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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome yooooour New Orleans Pelicans!

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Batman, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Once upon a time (late 1970s), the New Orleans Pelicans were a minor league baseball affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Played their home games in the Superdome.
  3. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Probably unknown in the rest of the country, but Hornets is a Charlotte-specific nickname. Not that the Bobcats are likely to adopt it ...
  4. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    I believe I read in the NY Times on Sunday that the Charlotte Observer reported that Jordan is interested in bringing back the Hornets name in the future. Or that he is at least open to it.
  5. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Hmm. Interesting.
  6. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Found it.

    "It's definitely an interest down the road...We would definitely entertain the opportunity. That's as much as we can say right now. We've heard the community ask the question, and we would listen."
  7. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    People in North Carolina are pretty excited about the idea that the Bobcats might re-claim the Hornets name.
  8. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    As said elsewhere, Jordan is open to changing the Bobcats' name.

    NBA should really do some name shuffling ...

    New Orleans Jazz
    Charlotte Hornets
    Utah Grizzlies
    Memphis Emptyarenas (Blues?)

    But really, as long as a major league was willing to accept a team named the Mighty Ducks and another took in a team called the Ravens, I can't rip on Pelicans too much.
  9. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    The Pelicans name for baseball goes much further back than the 1970s.
  10. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Story I read said Benson was picking between Pelicans, Krewe and a few other names.
  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    There was a minor league team from the 19th century until the 1950s, with a few years hiatus here and there. They even played at a place called Pelican Park.

    To further confuse matters, the Charlotte Hornets were orignally a WFL team.
  12. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    At least New Orleans is known for pelicans.

    Utah Jazz?
    Los Angeles Lakers?
    ... or Clippers?
    ... or Dodgers?

    Seems to me when a franchise with a location-specific nickname moves cross-country, it ought to come up with a new nickname.
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