Go to 1:31 of that vid to see a Pelican, for no apparent reason, jump into the fire.
And I will always maintain that any man who is intimidated by a Pelican is a wimp. I've been around them in large groups where they will nearly crap themselves if you get too close to them. Clap your hands or stomp your foot and they'll probably have a heart attack right in front of you.
With things like speckled king snakes, cottonmouth pit vipers, alligators, and black bears in Louisiana, there were obviously better choices for the "intimidation" factor.
Rationalize all you like--the name is a dud with the NOLA fanbase and the larger sports world alike.