New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby lakerfan2 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:54 pm

The New Orleans Hornets plan to announce the official change of their nickname to the Pelicans and unveil their new colors and logo during a news conference Thursday, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Hornets will have a new look next season. (USA TODAY Sports)
The new nickname, colors and logo will be used during the 2013-14 season. The colors will be blue, gold and red. Yahoo! Sports first reported the expected change Dec. 4. The Hornets had been expected to change their identity since being purchased by Tom Benson on April 14.
Benson owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans. It has not been determined when Pelicans merchandise will be available.
The Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, which is known as the Pelican State. The Pelican is also on license plates, the state flag, the state seal and the state painting. The bird symbolizes Louisiana's environmental recovery from oil spills. There was also a minor-league baseball team in New Orleans called the Pelicans from 1887-1959 and 1977 of which Benson was fond.
[Also: Seattle shouldn't 'celebrate too early']
The name "Pelicans" has received a lot of criticism from Hornets fans and NBA followers. During the news conference, a video is expected to be shown explaining the history behind the nickname and what it means to New Orleans and the state. There was similar resistance when the Seatte SuperSonics changed their nickname to Thunder when the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, but now the nickname is widely accepted.
The Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002. Some fans are hoping the Charlotte Bobcats change their name back to the Hornets, considering the change in New Orleans. A source said the Bobcats will do their due diligence in considering a switch back to the Hornets, but nothing is imminent.


http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--new-orleans-hornets-to-announce-change-to-pelicans-at-thursday-news-conference-181328311.html

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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby BigDan24 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:16 pm

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Worst Franchise name in professional sports.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby Weezy on Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:10 pm

Sounds like a D-League name, like the "Mad Ants" that played the D-Fenders recently, hornets sounds cool, pelicans sounds lame.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby therealdeal on Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:52 pm

This is going to be awesome, you're all just haters.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:00 pm

therealdeal wrote:This is going to be awesome, you're all just haters.


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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby 432J on Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:18 pm

:man10: :man10: :man10:

at least this means the bobcats will now consider changing their name back to the charlotte hornets. it'll be just like the old days with the seattle supersonics coming back and perhaps the charlotte hornets. all we need is the vancouver grizzlies
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby lakerfan2 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:08 pm

Imagine if the Memphis changed their names to the (Moon) Shiners.

That'd be sick. :man1:
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby Balance&Options24 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:47 pm

I can see players leaving New Orleans just on the name alone.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:11 pm

They should've kept the Jazz and Utah gets the Hornets for being the Beehive State.

But that's too easy I guess....

I think that Swamp Dogs would've been even funnier though.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:34 pm

Let me go on record with the first nickname: The Pelican'ts!!
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby dj vitus on Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:09 pm

I want to see Haddadi, Gallinari and Belineli traded to the Peli's.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby khmrP on Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:22 pm

Horrible.......
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby Helljumper on Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:14 pm

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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby therealdeal on Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:18 pm

I told my buddies, the logo looks bad***. :man10:

Just take the name out and the logo looks pretty cool.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby ThizGuy83 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:43 pm

nice logo... bad name... like a girl that is a buttaface
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby Psychobroker on Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:35 pm

"The bird symbolizes Louisiana's environmental recovery from oil spills"


:hurl: :lol:

Couldn't just call em the Gators, Cajuns, Steamers (i.e. Steamboats), or heck, even the Crawfish is better..

I'm just going to call them the Pee-cans :man10:
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby XXIV on Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:38 pm

Not a great name but it's logo is pretty cool.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby gcclaker on Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:33 pm

Sounds like something out of the old ABA... Their mascot alone should be a riot.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby 432J on Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:48 pm

cool logo

now change the bobcats name to the hornets!
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby LTLakerFan on Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:17 pm

BigDan24 wrote::man10:
Worst Franchise name in professional sports.


And one of the goofiest looking birds in professional birding. The Mighty Ducks say hello and have fun with that.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:27 pm

Before we start dissing the pelican.... this is how gangster this bird is...... :man4: :bow:
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby ZenMaster4President on Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:43 pm

People speaking up on pelicans have no idea. These are vicious predatory birds.

Now, the name sucks because of that perception, but the birds are cool.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby Eyedol1933 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:57 am

puffyusaf#2 wrote:Before we start dissing the pelican.... this is how gangster this bird is...... :man4: :bow:


Wow! :man4: I wonder if the bread crumbs set it off or if it was going to eat the pigeon anyway.
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby Lakeshow24 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:14 am

WEAK name. Might as well start coming up with any idea, like, New Orleans Gumbo's or something. What makes a Pelican so special...?
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Re: New Orleans Hornets to change name to Pelicans

Postby hollywood swinger on Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:27 am

i'm liking it.

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