My girlfriend told me the name is childish and she won't ever allow me to wear a jersey that says Pelicans haha.
I would speculate that most of the national and local John Does who are complaining about the name haven't seen anything to tie the name to. Once that happens, it might be a different story.
One of the rebrand threaders please back me up here...but earlier this year, there was an experiment of sorts done here by one or two NOLA area HR posters when Pelicans was leaked as a possible name change over facebook. The initial reaction to it was similar to what is going on now. But then some of the *good* logo/color design ideas were posted to go along with it, and some of those same people changed their tune along the lines of "Oh, that's actually not bad...kinda cool."
Again, here's hoping for a kick-doors logo and jerseys. Will probably be a while until we find out.
Why is everyone so butt hurt about the Pelican name? The only name we should be concerned about is the New Orleans part. This team could have easily been relocated to Seattle. I bet they wouldn't mind being the Seattle Pelicans. Be thankful that we have a team here no matter what they're called. I'll be a proud Pelican fan just as I'm a proud Zephyr, Saints, and Hornets fan, because they are OUR (New Orleans) team.
Between sleeping on it for the night and all the cliff jumpers on twitter, I'm starting to come around to Pelicans. Some of the designs that have been floated are really good work. As with any designation, the success will largely ride on the actual uniform/logo/arena design.
This is why I purchased my AD jersey this year.
And I really don't think anyones butts hurt over this? Maybe their ears from hearing about it or their eyes from reading about it. I guess someone might have gotten so angry they went and sat on a Pelican and that hurt their butt, but that has to be extremely rare.
All the Pelicans hating is bizarre to me, I would've preferred Krewe, but I guarantee you that would've been mocked and scoffed at by everyone outside NOLA too. Like others have said the important part of the name is New Orleans. I couldn't care less about the people who will follow the Hornets name back to Charlotte, good riddance!
This is seriously bad. You can tell no test groups were done about this. NBA teams need to be marketed to young guys, and no young guy wants to sport a Pelicans hat.
Join my facebook group against it: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-Ben...1567805?ref=hl
Lots of entitled gets running about. The Change.org petitions will be next...
Now I provide life insurance benefits.
Wow negative reaction is crazy, if you don't like the name the team still represents New Orleans and that is what counts right?
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I bet you that if you polled every single resident of new orleans and asked them plain and simple.... Pelicans or Hornets.... a small to medium majority would pick hornets.
Krewe, Brass, Voodoo, Jazz screams New Orleans to me. Pelicans does not! Heck head to Tampa or somewhere else in Florida along the gulf and you'll spot plenty of Pelicans... I didn't even know prior to this name change that Pelicans were an important symbol to New Orleans.. wasn't that the purpose of this name change.
The people that are on board with this (which is a very small # because the majority seems to be bashing this) are happy only because it is different than Hornets. Being different than Hornets was not the purpose of a re-brand. Gold, Crimson red are not New orleans colors to me either. Nothing about this screams New Orleans!
Also, believe it or not Hornets are one of the more recognizable brands in basketball nationally and globally. Yes, the majority of gear being rocked by teens, people in Europe and other countries is Charlotte Hornets stuff... but it is still Hornets.. and New Orleans like it or not owns Charlotte Hornets history! Other than Lakers, Bulls, Celtics (and even Celtics is questionable) there is not a more identifiable logo in the NBA globally. I was born in eastern europe, lived in Belgium for 2 years, then to Texas for 2 years, then to Connecticut then to Toronto for 12 years and now in Virginia. I've seen hornets stuff everywhere. No team other than Lakers/Bulls has the international presence the Hornets do and now you are killing that.
I won't lie I'm butthurt. There was only 2 names I really disliked that floated around on this board. Pelicans and ArcAngels.
When Ryan makes a triple, play a Sound bite of Tony Montana saying,
"Look at this pelican flyy, comee onn peliccaannn!!"
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