The New Orleans Hornets made it official Thursday, announcing the franchise will change its name to the New Orleans Pelicans beginning for the 2014 season.
The name, when it was leaked a few weeks ago, were mostly negative as no one thinks a pelican is especially tough. The franchise pushed through the catcalls about the name and stuck to it.
Historically, this name does actually make sense. Louisiana is "The Pelican State" and then the video of a pelican eating another bird began making its rounds. They are trying to look tough with this logo too. Really though, like say Jazz when they were in New Orleans or Lakers when they were in Minneapolis, this name is unique to the location.
As the Hornets Pelicans explain:
The Pelican has been a symbol of Louisiana since the 1800s, hence its declaration as the state bird, its prominent representation on the state flag and the state's coined nickname, "The Pelican State."
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