New Orleans Hornets Reportedly Changing Name to Much More Hilarious "Pelicans"

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 5, 2012

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Because the New Orleans Hornets have very little regard for their fans, they will reportedly change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans. 

I guess the birds that make beach lounging such a treat are the perfect way to symbolize a basketball franchise. 

Yahoo! Sports cites a source who reports the nickname switch could take place as early as the 2013-2014 season. Hornets fans, start digging a hole big enough to stick your head in accordingly. 

The change was expected as new ownership took over this past April. Still, we would have hoped the name wouldn't also have to come with a warning not to bully any player employed by the future Pelicans. 

I guess owner Tom Benson is just a fan of fictional 1950's street gang names. Was T-Birds taken?

The report gives us some insight as to what kind of Popsicle stand they are running over there. 

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.

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If you want to know how bad a name the Pelicans is, consider how phenomenal Krewe sounds to you. It sounds like the best damn NBA sports name this side of World B. Free. 

So they named it after the state bird. It's a good thing they didn't go for the dandy of a name in the state flower. 

I could see Anthony Davis wearing a Magnolias jersey with pride. 

It could be worse because one state over, in Mississippi, the state bird is the wood duck. Come to think of it, we like that better than the Pelicans, a name not even a self-respecting Little League team playing their games on an actual bay would procure. 

Let's really think about how awful this name change is for the city and the franchise. They started off as the Jazz, a cool name taken up north along with the franchise. 

After years without basketball, they finally get a far less cooler moniker in the Hornets, but still one that wouldn't mandate you change out of your sports gear every time you leave the house. 

Now they are the Pelicans, a name that means Anthony Davis will get noogies anytime he is introduced, or Austin Rivers will be a victim to wedgies at every turn. 

Please sound off in the comments section if you think I am wrong. Hell, sound off if you think I'm right and you have much better names for this franchise.  

The Cubs, Bruins and Whittier College Poets are all tougher sounding names. 

Really, they could have gone with the New Orleans Snuggle Bunnies and been far better off. All of this is to say we await the official announcement with great excitement. 

Fight on, Pelicans. 

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