ESPN The New Orleans Hornets are expected to become the New Orleans Pelicans, perhaps as early as the 2013-14 season, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Yahoo! Sports, citing numerous sources, reports the team also considered Krewe and Brass as potential nicknames. The Hornets have planned to change their name since New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who also owns the rights to the Pelicans nickname, bought the team in April. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said in November he’d be interested in bringing the Hornets’ name back to Charlotte. “It’s definitely an interest down the road, but right now it’s the New Orleans Hornets,” Jordan told the Charlotte Observer. “We would definitely entertain the opportunity. That’s as much as we can say right now. We’ve heard the community ask the question, and we would listen.” The pelican is Louisiana’s state bird and appears on both the state seal and flag. A New Orleans minor league baseball team held the Pelicans nickname in all but nine seasons from 1887-1959, and again in 1977. The Hornets moved to New Orleans from Charlotte in 2002, and when Benson bought the team earlier this year, he said he would like to change the name to something more fitting of Louisiana. His wife, Gayle, reiterated that idea and added that the franchise also would like to change the team colors from teal and purple to red, gold and navy blue.
The pelicans? Are you kidding me? That has to be the all-time worst franchise name in professional history.
I mean how unintimidating are pelicans? They are large, clumsy looking sea birds who are constantly getting covered in oil during oil spills, and getting scrubbed down by hairy hippie chicks with toothbrushes. They were even the cement mixers on The Flintstones, and when they would finish their disappointing work day having cement mixed in their mouth, they’d shrug and say “It’s a living…”
Anything is more intimidating than a pelican. What other animals are indigenous to the Mississippi River.Delta? The Gators? The Catfish? The Crawdads? To tell you the truth I even like “The Brass” which was mentioned in the ESPN article above more than the Pelicans.
The only good that can come out of this is the Charlotte Bobcats could go back to the Hornets, and no organization needs a total scheme change more than the horrific Bobcats, who have zero tradition and have never been good.
Luckily Sportsmasher.com is here to fix the problem:
– The Charlotte Bobcats go back to the Charlotte Hornets.
– The New Orleans Hornets go back to the New Orleans Jazz. There is no Jazz in Utah, because the Mormons are lame.
– The Utah Jazz become the Utah Yetis and I know that Yeti only live in the Himalayas but, Salt Lake City is the closest NBA city we have to Tibet. Deal with it.