Mike from Illinois

  • joined Apr 18, 2008
  • last login Aug 25, 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

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  • NBA Orlando Magic
  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
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What if Jameer Nelson had been healthy in 2009?

Mike From Illinois wonders how the Magic's fortunes might have changed if the All-Star point guard had not torn the labrum in his right shoulder, costing him the balance of the 2008/09 season and...

The Magic's most memorable games from 2012/13

Even though the Orlando Magic wound up with the worst record in the NBA, they still had their share of exciting or memorable games, and OPP takes a look at them.

A look at Magic records set in 2012-13

The Orlando Magic set several team records in the 2012-13 season, and this post examines some of them.

Magic schedule, week 25

The Magic play two playoff teams in the season's final week.

Statistical feats abound in Magic's win over Bucks


The Orlando Magic set several franchise and individual records in Wednesday's 113-103 overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks. We'll go over them one-by-one, starting with the team achievements. ...

Magic schedule, week 24

Two home games are on tap for the Magic in the season's second-to-last week.

Magic at Bulls: Chicago holds off Orlando, 87-86

Beno Udrih's best game in an Orlando uniform wasn't enough to carry the Magic to victory, as his turnover while driving to the basket with ten seconds remaining allowed the Bulls to escape with the...

Magic at Spurs: Late run gives San Antonio the win

Orlando was outshot and outrebounded by San Antonio as the Magic lost the third game of their five-game road trip. They are now are just one-half game ahead of Charlotte for the NBA's worst record.

Magic at Rockets: Harkless scores 28 in loss

Six Houston Rockets scored in double figures, led by Omer Asik's 22 points and 18 rebounds, and led from start to finish in their 111-103 victory. Rookie Maurice Harkless scored a career-high 28...

Magic schedule, week 23

The Magic play all four games on the road this week, three of them against teams that will make the playoffs, as they finish a tough five-game road trip.

Magic at Hawks: Magic struggle offensively in loss

Atlanta's Ivan Johnson tied his career-high, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as the Hawks defeated the Magic, 97-88. Four of the Magic's five starters scored in double figures, led by...

Magic schedule, week 22

Two home games and two away games are on the schedule for the Magic this week, including a home game with the Miami Heat and their 26-game winning streak.

Magic at Knicks: Anthony scores 21 in return

Orlando's bench players played well throughout the game as the Magic, playing without center Nik Vucevic due to an illness, ended their four-game road trip winless.

Magic at Pacers: Orlando shoots season-low in loss


Four Pacers scored in double figures as Indiana held Orlando to a season-low 31.8% shooting in the Indiana 95-73 rout over the Magic. Only two Magic players scored in double figures.

Magic schedule, week 21

The Magic continue their four-game road trip this week, with Oklahoma City making their only visit to Orlando later in the week.

Magic at Bucks: Ellis erupts to drop Magic

Monta Ellis scored 25 of his game-high 39 points in the fourth quarter to lead Milwaukee to a stunning 115-109 victory after trailing by twelve points with under seven minutes remaining.

Magic at Thunder: Durant helps OKC pull away late

Orlando found themselves trailing by 27 points in the second quarter, but came back to cut their deficit to three points in the fourth quarter before running out of gas late in the 117-104 loss to...

Magic schedule, week 20

The long-awaited home game against Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers takes place on Tuesday, followed by two tough games on the road.

Magic at Heat: James wins it in final seconds


It looked like Miami was on the the way to an easy victory after going up by 20 points early in the third, but the Magic rallied to take the lead for the majority of the fourth quarter before...

Magic at Hornets: Orlando scores 69 in second half

Jameer Nelson was back in the starting lineup for the Magic, and helped lead the Orlando come back from a 17-point deficit in the second half.

Magic schedule, week 19

Two away games followed by two home games are on tap for the season's 19th week for Orlando.

Magic at Sixers: Orlando impressive in upset win

Orlando finally beat an Atlantic Division team, and won its first road game since January 12th with a terrific all-around performance.

Magic schedule, week 18

Three home games and one away game are on tap for the Magic in the season's 18 week, including a three-game homestand.

Magic at Grizzlies: Orlando battles hard, falls

The severely shorthanded Magic used only seven players against the Grizzlies, but Memphis was unable to put away the Magic until the final three minutes.

J.J. Redick's statistical rankings with the Magic

How J.J. Redick has finished in various statistical categories in his Magic career

Magic at Mavs: Vince keys Dallas' surge

Six Dallas players scored in double figures, with their reserves scoring 54 points, as the Magic lost their 26th game in 29 tries. Dallas outshot the Magic from the field, the three-point line, and...

Magic schedule, week 17

With the All-Star Break complete, the Magic resume action with four games this week.

Michael Jordan's career against the Magic

In honor of Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, Mike From Illinois looks back at His Airness' career against the Magic.

Magic schedule, week 16

Orlando will be trying for its first two-game winning streak in nearly two months this week, as they host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday evening.

Magic at Cavs: Late 13-0 run dooms Orlando

Orlando welcomed back leading scorer Arron Afflalo to the starting lineup, and he helped jump-start the offense, but the Magic's defense was nowhere to be found in yet another loss.

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