New Orleans Hornets to Become New Orleans Pelicans December 05, 2012 09:21

The New Orleans Hornets. That's a pretty cool name as far teams go. There's some danger and aggression in being stung by a Hornet, and therefore should be respected. 

So what the hell are New Orleans thinking in changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans. To me, 'Pelican' just conjures up a ridiculous image of a bird with an oversized beak and a massive throat pouch. 

Incase you're not entirely sure what one looks like, and really just to highlight a point, this is a typical Pelican:

The Hornets are rumoured to be changing their name as soon as the 2013 - 14 season, and sources explained why to Yahoo! Sports:

"The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14. Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans. The Hornets also considered the nicknames Krewe (groups of costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans) and Brass. Louisiana is the Pelican State. The brown pelican is the state bird and appears on the state flag and seal, and official state painting. Moreover, the Pelicans played minor league baseball in New Orleans in all but nine seasons from 1887-1959 and in 1977. Gayle Benson, Benson’s wife, told Fox Sports New Orleans recently her preference for new team colors was navy blue, red and gold.”

Go figure.