Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/8/14
On Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reported that the New Orleans Hornets will change their name to the Pelicans for the 2013-14 NBA season. The team has not confirmed the report, meaning that this is likely a trial balloon to see how well the name catches on in the public. Based on early internet reaction, that balloon would seem to be deflating. Everywhere you look, someone seems to be poking fun at the Pelicans. But you know what? I think Pelicans is a fine nickname, and I hope Tom Benson sticks to his guns with the change. For one, it is refreshing to see a newly-branded pro sports team in this era with a plural noun for a name. Magic? Heat? Thunder? Every name in the WNBA? I’ve had enough of that stuff. You may note that “Hornets” already fits this description. The trouble with that nickname is most people still associate it with Charlotte. Say “Hornets basketball” and the first thing that comes to mind is Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues and Alonzo Mourning hooping it up in teal. There is ...
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