02 August 2007

NBA Schedule Unkind to Magic

I came home from work today fully intending to write a long-winded post about the Orlando Magic's 2007/2008 schedule, but when I opened my RSS aggregator, I saw that Four Free Throws beat me to it (rated PG-13 for language). Here's an excerpt that illustrates how hard this season will be:

If those 11 away games in November aren't enough, then the fact that we play 14 of our 30 games against Western Conference opponents in the first two months should sway your opinion against the NBA's scheduling geniuses. Oh, and 9 of those games are AWAY games. Yes, that's right, almost TWO THIRDS of our away games against the western conference are in the first two months. That's brutal.
To add insult to injury, the Magic will be featured on national television exactly once: April 5th against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

I understand that the Magic aren't a big-market team, but shouldn't the addition of Rashard Lewis to the team draw some sort of national interest? Shouldn't the opportunity to see Dwight Howard dunk all over people make people want to see the Magic? It's like we were a mediocre team last year or something.

Oh, wait.

Anyway, here is a list of ten eleven Magic games to look forward to next season:

2 Nov7:00 PMOur first shot at revenge against the team that beat us 8 times last season.
10 Nov7:00 PMFans in Orlando get their opportunity to boo Grant Hill and his Suns teammates into oblivion.
18 Nov6:00 PMThe Garnett/Allen/Pierce trio makes its Orlando debut.
21 Novat

8:30 PMWe'll find out just how well the Magic measure-up to the world-champion Spurs.
24 Nov7:00 PMStan Van Gundy tries to outcoach his teacher as his Magic take on divsion-rivals Miami Heat
26 Novat 10:00 PMDwight Howard vs. Greg Oden. 'Nuff said.
15 Dec7:00 PMThe Magic's first opportunity to crush Darko Milicic's soul.
31 Decat 2:00 PMWe get our first crack at Chicago, one of the East's top teams.
2 Jan7:00 PMWe ring in the New Year against New Jersey, a team against which we'll be vying for playoff position.
4 Feb7:00 PMThe Mavericks come to town to face us as part of a five-game homestand against teams that made the playoffs last year. The season could hang in the balance.
16 April7:00 PMWe close out the season against Washington, a tough divisional opponent. Given how evenly matched we are with them, this game could have huge playoff implications.

UPDATE: In my haste to get this entry posted, I forgot to add one important link. You can click here to purchase 2007/2008 Orlando Magic season-ticket plans. I'll let you know when individual game tickets can be purchased.

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