OT: New Orleans Pelicans???

Submitted by robbyt003 on December 4th, 2012 at 7:43 PM

 

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.

 

LINK  Well I must say, Pelicans is an upgrade over Krewe and Brass.

Comments

snarling wolverine

December 4th, 2012 at 8:14 PM ^

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?  

howmuch

December 5th, 2012 at 12:55 PM ^

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.

http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2012/12/initial_reaction_to_pelicans_n.html#incart_m-rpt-2

 

jmblue

December 4th, 2012 at 8:35 PM ^

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.

jmblue

December 5th, 2012 at 12:49 PM ^

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.

Guttman

December 4th, 2012 at 9:19 PM ^

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!

NYWolverine

December 4th, 2012 at 10:25 PM ^

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.

Section 1

December 4th, 2012 at 8:17 PM ^

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?

You're welcome.

[edit. - woops; guess I wasn't the only one with this idea]