Mike from Illinois

  • joined Apr 18, 2008
  • last login Jul 09, 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
User Blog

Magic at 76ers: Orlando held to season-low 61

Playing without starters Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, J.J. Redick, and Glen Davis, and having only nine players available, the Magic competed for two and a half quarters against Philly on Monday, but lost their tenth straight game.

Magic at Bucks: Rookies shine but Orlando falls

Magic rookie Maurice Harkless had the best game of his young career, as the Magic battle Milwaukee but lose 107-98 as Larry Sanders and Monta Ellis finish with double-doubles.

Magic at Celtics: Boston tops Orlando, 97-84

Orlando, missing Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo due to injury, lost starting point guard Jameer Nelson in the second half due to a left forearm contusion as Boston broke the game open early in the fourth quarter for the win.

Magic at Bobcats: Orlando tops Charlotte, 107-98

Orlando scored 107 points on 54% shooting to defeat Charlotte 107-98. It was the Bobcats' 11th loss in a row.

Magic at Raptors: Toronto pulls away in fourth

Five Toronto players scored in double figures and Jose Calderon added 18 assists to lead Toronto over Orlando.

Magic at Nets: Orlando loses fourth straight

Brooklyn beats Orlando in defensive struggle 82-74. Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo score 19 apiece to lead the Magic.

Magic at Bulls: Deng's 23 too much for Orlando

Arron Afflalo's 28 points weren't enough for the Magic in their loss to Chicago. The Bulls handed Orlando its first loss of the season.

Magic vs. Rockets: Preseason Ends in Defeat


Houston cruises past Magic, 108-92, as six Rockets score in double figures.

Magic vs. Grizzlies: Afflalo Scores 10 in Début


Memphis pulls away in the fourth quarter to defeat Orlando 115-100 as six Grizzlies score in double figures, led by Rudy Gay's 20 points.

Magic vs. Spurs: Davis Strong as Orlando Rolls


Rookie Andrew Nicholson led five Orlando Magic players in double figures, scoring 18 points, as the Magic win their second game in a row 104-100 over San Antonio.

Magic vs. Cavs: Irving Too Much for Orlando


The Orlando Magic's second-half comeback falls short as Cleveland holds on to win, 114-111. Glen Davis scores 27 points along with 8 rebounds in the Magic loss.

Magic vs. Hornets: Orlando Falls in Exhibition

Three Orlando Magic players scored in double figures, led by point guard E'Twaun Moore with 16 points and seven assists, in their 85-80 loss to New Orleans.

Dwight Howard Thanks Fans with Newspaper Ad

Dwight Howard places full-page newspaper ad thanking Orlando and its fans.

Message to Orlando Magic Fans from Alex Martins, Rob Hennigan, and Jacque Vaughn


Recently, Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins, general manager Rob Hennigan, and head coach Jacque Vaughn got together to deliver a positive, encouraging message to Magic fans...

Magic Release 2012/13 Schedule


The 2012-13 Orlando Magic schedule has been released

Report: Magic May Wait on Dwight Howard Trade


Chris Broussard of ESPN writes that the Magic may wait awhile before dealing Dwight Howard

Possible Magic Head-Coaching Hires


Orlando Magic head-coaching candidates

Cleveland Cavaliers may be in on Dwight Howard trade talks

Cleveland Cavaliers may be in on Dwight Howard trade talks

Dwight Howard Trade Not Imminent


Latest on the trade talks involving Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Draft 2012 Prospect Profile: Tyler Zeller

Orlando Pinstriped Post continues its series on 2012 NBA draft prospects, profiling North Carolina center/power forward Tyler Zeller.

NBA Draft 2012 Prospect Profile: Terrence Ross

Orlando Pinstriped Post continues its series on 2012 draft prospects, profiling Washington swingman Terrence Ross.

NBA Draft 2012 Prospect Profile: John Jenkins

Orlando Pinstriped Post continues its profiles on 2012 NBA draft prospects with John Jenkins of Vanderbilt.

NBA Draft 2012 Prospect Profile: Royce White

Orlando Pinstriped Post continues its profiles of draft prospects with Royce White of Iowa State.

NBA Draft 2012 Prospect Profile: Perry Jones

Orlando Pinstriped Post examines Baylor forward Perry Jones as its series on 2012 NBA Draft prospects for the Orlando Magic continues.

NBA Draft 2012 Prospect Profile: Marquis Teague

Orlando Pinstriped Post continues its series of 2012 NBA Draft prospect profiles with this look at Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague.

NBA Draft 2012 Prospect Profile: Jeffery Taylor

Orlando Pinstriped Post continues its series of NBA Draft prospect profiles with this look at Vanderbilt swingman Jeff Taylor.


The Best and Worst Games for the Magic in the 2012 Season

A summary of the Orlando Magic's best and worst games of the 2012 season.

2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers Vs. Magic Game Four: Indiana Edges Orlando, 101-99, in Overtime Despite Spirited Magic Comeback

Pacers defeat Magic 101-99 in OT. Magic comeback from 19 point fourth-quarter deficit falls short.

2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers vs. Magic Game Two: Indiana Crushes Orlando in Third Quarter to Even Series

Pacers even up series against Magic with 93-78 win. Three Pacers score 18 points.

Grizzlies 88, Magic 76: Hedo Turkoglu Scores 18 Points in Return to Orlando Lineup in Loss

Grizzlies top Magic 88-76 to clinch home court advantage in the first round. Hedo Turkoglu scores 18 points in his return to the Magic lineup.

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