New Orleans Hornets to Change Name to Pelicans

This is a tad off topic, but it’s definitely worth blogging about.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the New Orleans Hornets are reportedly going to change their team name to the New Orleans Pelicans effective for the 2013-2014 season.

Team owner Tom Benson, who bought the Hornets back in April and is the owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, has wanted to change the name of the team to something that would be fitting to the state of Louisiana.

The pelican is the official state bird of Louisiana, and it appears on the state flag and seal as well. The Pelicans were also a minor league baseball team based in New Orleans from 1887-1977.

As far as the The New Orleans Hornets go, the team first started out as the Charlotte Hornets back during the 1988-1989 season. In 2002, they moved to New Orleans and kept the same name. Meanwhile, the league granted the city of Charlotte an expansion team for the 2004-2005 season, which would end up being the Charlotte Bobcats.

Analysis

When I first heard the Hornets were reportedly going to change their team name I kind of laughed. I mean can you see players telling their agents, “I want to be a Pelican!”

Besides, I find pelicans to be kind of creepy. Those long beaks and mouths are just freaky. I think I feel like this because they remind me of that flying dinosaur from the mediocre Jurassic Park 3who trampled all over a main character, and tried to bring another to feed to its young. Just creepy, but I won’t hate on pelicans. That’s just the way they were made. It’s not their fault.

Now that the news has sunk in, I understand where Brown is coming from. A pelican is part of Louisiana’s history, which I respect. However, If we’re going to change names, we might as well change the names of the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, and Memphis Grizzlies.

It would’ve been nice to see the Hornets become the Jazz again like they were during the days of ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich. I also like the idea of the New Orleans Sound. It’s a fitting alternative to the Jazz, and a nice tribute to the musical past that New Orleans offers.

I also find it interesting that Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is open to the idea of bringing back the Hornets name to Charlotte. Apparently, there’s a small group of fans who long for the past to a point where more fans are wearing the old-school Hornets apparel rather than wearing Bobcats apparel.

We shall see.

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