Here's an interview with ESPN discussing the name.
Thought you guys might want to see ESPN reaching out to locals, and to one of us here at Hornets Report, to see what's up with Pelicans.
What's not included here was the writer's praise for the name. He said it could be has favorite brand once it all comes together.
There's light out there, people.
Enjoy, and I hope you feel that your concerns have been considered and reflected in this portion of the interview reproduced here.
I think you all know my feelings on the branding. I can't wait to see the logo and uniforms.
Great post. Lots of historical connection there. Then on top of that, the team colors will be the same as the New Orleans city flag. I'm digging the name & inevitable rebranding more and more.
Well done, Jason.
So the point is because a minor league team was named the Pelicans decades ago it's a good name now?
But take the nickname Krewe for instance. Mardi Gras, to some extent has been hijacked by tourist and so the definition of Mardi Gras has been redifined by out-of-towners - either A. expose yourself for beads (tourist-flashing-other tourists) or B. Get slobberknockered every night or C. All of the above. So when I hear CBS/New York talking heads saying it needs to be Krewe or something to that extent, I cringe because I don't A. expose myself or B. get slobberknockered every night. In fact, I take my 7yo daughter and family to the parades and we have a blast. Someone from not here asked me how I could possibly take my daughter to a Mardi Gras parade and I have to explain to him it's not an MTV Music Awards Show.
So when I say Pelicans is great for our New Orleans NBA team, I do because our "Pelicans" and what it means to us, will not ever be hijacked. Who cares about a Pelican? We do, because it's ours.
I can't wait to get my Pelicans t-shirt and hat. Sport them around Bama.
Great post OP. Once we see the logo and colors its going to be fish, birds, whatever for everyone!!!
42.....nice man. Way to represent.
Tip-off, clean out your messages.
Great post Tip-Off. :coolg: I really hope this sticks, I LOVE the hate and cynicism. Bring it on, in two years they'll be forced to say Pelicans all the time whether they like it or not.
What do the Penguins do? Pens I guess?
I can't see people shortening it to Pels. I think they'll just be "pelicans"
BTW, there's no right or wrong answer to "is this is a good name for a basketball team from new orleans?" This is all opinion. Big Shot or Coke? Argue all you want but at the end of the day, its opinion.
I don't like the name, but I'll actually be cool with it if they go with a cartoonish mascot -- like the worlds fair pelican guy. I don't want a menacing pelican as a mascot. Then again, I'll withhold judgment til I see the final product.