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of Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac have given the Or­lando Magic a buzz, Mike Bianchi writes.

Run­ning off at the type­writer … Do you sense it, Or­lando? Can you feel it? Do you hear it? It’s a buzz, I’m telling you — a real, live, hon­est-to-good­ness, bona fide buzz for the Or­lando Magic’s two young big men: Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba.

At first I didn’t be­lieve it was there, but if you stand real still and lis­ten real close, you can def­i­nitely hear it. In fact, af­ter more care­ful ex­am­i­na­tion with pre­cise sci­en­tific equip­ment, I have con­firmed there is the slight­est seis­mic shift in the at­ti­tude of Magic fans due to the ex­cite­ment cre­ated by Isaac and Bamba dur­ing the NBA Sum­mer League in Vegas.

Head­line at Ya­ “Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac are lat­est hope for Magic: They

feel a buzz in Or­lando.”

Head­line at the “Jonathan Isaac Could Be the One to Break the Magic Curse.”

Fans on so­cial me­dia are even start­ing to come up with nick­names for the two play­ers with the wide wing­spans:

“Charis­matic Con­dors” “Magic MoJo” “The SWAT Team.”

I know, I know, it’s only sum­mer league, when most team ros­ters are filled with play­ers who won’t even be in the the NBA next year. Who cares? Af­ter six de­bil­i­tat­ing years of mis­er­able los­ing, Magic fans will take their buzz wher­ever and when­ever they can get it.

SHORT STUFF: Speak­ing of the Magic, they have right­fully de­cided to sus­pend busi­ness re­la­tions with Papa John’s af­ter the pizza com­pany chair­man’s use of a racial slur. Mean­while, Or­lando City has not yet de­cided whether to cut ties af­ter Papa John’s founder and chair­man of the board John Sch­nat­ter re­signed af­ter Forbes re­ported he used the N-word dur­ing a com­pany con­fer­ence call. Be­lieve it or not, the con­fer­ence call was be­ing held to — wait for it — dis­cuss how to avoid bad pub­lic­ity. Per­son­ally, if I were run­ning a sports fran­chise, I would cut ties with Papa John’s for two rea­sons — (1) Bad PR and (2) Worse pizza. …

The fact that Croa­tia, a coun­try of 4 mil­lion peo­ple, can make the World Cup fi­nal and the United States, a coun­try of 325 mil­lion peo­ple, can’t even make the tour­na­ment is our big­gest na­tional em­bar­rass­ment since Paris

Hil­ton. …Hey, we wanted the Or­lando City Lions to make his­tory this year, right? Well, they have — for all the wrong rea­sons. Never in the an­nals of MLS has a team posted six straight vic­to­ries and fol­lowed it up by a los­ing streak that has lasted nine matches, seven weeks and three coaches. … What a week it’s been for Tim

Te­bow, who hit a dou­ble in the East­ern League All-Star Game, got an­nounced for the Florida Ga­tors Ring of Honor and was re­vealed to be dat­ing Miss Uni­verse 2017. Could it be that the rea­son there are so many Te­bow crit­ics is be­cause the haters are sim­ply jeal­ous of Timmy’s great­ness — and his good­ness? … Af­ter I went on the Paul

Finebaum Show ear­lier this week to talk about UCF and McKen­zie Mil­ton’s Heis­man cam­paign, na­tional ra­dio host and col­lege foot­ball com­men­ta­tor Tim Brando tweeted at me: “Bianchi was spo­ton with Finebaum. McKen­zie Mil­ton is a le­git­i­mate Heis­man con­tender and be­gins as the leader in the club­house be­fore we kick this year. Not a great year for QBs, but this kid is spe­cial.” … Did you see where FIFA, in an ef­fort to tackle sex­ism in soc­cer, wants to crack down on its TV part­ners’ pen­chant for show­ing crowd shots of “hot women” at World Cup games? My ques­tion: Does any­body even know what qual­i­fies as sex­ism in to­day’s ul­tra-sen­si­tive world? Com­ing soon: Thought po­lice try to get

Roy Or­bi­son’s “Pretty Woman” retroac­tively banned for be­ing an ode to the misog­y­nis­tic ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of the fe­male pop­u­la­tion. …

Speak­ing of sex­ism, can you be­lieve new Carolina Pan­thers owner David

Tep­per is “con­trac­tu­ally obligated” to keep a 13-foot-high statue of for­mer owner and team founder Jerry Richard­son, who sold the team amid re­ports of sex­ual and racial mis­con­duct? Maybe there should be a Statue of Lib­erty-like plaque at the base of Richard­son’s statue: “Give me your big­ots, your chau­vin­ists and your sex­ual ha­rassers.” … The Magic’s Aaron Gordon says his new four-year $76-mil­lon deal “brought tears to my eyes.” This, ladies and gentle­men, is the first con­firmed case of some­one who ac­tu­ally was cry­ing all the way to the bank. … Ear­lier this week, the Tampa Bay Rays un­veiled an ex­ten­sive plan for a new $900 mil­lion sta­dium with a translu­cent dome to be built in the Ybor City sec­tion of Tampa. The sta­dium plan, of course, left out one im­por­tant piece of in­for­ma­tion: Who’s go­ing to pay for it? De­tails, de­tails!

LAST WORD: In honor of the World Cup fi­nal on Sun­day, let us all re­mem­ber this quote from au­thor un­known: “Life is like a game of soc­cer. You need goals. If there are no goals in your life, then you can’t win.”


Buzz is build­ing for Mo Bamba, right, and Jonathan Isaac.


Magic big man Jonathan Isaac is grab­bing at­ten­tion as he and Mo Bamba put on a show at the Sum­mer League.

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