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Definitely "puh-cahn" around the NOLA area...
History notwithstanding it does fit any baseball team though. Maybe naming a team after a goofy looking bird fits an outdoor, slow-paced game rather than an indoor, younger/hipper crowd, fast-paced game. Think about this. What if we just got a new NFL franchise. Would you be fine calling them the Pelicans?
Gerrity found two guys at last nights game that created their own Pelicans shirsey.
There's a deadspin article that may change some minds... but I can't post it here b/c it has the most foul of foul language in the title.
Mods is there a safe way I can link the article w/o getting a warning? It's a really good article on why Pelicans would actually be the best name in the NBA
here's a clean section from the deadspin article that I can't link due to foul language
But the pelican isn't just a mindless see-it-and-eat-it hunter, oh no. They work together. A bunch of pelicans will practice "cooperative fishing," herding fish into a central area so they can take turns dive-bombing the prey. Hear that, rest of the NBA? Pelicans work as a team.
They're so noble, they're pretty much deities. During times of famine, it was said, the mother pelican would draw her own blood to feed her young, and the early church quickly adopted the pelican as a symbol for the Christ. Do you see anyone worshipping a seahawk? You do not.
We've already established that a pelican's offense is unmatched. But they're selfless defenders as well. Here's a New York Times story from 1910, about a "marauding weasel" that found its way into the pigeon coop at the Central Park Zoo. Did the zoo's pelicans, Hildalgo Pete, Signor Gomez, and Sanchez Hoolihoo, run away? Did they stare helplessly as the weasel trespassed on their property and helped itself to a meal? They did not. They chased the weasel away from the pigeons, and cornering it against a mesh fence, beat it to death. "Even after the animal was dead the two pelicans…kept jabbing their bills at it."
Hidalgo Pete suffered a broken wing in the melee, but that's just what pelicans do. They give up their own bodies to protect their court. There's no way New Orleans will lose a home game.
not sure if it has been posted but..
Danny Granger @dgranger33:
The New Orleans Pelicans?!?! As a native New Orleanian all I can do is Smh
Slidell native Chris Duhon, who started Wednesday at point guard for the Hornets, said it will be interesting to see how the change develops.
"It will be interesting to see how the mascot will look and the uniforms,’’ Duhon said. "It’s the state bird, so it makes sense.’
Danny Granger, you went to high school in Metairie, college in New Mexico, and play in Indianapolis. You ain't no New Orleanian.
CP3 also said he hates the name Pelicans.
Whatever the name ends up being, I hope they dont leak it again because I want there to be a giant brand release party in championship square with free beer
That Deadspin article had me cracking up and pumped up at the same time. Awesome stuff.
I think some that dislike the name are actaully ok with the pelicans but the problem is they are worried how other people will look the team. The thing is we're Louisiana, not such and such, so who gives a flying(pun intended) #%*%? Let ESPN and Mary Sue keep their opinions to themselves, people are going to think what they want and you can't control that so don't worry about it dudes.
3. Fact or Fiction: You approve of the "New Orleans Pelicans" name change.
Haberstroh: Fact. Not only do I approve but I endorse it. Pelicans are vicious, bloodthirsty animals. Don't believe me? Watch this. I'm looking at you, Dwyane and LeBron.
Wallace: Fiction. I've spent many years in Louisiana, having attended college and worked my first reporting job there. So I do have some emotion invested here. I don't like Pelicans. I'd instead prefer something a bit more distinct, like the Satchmo(e)s or the Jubilees.
Windhorst: Fact. The outrage is silly; most new nicknames seem odd at first. People didn't like "Thunder," either. Can you imagine if Twitter had been around when "Knickerbockers" or "Lakers" were announced? Back in the '80s, people made fun of "Heat." If the Pelicans become a good team, people will love it.