The New Orleans Pelicans debuted as a franchise last night, losing 95-90 to the Indiana Pacers, and they also debuted their terrifying new mascot Pierre The Pelican. Truly the stuff of nightmares. I assumed Pierre The Pelican would look like a goofy and lovable French muppet of some sort, and not like the mutant child of the devil and swamp thing. Pierre looks like a creature that has been pulling unsuspecting campers out of their canoes and into the lake in a horror movie, and not like an NBA mascot that will be involved in a trampoline dunk contest against the Phoenix Suns Go-Rilla. At least Pierre is different though, actually the more I look at him, the more I like his “creepy mascot with an edge” vibe. Keep doing your thing, Pierre.
Note: A reader just pointed out that Pierre The Pelican is actually yellow/brown, and not green like in the picture above, and looks much less creepy on the court: