I can't wait to see how Anthony Davis's career pans out. He is going to go down as the most legendary Pelican of all time!
Some general responses to a few items in this thread...
The Voodoo were actually owned by Benson at one time but a new ownership team decided to take over the name.
There is a cat theme in Charlotte with the Panthers and the public transportation system. People here are still very bitter about the way everything went down. I think renaming the team the Hornets might help but if the product on the floor is bad, people won't show up. There is already some buzz about the Bobcats this year though, people seem to be legitimately excited (it helps that the Panthers and the city's star, Cam Newton, are performing poorly).
But I love the idea of bringing the Jazz name back to NO. However, the team has so much history in Utah it would be hard to change it now (even though Jazz has nothing to do with the area).
Edit: And regarding the name Pacers, I seem to recall the book Loose Balls talking about how the team would "set the pace for the league." The motorsports theme fits as well but I don't think that was actually the prime objective.
Question one: does the league have veto power over team names?
Question two: should there be a rule about markets getting to keep team naming rights if a team moves that had a locally-themed name?
All pro sports seem to have this problem and it always ends up weird:
- Tennessee Oilers (fo a couple years anyway)
- Utah Jazz (we're used it to it now but it's still a very odd name for that team)
- LA Lakers
Yeah, Pelicans isn't the worst name in the world, but it's just kind of generic. I feel like Crawdads, Voodoo, Cajuns would've all been better options.
The thing about a pelican is its beak can hold more than its belly can
I started reading this thread against it but I'm totally in favor now. Just a great name from a comedy perspective alone. Pelicans are ridiculous birds.
My only thought is why couldn't have they announced this before they came to Indiana? Area 55 and G2 woulda had a field day!
I take it none of you watched college football in the 80's..... Pelicans are hardcore. I think of a pelicans I think of Benny blades separating some poor wr's head from his torso.
Will the New Orleans Truehoop network blog change its name to the Denzel Washington/Julia Roberts-themed "Pelican Brief"?
A pelican isn't quite a stork but almost. The "stork brings the baby" fable derives from the beak resembling a phallus--in other words an indirect way to explain to a child where babies come from.
So . . . the pelican choice may have a phallus thing going for it. And if you don't think that gets taken into account, check out your largest area sporting goods store.
Also, we were watching a heat game a couple years ago, their logo came up, and my wife said, "It's a scrotum!" Sure enough, look at the Heat logo. Now I often refer to them condescendingly as the Miami scrotums.
The hornets court is not as nice looking as I remember. I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder. In other news, is that a Matt Geiger sighting in the picture below? I believe it is....
I give it a three game losing streak before it's changed to the pelican'ts
The Pelicans is a hell of lot better than the Thunder, Magic, basically every WNBA name, etc.
I had to Google this but... Dream? Sky? Sun? Fever? Liberty? Sparks? Mercury? Silver Stars? Storm? Shock? My God those are even worse than the league's product. The Lynx and the Mystics are the only teams in the league whose nickname isn't horrible.
Pacers is the best name in the league. It is the most meaningful name to the game of basketball. A Pacer is a member of the franchise that is setting the pace of the league. A Pacer is a player that is setting the pace of the game. For over 35 years I have always used their name in context of their play.
Not trying to discriminate, but Pelicans should be a WNBA name...just sayin!
Cue the new intro video with an underwater view of a fish swimming...on the side of the fish is the opponent that night(obviously)....then out of nowhere a pelican comes crashing through the water and scoops up the fish and rests on a perch...they zoom in on the pelicans eye and some rock music starts...."On your feet Pelicans fans..."
I'm pretty sure it will be even more retarded in person than how I am picturing it.