Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 6:49 pm  |  53 responses

The New Orleans Hornets are Reportedly Becoming the New Orleans Pelicans

Yeah, surprised us, too. According to Yahoo! Sports, come as early as 2013-14, the New Orleans Hornets will be the Hornets no more, opting to switch their nickname to the Pelicans. More details: “The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season, numerous sources told 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.”

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  • Fletch213

    G card revoked!!

  • roscoe

    I dig it.

    its better than the “thunder” booom.

  • Vince

    Nawlins Pelicans… sounds fierce… might as well have called themselves the New Orleans Shrimp

  • Mr. Wet

    I guess this needs to be said. Charlotte Hornets coming back?

  • Anthony Dixon

    lol… the pelicans though… thats just disrespectfull… I see why eric gordon didn’t wanna stay.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    “The Pelicans” sound like a D-League team.

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson


  • Redd

    Krewe would’ve been dope. The New Orleans Krewe.

  • Hornet

    Charlotte Hornets coming back! With old uniforms! FTW!

  • theDankerNuggets


  • Drig’r


  • Nigel

    There is nothing intimidating about a Pelican.

  • dwade flops so hard

    my vote was on the Nawlins Crawdaddys

  • quinned

    now Jordan can get the Hornets back

  • Salty

    Since it originated there, why don’t they just call themselves the Ja…oh wait, never mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I can’t wait for the uprising of the trend to have cartooned pictures of their mascot plastered onto the center of the team’s jersey.

  • Nigel

    How about….the New Orleans Hurricanes. Hmm….too soon?

  • T-man

    What about the New Orleans Gumbo?

  • Max

    NONONONONO, I think the Hornets’ logo is one of the best in the L..

  • MikeC.

    No less lame than “Raptors”.

  • pelican

    terrible. I m sure this wont go thru- no self respecting player would ever wear a jersey or play a team that has PELICAN across the front. might as well be Pink Flamingos.

  • bringbackthesonics

    i dont know whether to laugh or cry

  • melvo

    new orleans krewe sounds awesome.

  • Caboose

    Spurs rest starters: $250k fine.
    Hornets change to worst name ever: nothing.
    The NBA is rigged.

  • Chukaz

    Better than pelicans. I understand hornets as a name for a sports team. Hornets sting. Hurricanes sounds pretty cool, even if its insensitive to the people. Pelicans is horrible. I bet the fans would prefer something that might be a little insulting over Pelicans.

  • Chukaz

    They’re trading hornets for a f*cking bird. Hornets sting. what do f*cking pelicans do? Sh*t on people?

  • RunNGun

    The Pelicans? o.O Stick to the BLUES. Now the Hornets name can return to Charlotte.

  • Fruitman

    This post sucks!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    to quote the great tony montana…. fly pelican fly…

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    thats a plus!

  • RKJ92

    Eat a DICKKK!!

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater


  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ


  • Junkie

    raptors are way more badass than some dumbass bird

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

    I just want to understand why…

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

    so many funny comments here lol

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

    the New Orleans Jambalayas

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

    what are you talking about Raptors is great!

  • Vince

    My poor attempt at humor :l

  • Bored


  • Bored

    vicious dinosaur > sh*t ugly bird

  • SirGrey

    I’m getting tired of every team having navy/red. Probably a good time to buy an Anthony Davis jersey though…

  • will

    lol wow that is disgusting. may as well call them the new orleans rabbits

  • Seth

    Yeah, Raptors are the most bad-ass team mascot in the L. It’s just too bad they suck.

  • Seth

    Say hello to my little… pelican!

  • Fat Lever

    “Yea it was a tragedy! What was the question?”

  • Jimmy

    thats how good their gonna be

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, Pelicans are a big part of New Orleans history or whatever. And the Hornets have nothing to do with the city at all. It’s a bad name, but it makes sense why they chose it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it was their minor league baseball team in the past.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Reminds me of something that should of been in “Semi Pro” with the Flint Tropics lmao

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Lol you read my mind