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Old 12-04-2012, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Hornets are changing their names to...

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@AlexKennedyNBA: The New Orleans Hornets are expected to become the New Orleans Pelicans, according to @SpearsNBAYahoo: http://t.co/49cuJhG0
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh it's verified.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources...231227843.html
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The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season, numerous sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14. Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans.
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The Hornets also considered the nicknames Krewe (groups of costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans) and Brass.
Louisiana is the Pelican State. The brown pelican is the state bird and appears on the state flag and seal, and official state painting. Moreover, the Pelicans played minor league baseball in New Orleans in all but nine seasons from 1887-1959 and in 1977.
Gayle Benson, Benson's wife, told Fox Sports New Orleans recently her preference for new team colors was navy blue, red and gold.
The Hornets came to New Orleans in 2002 from Charlotte. New Orleans has also had an NBA team called the Jazz, which moved to Salt Lake City in 1979.
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Oh snap haha.

Charlotte Bobcats fans rejoice. You're getting your Hornets back.

New Orleans fans....cringe....
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The Pelicans... Seriously? That'd be a horrible name for a grade school team let alone an NBA team. What a joke.
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It makes sense. It's their state bird and it's on their state flag.
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It makes sense. It's their state bird and it's on their state flag.
Who cares if it is on a state flag? Calling a professional sports team "Pelicans" is nothing short of horrible. The team may as well keep the "Hornets" nickname.
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You guys think that's bad? Wait until they go the Minnesota/Charlotte route and emblazon the chest with "CANS"
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The Pelicans... Seriously? That'd be a horrible name for a grade school team let alone an NBA team. What a joke.
Yeah, let's just be grateful that no one's named a professional team after that awful Disney flick, The Mighty Ducks. That would be really bad.
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I like people say every new name is horrible. You know how much shit you would get naming a team the Lakers today with no history.
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At least "Lakers" has a modicum of creativity. Taking a lame state bird is lazy and...lame.
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I like people say every new name is horrible. You know how much shit you would get naming a team the Lakers today with no history.
Or clippers.

I don't get it, is Pelican's supposed to be a bad name because it's not some beastly animal? Why is no one mocking the bucks, cardinals or mighty ducks?
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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At least "Lakers" has a modicum of creativity. Taking a lame state bird is lazy and...lame.
Not to mention the pelican is the mascot of Tulane University, which also is located in New Orleans. So know we're talking about a university and a professional team in the same city sharing the same mascot nickname.

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I don't get it, is Pelican's supposed to be a bad name because it's not some beastly animal? Why is no one mocking the bucks, cardinals or mighty ducks?
No, "Pelicans" is a bad name to me because it sounds cumbersome and rather comical. I just have visions of a big-beaked bird that eats fish. The imagery I associate with a pelican is not awe-inspiring nor does it lend itself to effective marketing or branding.
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