Why in the world with this region rich history and the whole dictionary at our disposal would we settle for a name that has to grow on us. My standards are much higher than that.
So while legally he has the right to name the team whatever without us his investment is worthless.
Fans are expected to ride or die with their teams. Sports in general pray on peoples passions. Why move forward with a name when a large amount of fans are this passioniately against it? Common sense say just pick another name until you get to one where the majority at least says it's ok.
I've been around these boards for a while and i'm also a saints fan and have been around saintsreport for a while. I know some of the "supporters" of this name were out there bashing and ridiculing Oklahoma for Thunder and I'm sure they were ridiculing washington for Wizards. This is worse than those two names! As a Saints fan I was also around during the bad times when Bensons was pretty much loathed for putting out bad teams and even attempting a move to SA after Katrina. So the hypocrisy and irony of this situation is interesting to say the least.
And for those of you who say nobody cares what the fans of this team outside of NO think.... I would love to have someone from the organization tell me that..fact of the matter is they won't...because like it or not this team has a relatively huge following of non-local fans vs local fans and those fans also travel to NO buy tickets, buy jerseys, buy hornets stuff, watch the broadcast etc etc etc All you are doing by telling us that we "dont matter" or that we "are not fans" is pushing people away and creating divides within the fan base. I am shocked that anyone would want to do this. This reminds of when Harvey Hornet was around pretty much calling everyone stupid because they didn't agree with him and telling us outsider fans that we dont matter and that we shouldnt even be fans because we didnt live in NOLA.
"If we all told Benson". Who is we all? We haven't seen or heard EVERYONE in the world's opinion. Sure, we've seen lots of opinions here and on other message boards and social medias, but we haven't seen everyone's opinion. Not everyone does social media. I don't. Not everyone frequents message boards. I've always thought it funny when people think because they and other's don't like something then that must mean NO ONE AT ALL likes it.
And this too shall pass.
It doesn't take 100% of the people. It would be foolish to alienate a large portion of fans. This isn't just people saying they like another name better it's people saying this name is awful.
How bad is this name? Seriously? I like it because I think it's the right name. That matters more than if some people like it or not. Benson is not being stubborn maybe he umms sees things differently than you guys do. Like every human.
My mom loves the name.
My dad, wife, and good friend who I have ticket packages with (aka people who actually spend money on the team and at the arena) don't mind the name. So apparently its NOT EVERYONE! GASP!?!
Eman, WhoDatHornet, obviously ya'll are lying. :hihi:
There will be people that like it, don't mind it, or hate it. But there will NEVER be a 100% agree or disagree on situations like this.
ETA: I asked two people yesterday. One didn't mind it and the other said he didn't like it but he's pretty sure it'll grow on him.
My boss, who is extremely prominent and has court side seats as well as club seats LOVES the name, and he told Tom Benson so.
I'm willing to bet he takes that into consideration more than "Da Throne" or "@OMG504FERLYFE".
Quote from my dad "They could call em the New Orleans Poo Poo I don't give a ****" :hihi: Like father, like son apparently.
My Dad is crazy though and lives by "My daddy told me once i turned 50 i could say whatever the hell i wanted". He definitely keeps it real.
Haha i dont know what dathrone is saying but i never said that everyone hates the name. A majority dont like it.. It is what it is. The problem is the ones who do like the name only really like it simply because it is not "hornets" or they like it because the majoirity dont like it. I would be for a name change that is adds to this brand and makes it better.. Ie Knights, Krewe.. Pelicans does not accomplish that.
Fitting for this thread and many others right now.