but Krewe? Are they competing in AAU leagues?
OT: New Orleans Pelicans???
You realize Krewe is a very popular term there. It is what they call the “crew” or club that sponsor and make the Mardi Gras celebrations. Many join one and are also constant social clubs or party.
Thanks for the info.
Were they hoping not to sell any merchandise at all? If that is their goal they may achieve it.
Well, if you think about it . . . are Yankees, Packers, 49ers, Red Sox, Lakers, etc. really "tough" nicknames? Sometimes uniqueness is the real key.
I will be waiting for you to post a picture with your "Pelicans" jersey.
Well, you'll be waiting awhile for that one, because I've outgrown the habit of wearing sports team jerseys.
Really, though, think about it . . . the most popular franchises in baseball are called the Yankees and Red Sox? The most popular franchise in basketball is the Lakers? There's an NFL team called the Ravens, and an NHL team called the Penguins. Are those names really more badass than Pelicans?
That, and the yankees, red sox, and lakers have a history of winning.
That's the point. People don't care what a sports franchise's name is if it's successful.
But they're not successful. That's the point. :P
Will a particular name make the team successful?
If yes, choose that name.
If no, who the fuck cares what they are called?
People thought the Oklahoma City Thunder was a ridiculous name (me included), no one cares about the name anymore..they are just another good NBA team.
They all sound stupid at first but you just get used to them
I have a feeling that if New Orleans was your team you would not be so willing to have a Pelican for your mascot.
Louisiana is the Pelican State. The state flag has a pelican on it. It's not just some random name. It has an association with the area. What's the problem?
lol stop feeding the trolls, snarling wolverine. Totally agree. If LeBron plays for the Pelicans, the Pelicans will have the top-selling jersey. Hell, you could make their uniforms ugly as sin as well and it'd still be the top-seller
If we had a team called the Detroit Robins, would we embrace it? I think so. Baltimore embraces their Orioles. But here's the thing... a pelican is a goofy ass bird.
Uhhh, helloo..They bring babies to loving mothers and fathers!...ahhh shucks, that's a stork.
I currently live in New Orleans and I thought this would the type of name that people down here would embrace. For reasons that nobody can really put their finger on, everyone down here seem to hate it. The Pelicans name is about as popular as Maryland and Rutgers being added to the B1G.
I don't see what's wrong with it. It's the weird, outside-the-box names that are the most memorable. The Detroit franchise is named after an auto engine part, for crying out loud.
I think I'd actually be more likely to buy a shirt with a cartoon pelican on it than one with a "scary" mascot like a panther or whatever.
The Fort Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit. It just happened to be more appropriate.
Since Zollner's company there made pistons.
Though I still like how Green Bay basically sold it's naming rights for uniforms and equipment.
Yeah, I know the history behind the name Pistons. I'm just saying though, the franchise never felt any need to change the nickname into something "tougher." Ditto for the Red Wings - that's a pretty weird name if you think about it.
I think Ravens is a pretty badass nickname.
It was to honor Edger Allen Poe’s, The Raven, as it was written while Poe was in Baltimore. Poe’s Raven can be quite menacing.
I'm sure "let's read this to the boys before they go to bed" seemed like a great idea at the time. How would the dads know their attempt at getting a bunch of 10 year-olds interested in literature would have such impact?
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!
New Orleans Pelicans is hardly unique. That was the name of their MLB team into the 1940s. You can buy Cooperstown classics replica jerseys and hats. A lot of people do. I'd guess a lot of fans in N'awlins will embrace this reimagining of an old franchise name anew. I think it's cool, and hope they do go retro with the logo and alt designs. Google "new Orleans pelicans" baseball to see what I mean.
I get the reasoning behind it, but it's still fruity and horrible...
No worse name would have been Hurricanes .
Will the mascot be coated with crude oil?
I know a few girls that would make a good mascot for this team. They look nothing like pelicans, but they sure could swallow.
I'd take the Krewe or the Brass over the Pelicans. The Pelicans nickname just doesn't fit like the other two.
Go back to New Orlean Jazz and make Utah change their name.
It's a shame New Orleans couldn't trade the Hornets name to Utah to get the Jazz nickname back. Would have been too logical, I suppose.
Legal issue or awesome? Or both
Considering that Utah is the Beehive State, that is WAY too logical
Does that mean the bobcats are going to change back to hornets?
Jordan mentioned he would be open to that so expect it at some point.
I think they should be the Krewe and Brass because of Jazz..errr yes Salt Lake should give them back there name.
Here's an idea; a name for a New Orleans NBA basketball franchise. Call them the Jazz. Obvious, right? New Orleans; birthplace of jazz. Basketball; the jazziest of all sports with a quintet of players all improvising. The Jazz. It's so obvious. Who else would use a name like the Jazz? Like, some team in Utah? Are you kiddking?
[edit. - woops; guess I wasn't the only one with this idea]
What are the New Orleans Hornets ?
Haha. I asked the same thing.
Jerry Kill hereby petitions Norwood Teague to change their name to the Minnesota Intheweightrooms
Louisiana is the Pelican State... I don't see how Pelicans is any worse than Hornets or Bobcats.
It just sounds strange to me. I've never heard of anyone having a Pelican as a mascot.
Needs to cough up the Jazz name, it's ridiculous. New Orleans should be the jazz, it's ridiculous.
When you think about it, it really is. Why didn't they change their name when they moved to Utah in the first place?
The whitest state in the union screams the true roots of jazz.
You should visit sometime, after sailing on a clipper in one of the many Los Angeles lakes.
An image of Denzel and Julia with one hand each on a basketball, and underneath in John Grisham style font: The New Orleans Pelican Briefs.
For making all the good jokes.
Hey Sacramento, give Rochester no scratch that give Cincy back the Royals name no wait you don't have that name give Omaha back the Kings name no wait give KC back aw never mind. What a trail of futility (signed an aggravated KC-Omaha fan).
Brass is awesome.
I am glad Charlotte will become the Hornets again. I will buy some Charlotte shirts because that purple and teal color scheme is nice.
Lets not jump to conclusions. Maybe they're referencing the Halo transporter.
I NEED TO PLAY HALO NOW.
Makes me think about other questionably named mascots. Like a buckeye, perhaps.
I suppose it's better than the New Orleans Whores
New Orleans Rising Suns come to mind. (or Redlights?)
/love your avatar, btw. one of my fav pics.
No it isn't.
Except they would go with the shortened version "Ho" and would spell it "Heaux".
Home of pirates, drunks, and whores! New Orleans! Tacky overpriced souvenir stores!
Since I'm based in Nola, I feel like I ought to chime in. Krewe and Brass are great, IMHO. Pelicans is kind of lame. There is a reason the state bird is the pelican. The legend is that if food is scarce, a mother pelican will use her bill and cut open her own breast, then feed the blood to her baby pelicans. That's why on the state flag you often see the blood drops on the pelican. The symbol doesn't really apply to basketball, and I think Krewe is much better fitting.
Krewe might be cool for New Orleansers (New Orleansites? Nolans? The hell if I know) but nobody else would've got it, honestly. I've even been there twice and spent two years working with a guy who graduated from Tulane and loved telling Mardi Gras stories and I never, ever heard the word until today. If I were from Nola I'd feel lucky for not having to forever explain to scoffing out-of-towners why my basketball team's new name is not in fact best suited for the D-League, which is what 90% of folks would've assumed.
Seconded. Krewe would be really cool
But I'd also like the New Orleans Professor Longhairs.
Logically, they'd be called the Jazz, and I bet Utah would give the name up if they could be called the Utah Fightin' Mormons.
"They eat animals whole. I'm absolutely ecstatic."
This reminds me of that scene form Elf where the guys are talking about vulnerable vegetables.
I like it. Pelicans are funny.
How about the fightin' incarceration?
Pelicants only a matter of time.
Utah Jazz is ridiculous. LA Lakers not very far behind.
They could be the Crawfish. At least those have claws. Or the Dirty Rice.