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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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Tweet Now that the New Orleans franchise formerly known as the Hornets has officially been named the Pelicans (I know, it made us laugh, too) the only thing left to speculate about how they would tie a pelican into their logo. Well wonder no more, as here are official images of the logo design, courtesy [...]
RIP: The New Orleans Hornets (1988-2013) Okay, they were actually the Charlotte Hornets until 2002, but you get the picture. On Thursday, the New Orleans franchise officially announced that the team will change its name to the New Orleans Pelicans for the start of the 2013-2014 season. They also unveiled (prematurely) the new team colors and a new logo. The pelican, is the state...
With the official announcement that the New Orleans Hornets will become the New Orleans Pelicans expected to take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, SportsLogos.net recently published two images of what could be the new logo of the franchise.
Obviously, any leaked information of this nature should be taken with a grain of salt, but according to the article, the tip apparently came from...
It’s official, the New Orleans Hornets will be known as the New Orleans Pelicans next season. The official unveiling of the new logo and colors happened today. Red, blue and gold are the color scheme and a menacing – cut me some slack, I’m trying to buy into the notion that them selecting the new moniker is cool – Pelican.
I still don’t like it. But, all is not lost for...
The New Orleans Hornets will be changing their franchise name to the New Orleans Pelicans beginning next season. Louisiana is the Pelican State. The brown pelican is the state bird and appears on the state flag and seal, and official state painting. “Establishing the New Orleans Pelicans is a process of building a basketball…
Not exactly the most intimidating name in the NBA.
People familiar with the decision say the New Orleans Hornets have decided to change their name to the Pelicans next season.
The people spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Hornets have not announced the decision. One person says the proposed name change and color scheme of blue, gold and red is scheduled to be announced Thursday.
“Lennay Kekua” and “Diedrich Knickerbocker” would have gotten along famously.
In the early 19th century, author Washington Irving generated publicity for his first major book by posting missing persons announcements around New York for Knickerbocker, a Dutch journalist visiting Manhattan. According to Irving, Knickerbocker left his hotel one day and never returned. Fearing...
NEW ORLEANS -- James Harden scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the second half to lift the turnover-prone Houston Rockets to a 100-82 victory over the New Orleans Hornets Friday night at the New Orleans Arena. Winning for only the second time in 10 games, the Rockets broke open the game with a 26-11 spurt in a 5:58 stretch of the third quarter to take their biggest lead of...