December 04, 2012

The New Orleans Hornets are changing their names to the Pelicans: Look at the Pelican fly, come on Pelican!

posted by phaedon to basketball at 07:56 PM - 13 comments

Hopefully this means that Charlotte will get their Hornets name back. After all, it's a well-deserved named for the city.

posted by NoMich at 08:29 PM on December 04

If there was any justice in the world, New Orleans would have gotten the Jazz name back.

posted by holden at 09:06 PM on December 04

I hope the Myrtle Beach Pelicans seek an injunction.

posted by Mookieproof at 09:21 PM on December 04

Jordan wants the Hornets name back, so he said.

This Pelican thing just makes me think of all the oil soaked shorebirds after the BP oil rig blowout. Maybe Dawn detergent can become a sponsor.

What ought to happen is the Hornets name goes back to NC, the Jazz name goes back to New Orleans, and Mark Eaton's old team gets renamed the Utah Salty Lakers.

Or Rock Goblins, Arches, Mesas, Buttes, something...

Or we let Dennis Rodman name the team.

posted by beaverboard at 09:23 PM on December 04

Look at the Pelican fly, come on Pelican

posted by tommytrump at 10:06 PM on December 04

A wonderful bird is the pelican, His bill will hold more than his belly can He can take in his beak Food enough for a week, But I'm damned if I see how the hell he can Dixon Lanier Merritt

Our beloved, endangered brown pelicans have a never-ending struggle to survive. Pelicans have been my inspiration. I've wanted to retire, but I can't I promised them I'd help them. They have had such a hard life, and they still do. Karen Benzel

OK, enough pelican quotes. The name's not bad for New Orleans, but the Jazz name should go to Memphis, although Blues would fit better. Utah could be called The Golden Spikes, but that would better fit a volleyball team or the Gronkowski brothers.

posted by Howard_T at 10:10 PM on December 04

And the Lakers back to Minneapolis.

posted by tron7 at 01:53 AM on December 05

If there was any justice in the world, New Orleans would have gotten the Jazz name back.

And destroy the jazz scene in Utah? Not worth it.

posted by rcade at 08:32 AM on December 05

And the Lakers back to Minneapolis.

posted by tron7

I used to pine for that, but at this point I'm so deep into a hopeless, codependent relationship with the Timberwolves that I think LA can just keep the name.

posted by cobra! at 11:19 AM on December 05

Lakers back to Minneapolis

Then L.A. could make a little coaching change and rename the team the Jackson 5.

Sad note: there are little kids growing up today that think that the Sonics are nothing more than a couple of tools sitting in their car in the drive through fighting over some crispy fries.

posted by beaverboard at 11:39 AM on December 05

What some clubs will do to get people to buy new merchandise.

posted by jjzucal at 01:38 PM on December 05

Well, in the words of the immortal Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher, I believe Louisiana is the Pelican State.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:28 PM on December 05

At last; a professional team in New Orleans that can flip the bird to its fans, and nobody will care.

posted by NerfballPro at 03:50 PM on December 05

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