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Mike from Illinois

  • joined Apr 18, 2008
  • last login Apr 18, 2014
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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

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Chicago White Sox
  • NBA Orlando Magic
  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
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Magic schedule, week 25

The Magic wrap up their 25th anniversary season this week.

Magic schedule, week 24

Two home games and an away game, all against playoff teams, are on tap for the Magic this week.

Magic schedule, week 23

The Magic play two of three games at home this week, and will likely be underdogs in all three games.

Magic schedule, week 22

The Magic return home for a four-game homestand with three games on the schedule this week.

Magic schedule, week 21

The Magic embark on their final extended road trip of the season with four games out West.

Magic schedule, week 20

The Magic will play three games this week, two of which are at home.

Magic schedule, week 19

It will be a light schedule for the Magic this week with only two games, but both will be very difficult.

Magic schedule, week 18

The road-heavy schedule continues for the Magic, with three away games to finish off a four-game trip followed by a home game.

Magic schedule, week 17

The Magic get back into action after the All-Star Break with three away games along with one home game this week.

Magic schedule, week 16

Coming off a terrific 3-1 week, the Magic have a quiet one-game week to finish off a four-game homestand before the All-Star Break.

Magic schedule, week 15

The Magic have a very difficult four-game week on tap, featuring games against the Pacers and Thunder.

Magic schedule, week 14

Three away games and a home game are on the schedule for Orlando this week.

Magic schedule, week 13

The Magic begin the second half of the season with four games this week.

Magic schedule, week 12

The slumping Magic conclude their five-game road trip on Monday followed by three home games this week.

Magic schedule, week 11

The Magic embark on a five-game road trip this week with four games.

Magic schedule, week 10

The Magic wind up the 2013 calendar year and their six-game homestand this week.

Magic schedule, week 9

The Magic continue their six-game homestand with three games this week.

Magic schedule, week 8

After a game in Chicago, the Magic begin a six-game homestand Wednesday.

Magic schedule, week 7

Three of the Magic's four games this week are away.

Magic schedule, week 6

The Magic play four games of their season-long six-game road trip this week.

Magic schedule, week 5

A home game against the defending Western Conference champion Spurs is one of three games for the Magic this week.

Magic schedule, week 4

Two games against the defending champion Miami Heat are among the three games on the schedule this week for the Magic.

Magic schedule, week 3

Three games, one home and two away, are on the schedule this week for the Magic.

Magic schedule, week 2

The Magic will try and build on their competitive first week with three games this week.

Magic schedule, week 1

The Magic commence their 25th anniversary season this week with four games.

Number seven pick Nerlens Noel expected to miss entire season

Nerlens Noel, the 6' 11" center from the University of Kentucky who was picked seventh by the Philadelphia 76ers in this summer's draft, is expected to miss the entire season during his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee. The Orlando Magic may have had an interest in drafting Noel despite his ACL tear, but ultimately decided to go in another direction in drafting shooting guard Victor Oladipo from Indiana.

Las Vegas Sportsbook releases 2013-14 NBA season win totals, with the Magic at 24.5

The Las Vegas Hilton Sportsbook has released their season win totals for each team, with the Orlando Magic at 24.5 wins. Only the Phoenix Suns (21.5) and Philadelphia 76ers (16.5) have fewer win totals than the Magic.

In Orlando, Shaquille O'Neal lived up to the hype

On SB Nation NBA Most Hyped day, Mike From Illinois goes in-depth on Shaq's dominance with Orlando.

Former Orlando Magic Gustavo Ayon looks to find team to stick with

The 6' 10" 250 pound center/power forward was signed by Atlanta in the off-season, which makes that the fourth NBA team in three seasons that Ayon has played for.

Orlando Magic uniform design rated third worst in the NBA

Paul Lukas of ESPN.com rates all the team uniforms in professional sports this week, including the NBA. The Magic uniforms are rated among the worst.

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