Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  56 responses

New Orleans Hornets Could Become Pelicans, Rougarou, Mosquitos, Swamp Dogs or Bullsharks

“Pelicans” isn’t the only potential new nickname in play for New Orleans Hornets — the team filed trademarks for four other options. Per Behind the Buck Pass (via the Times-Picayune): “Anil V. George, the attorney who typically handles the trademarks involving NBA brand names, filed trademarks on five new potential franchise names on behalf of the New Orleans Hornets NBA Limited Partnership. The five names included the favorite Pelicans, a mascot that ties into the state bird as well as a minor league baseball team that existed from 1887 to 1959, but the four others also have strong Louisiana ties. The trademarks: New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Rougarou, New Orleans Mosquitos, New Orleans Swamp Dogs, New Orleans Bullsharks. UrbanDictionary.com has swamp dog listed as a Cajun nickname for an alligator. Bullsharks live, among other places, in the Gulf of Mexico. The term ‘Rougarou’ refers to a beast from Louisiana folklore, a monster from oral traditions that varies — depending on the tale — from a werewolf-like blood-seeking beast to a boogeyman.”

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  • JML-G

    all of those are awful and how is Rougarou even considered!?

  • Seth

    Next to those names, Pelicans sounds great.

  • RunNGun

    I think the best sounding name would be the Supersonics, right Seattle?

  • RunNGun

    LOL Must be a trend with those werewolf movies…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    They all sound like D-League teams.

  • JM

    Classic move by New Orleans. Surround the Pelicans with less attractive names to make the Pelicans seem better. Coakley from Hall Pass would be proud.

  • Nope

    why not just cajun? the new orleans cajun.

  • Guest

    Just call em Jordan and Company.

  • ChosenOne

    New Orleans Soul.

  • Pelicans

    It it is any of those besside the pelicans I will not be a fan

  • Youngindy21

    Bullsharks isn’t that bad of a name. The rest are garbage in my opinion

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Day 3672: Still a New Orleans fan… morale is getting low… I still have not found any others. The system is making it very hard to maintain my strength… what the hell is a rougarou?

  • BigDaddyUtahNative

    New Orleans Jazz! PERIOD

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  • RayJr

    Swamp Dogs work for me. Can’t do the Pelicans because that has to be one of the least toughest birds in the animal kingdom and then Mosquitos, well everyone hates mosquitos.

  • RayJr

    What would Utah be renamed?

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  • Redd

    I seriously thought New Orleans Krew was dope.

  • niQ

    And if Swamp dog is an alligator you might as well just use the name Gators.

  • RayJr

    lol That’s the only thing I can think of.

  • Rockwell

    Come on David Stern, do the right thing. Return the Jazz namesake to the BIRTHPLACE of jazz- New Orleans!

  • spit hot fiyah

    swamp dogs and bull sharks sound gangsta, mosquitos, not as intimidating

  • Camaney30

    Is there any where where you can suggest a name for the new New Orleans team? I would suggest The New Orleans “VooDoo,” or “Black Magic,” or “Hurricanes,” however, Cajun or Rougarou is not to bad.

  • Conor

    Krewe or Rougarou would be ideal.

  • dwade flops so hard

    the utah aintgotfunk

  • dwade flops so hard

    i think every title would sound better if they went by Bayou rather than new orleans

  • Kevin

    They should rename them the New Orleans Soldiers or Millionaires. They can have all white jerseys, Girbaud basketball shorts and Reebok classics for the uniforms. Then they can add a Master P or Cash Money song as the theme

  • Ugh

    It worked for the Thunder, too, you might remember.

  • Ugh

    Remember that episode of the Simpsons where Homer goes through all the words that rhyme with ‘Bart’ and gets to ‘F’ and goes “Nope, seems fine!”
    You’re doing that, but the word you’re missing is ‘Bullshit’.

  • Chris

    sounds like minor league baseball teams….rougarou???

  • pposse

    a rougarou is a term used for abnormally large alligators

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    New Orleans Jazz, Utah Saints (as in Latter Day). Problem solved.
    Pelicans would be cool if their city wasn’t called New Orleans. 3 syllables followed by 3 syllables, with both words ending in “s” just sounds really shitty.

  • Downtown

    The Utah Stormin Mormons! for sure

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  • KBM

    They aren’t switching to the WNBA.

  • erll

    *penile shafts



  • Bo Bice

    The New Orleans BRASS. Game, set, match. Done. Make it happen, Walsh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    because cajun is a culture that not everyone from New Orleans identifies themselves as. It’d be like Chicago changing the Bulls to the Polacks.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Or New York changing their name from the Knickerbockers to the Knickerbockers.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    thats actually better then all those names lol

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    all horrible lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    new Orleans bullies?!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    nawlin creos

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    ‘nawlin creos

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lol yes

  • TBRK

    really should be the New Orleans Jazz……nothing is jazzy about Utah….whatsoever

  • Advice guy 67

    New Orleans Bayous! New Orleans is apart of the Bayou State and representing the entire state of Louisaiana (The Bayou State),, right?

  • http://twitter.com/Hot_Ice21 MiKED

    the chosen one have spoken New Orleans Soul got my vote.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ONE.72 Jeff Strong

    Actually it is a werewolf type of creature that is immersed in Cajun folklore. I could take a team named that more seriously then the Pelicans.

    “Look at the pelican, go fly pelican.” (Tony Montana)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ONE.72 Jeff Strong

    This is the name I thought went best and brought back visions of Pistol Pete. Plus there is no good music coming out of Salt Lake, except maybe the Tabernacle Choir.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ONE.72 Jeff Strong

    Cajun folklore.