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

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Chicago White Sox
  • NBA Orlando Magic
  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
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Jazz 117, Magic 107 (OT): Depleted Orlando Squad Gives Another Great Effort in Loss to Utah

Jazz beat injury-depleted Magic squad in OT 117-107. Jameer Nelson scores 23 points, 9 assists.

Celtics 102, Magic 98: Boston's Paul Pierce Comes Up Big to Hold Off Orlando Comeback Attempt


Celtics hold off Magic 102-98. Paul Pierce scores 29 points along with 14 assists.

Magic 100, Cavaliers 84: Daniel Orton Impresses as Injury-Plagued Orlando Clinches Playoff Spot


Magic beat Cavaliers, 100-84, despite losing Glen Davis to injury. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 21 points.

Wizards 93, Magic 85: Orlando Struggles Offensively in Loss to Washington


Wizards break nine-game losing streak to Magic in 93-85 win. Kevin Seraphin scores a career-high 24 points and grabs a career-high 13 rebounds.

Magic 88, 76ers 82: Dwight Howard's 20 Points, 22 Rebounds Help Orlando End Five-Game Losing Streak


Magic end five-game losing streak with 88-82 win over 76ers. Glen Davis scored 23 points, Dwight Howard 20 points along with 22 rebounds.

Pistons 102, Magic 95: Career-High 31 From Glen Davis Not Enough as Depleted Magic Lose Fourth in a Row


The depleted Orlando Magic fell to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, 102-95, despite a career-best 31 points from Glen Davis.

Nuggets 104, Magic 101: Orlando Puts up Fight Without Dwight Howard, but Denver Prevails


The Denver Nuggets held off the Orlando Magic, 104-101, as Dwight Howard missed game due to sore back. Jameer Nelson's 27 points weren't enough for Orlando, which has lost each of its last three...

Knicks 108, Magic 86: Shorthanded New York Throttles Listless Orlando


The New York Knicks routed the Orlando Magic, 108-86, on Wednesday behind twin 25-point outings from Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert During a 13-minute stretch bridging the second and third...

Magic 93, Cavaliers 80: All Five Orlando Starters Score in Double Figures in Win


The Orlando Magic defeated Cleveland Cavaliers, 93-80 on Friday to pick up their second straight victory. Ryan Anderson led five Magic players in double-figures with 17 points, while Dwight Howard...

Magic 103, Suns 93: Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard Lead Orlando to Victory


The Magic stop a two-game losing streak with a 103-93 win over Suns. Ryan Anderson scored 29 points while Dwight Howard had 28 for Orlando.

Bulls 85, Magic 59: Stifling Chicago Defense Embarrasses Orlando in Rout


No Derrick Rose, no problem for Bulls in 85-59 rout of Magic. The 59 points was the fewest points ever scored by a Bulls' opponent.

Magic 86, Nets 70: Balanced Scoring Leads Orlando Over Injury-Depleted New Jersey


Six Orlando Magic players scored in double figures to lead the team over the New Jersey Nets on Friday, 84-70. The Nets were without Deron Williams, Jordan Farmar, Gerald Wallace, and Brook Lopez.

Magic 104, Heat 98 (OT): Jameer Nelson, Dwight Howard Lead Orlando to Comeback Win


The Magic beat the Heat, 104-98, overcoming a 13-point third-quarter deficit. Dwight Howard scores 24 points along with 26 rebounds, Jameer Nelson added a season-high 25 points.

Magic 99, Bulls 94: Behind Dwight Howard, Orlando Ends Chicago's Eight-Game Win Streak


The Magic shocked the league-leading Chicago Bulls, 99-94, on Thursday, ending Chicago's Bulls' eight game winning streak comes to an end.

Charlotte Bobcats 100, Orlando Magic 84


Bobcats stun Magic 100-84 after falling behind by 20 points in the first half. Corey Maggette scored 29 points to lead the Bobcats.

Orlando Magic 92, Toronto Raptors 88


Orlando Magic defeat Toronto 92-88. Dwight Howard scored 36 points along with 13 rebounds.

Orlando Magic 114, Milwaukee Bucks 98


Six Orlando Magic players scored in double figures in a 114-98 Magic victory over Milwaukee. It was the Magic's 13th win in a row in Orlando over the Bucks.

Orlando Magic 102, Washington Wizards 95


Seven Magic players scored in double figures to as the Magic held off Washington 102-95. Ryan Anderson led the Magic with 23 points, 15 rebounds.

Orlando Magic 108, New Jersey Nets 91


Seven Magic players score in double figures as the Magic defeat New Jersey 108-91.

Miami Heat 90, Orlando Magic 78


Heat defeat Magic 90-78 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Orlando Magic 103, Philadelphia 76ers 87


Magic continue strong play as six players score in double figures in 103-87 victory over 76ers. It was the Magic's 8th win in their last 10 games.

Orlando Magic 99, Milwaukee Bucks 94


Jason Richardson's nine three-point field goals and 31 points lead Magic to 99-94 comeback win over Milwaukee.

Orlando Magic 102, Miami Heat 89


Orlando Magic defeat Miami Heat 102-89, behind double-doubled from Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson.

Orlando Magic 85, Indiana Pacers 81


Orlando Magic defeat Indiana Pacers 85-81 behind 28 points from Dwight Howard. The Magic have now won three games in a row.


Post-Game Recap: Magic 109, Wizards 103

The Orlando Magic (13-9) had a long-overdue offensive explosion, scoring 40 fourth quarter points to break open a 71-71 tie early in the quarter on their way to the 109-103 victory over the woeful...


Post-Game Recap: 76ers 74, Magic 69

In a very low-scoring game that wasn't as close as the final score might indicate, Andre Iguodala scored 14 points along with 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals to lead Philadelphia (15-6) over...


Magic vs 76ers Game Preview and Thread

Not sure if a game preview will be posted on the main page, so I put this one up as a fan post. The struggling Orlando Magic have their work cut out for them tonight, as they face the much-improved...


A breakdown of the Magic's historically bad night against Boston

Ed. note: I'm letting Mike's analysis here serve as a Magic/Celtics game recap. - EDIn a performance that absolutely no one saw coming, the struggling Celtics, who were 0-6 against winning teams...


NBA over/under win totals and championship odds for the Magic has come out with the championship odds and win totals for each NBA team. For the Orlando Magic, the over/under on wins is 37 (at -110 odds), while the odds for the Magic to win the...


Magic 2011-12 season schedule released

The Magic will open the season Sunday, Dec. 25th at Oklahoma City at 8 PM, and will host their home opener the very next night, Monday, Dec. 26th, against Houston at 7 PM. The season ends on...

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