The name Saints of course ties into the religious (mainly Catholic) culture around here, but it's not some overly obvious, purely NOLA term that some of the fans on here say they must have and it's certainly not some super exciting, kick (A) nickname. And apparently (correct if wrong) some of the posters on here say the main reason the football team was named Saints is because the team was officially born on All Saints Day moreso than any specific cultural connection. Regardless, it is now both a locally and nationally popular brand that no one questions.
And as some other posters pointed out that I never really thought about, there are many strange, unexciting mascots around sports, but most of them are very respected brands; how goofy the names sound are a mere afterthought and really not thought about at all. Admittedly I've been a poster that doesn't want kiddy, amateurish, lame-ish mascot names like Crawfish or Pelicans, but as I've seen with some of the suggested designs and current sports mascots, just about anything can be pulled off with an appropriate logo, color scheme, and branding, so I am more open.
I forgot what other names you called dull, but my personal favorite Knights was one of them. It doesn't get more dull than Saints, yet it has become a respected brand here, so names like that could work...
Pelicans has grown on me somewhat.
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Any chance we'll see some recent Pelican mocks, bigdub?
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This was printed in today's Times Picayune, and I love the idea: the New Orleans Dominoes. The local connection is with Fats Domino, but the word derives from "dominate." Great double meaning.
Now that's the kind of creative/outside the box stuff I like to see. I'm not a huge fan of it but I appreciate it more than Knights or Angels or Nutria.
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Dominos may sound more like a minor-league baseball team than any other nickname mentioned... including Pelicans.
I'm digging the Dominos name! Very outside the box and it rolls off the tongue.
I like Dominos. Use dice and a basketball and the logo is set.
Emeka Okafor - Joe Smith - Carmelo Anthony - Manu Ginobili - Jason Williams
Al Jefferson - James Posey - Aaron McKie - Shaun Livingston
If I woke up tomorrow and the team was named New Orleans Dominos, I would be cool with it.
Still, too many X-Men references. Archangel, Corsair, Domino......
With purple and pinstripes from days gone by, I trumpet Hugo's name to the NOLA sky. When rebranders and posers abuse their might, beware my power, TEAL LANTERN'S LIGHT!
Forever hating the nickname, the logos, and the colors. Still backing the team I've loved since 1994.
Stolen name. Stolen colors. Stolen identity. Still the same old worthless Slobcats. Suck sludge, Charlotte.
I'm thinking Revelers has a good chance going the distance.
This is just me talking, no scoop here. People here and at hornets247 have nentioned it. It's got most of what most people want... something not too many names have.
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connects with the Gambling in New Orleans............
How about the New Orleans Domino...no "s".
Oh and not a dominos (game) theme.
Sticking with Pelicans.
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