:00p
Stat fact regarding Nik Vucevic
Commented on Nikola Vučević injury: Magic center to miss rest of 2013/14 season on Apr 14 2014, 4:06a - 1 reply
Nicholson's stat line
Commented on Nets 97, Magic 88: Three-point shooting lifts Brooklyn to victory on Apr 14 2014, 12:18a - 1 reply
The Nets are big favorites
Commented on Magic at Nets game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 13 2014, 4:58p - 3 replies
O'Quinn is in the top five in the NBA in blocks per 36 minutes
Commented on Wizards 96, Magic 86: Washington rallies to snap Orlando streak at two on Apr 12 2014, 11:33p
Moore has improved his shooting significantly from last season
Commented on E'Twaun Moore wants to re-sign with Orlando Magic, according to report on Apr 12 2014, 4:52p - 1 reply
Drummond's stat line
Commented on Bulls vs. Pistons final score: Chicago moves into No. 3 seed with stirring comeback victory on Apr 12 2014, 3:11a
Another milestone Nelson missed out on this season
Commented on Magic vs. Wizards notebook: Washington too physical for Orlando to handle on Apr 12 2014, 2:29a
Great efficiency from the Wizards in the fourth quarter
Commented on Wizards 96, Magic 86: Washington rallies to snap Orlando streak at two on Apr 12 2014, 2:15a
The Wizards are solid favorites
Commented on Magic vs. Wizards game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 11 2014, 5:47p - 1 reply
Actually, Harrington accomplished one thing during his Magic tenure
Commented on Al Harrington says Orlando Magic "could've been more professional" as he rehabbed from staph infection on Apr 11 2014, 5:27p
Hibbert's last 21 games
Commented on NBA awards season 2014: Bulls could have multiple players honored on Apr 11 2014, 12:26a - 1 reply
The Bulls shot 50 percent while scoring the 102 points
Commented on Bulls vs. Timberwolves final score: Noah triple-double and 3-pointers lead rout on Apr 10 2014, 3:27a - 2 replies
This year's likely rookie of the year, Michael Carter-Williams, was the eleventh pick in the draft last summer
Commented on Magic 115, Nets 111: Orlando weathers Joe Johnson's brilliance to stun Brooklyn on Apr 10 2014, 12:56a - 1 reply
A rare Magic win when the opposing team scores 110+ points
Commented on Magic 115, Nets 111: Orlando weathers Joe Johnson's brilliance to stun Brooklyn on Apr 10 2014, 12:40a
Brooklyn is the favorite tonight
Commented on Magic vs. Nets game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 9 2014, 6:09p - 3 replies
Brewer can't help but improve on those stats
Commented on Bulls sign Ronnie Brewer: How does it impact Tony Snell and Jimmy Butler, if at all? on Apr 8 2014, 5:02p
for 0-3
Voted on Apr 7 2014, 11:34p
How Ronnie Brewer ranks in the NBA this season in some advanced stats
Commented on Bulls sign Ronnie Brewer: How does it impact Tony Snell and Jimmy Butler, if at all? on Apr 7 2014, 7:52p - 6 replies
A really bad mistake on my part... thanks for setting me straight
Commented on Orlando Magic schedule for week 24 on Apr 7 2014, 6:48p - 1 reply
Orlando Magic schedule for week 24
Posted on Apr 7 2014, 12:00p
Very impressive game from Oladipo
Commented on Magic vs. Timberwolves notebook: Orlando prevails against shorthanded Minnesota on Apr 6 2014, 4:45a
Fourth quarter surge for the Magic
Commented on Magic 100, Timberwolves 92: Orlando rallies to snap skid on Apr 6 2014, 12:53a
The Timberwolves are favored
Commented on Magic vs. Timberwolves game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 5 2014, 5:17p - 1 reply
The Magic failed to shoot over 40 percent in any one quarter
Commented on Bobcats 91, Magic 80: Charlotte rides Al Jefferson to deal Orlando its third straight loss on Apr 5 2014, 1:30a
The Bulls' talent will probably be a lot better next season
Commented on Stan Van Gundy says Orlando Magic have playoff-caliber talent, according to report on Apr 5 2014, 12:52a - 1 reply
The Bobcats are big favorites
Commented on Magic at Bobcats game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 4 2014, 6:36p
How Erik Murphy's statistics rank in Bulls' history
Commented on Bulls waive Erik Murphy; Ronnie Brewer or Mike James to return? on Apr 4 2014, 3:05a - 5 replies
In my opinion, it takes at least three seasons before any draft can be fairly judged
Commented on A Year in Reflection: Was Oladipo the Right Choice For Orlando? on Apr 3 2014, 4:32p
One point guard that I will be following in college next season...
Commented on Orlando Pinstriped Post Mailbag no. 29: Evaluating 2015 point-guard prospects on Apr 3 2014, 3:05a
This was the second-worst home loss this season by the Magic
Commented on Cavaliers 119, Magic 98: Hot-shooting Cleveland throttles Orlando on Apr 3 2014, 2:22a
The Cavaliers are slight favorites
Commented on Magic vs. Cavaliers game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 2 2014, 6:35p - 1 reply
A minor correction... the Bulls/Hawks game is in Atlanta
Commented on Magic vs. Cavaliers game time, TV schedule, and more on Apr 2 2014, 6:25p
for 1-2
Voted on Mar 31 2014, 4:26p
Orlando Magic schedule for week 23
Posted on Mar 31 2014, 12:00p
A few more fun facts
Commented on Bulls vs. Celtics final score: Chicago pulls out 107-102 victory behind D.J. Augustin on Mar 30 2014, 11:42p
Toronto's domination at the free throw line really made a difference in the game
Commented on Raptors 98, Magic 93: Orlando's winning streak ends at two on Mar 30 2014, 10:57p
The time of the game was 2:18, which is about average
Commented on Raptors 98, Magic 93: Orlando's winning streak ends at two on Mar 30 2014, 10:22p - 1 reply
The Raptors are favored to win
Commented on Magic vs. Raptors game time, TV schedule, and more on Mar 30 2014, 5:21p
The Bulls haven't lost two in a row in quite sometime
Commented on Bulls vs. Blazers final score: Chicago lays egg in 91-74 loss on Mar 29 2014, 7:59p
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