Some Saints not crazy about idea of NBA Pelicans

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Many people are making fun of the New Orleans NBA team for the notion they’re going to change their nickname from the borrowed-from-Charlotte Hornets moniker to the Pelicans.

But at least one of the Saints is smart enough to not make too much fun, given the joint ownership of the NFL and NBA franchises.

“For one, because my boss is that boss [owner Tom Benson],” Saints tackle Zach Strief said, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “So I’m not lost in the fact that if Mr. Benson likes that name, I’m all for it.”

Other locally pertinent names such as Brass and Krewe were suggested, and Roman Harper thought Sauce might be a good name for a team.

Others had ideas of varying degrees of logic and marketability, such as Curtis Lofton’s joke about “Nutria Rats,” which is apparently a small fur-bearing critter that lives in swamps.

“You want something tough,” Lofton said. “That [Pelicans] doesn’t sound too tough.”

“If it’s up to me, I’d probably keep it simple, keep it sweet. Probably like the Sabertooths or something,” defensive end Cam Jordan said. “It doesn’t matter [that it doesn’t have any ties to New Orleans]. It sounds awesome. Maybe the Dragons. I’m voting for something like a monster.”

“I definitely think it should be something unique to New Orleans and the state of Louisiana,” guard Jahri Evans said. “But I think Pelicans is going to take a while.”

Maybe it will grow on us. But I agree that something simple might be better.

Even if Sabertooths is taken (crosses fingers).

33 responses to “Some Saints not crazy about idea of NBA Pelicans

  1. The rumor is that Benson came up with the name after signing odd on Drew Brees’ new contract. “Thats a big bill” he reportedly said.

    And the rest is history.

  2. Sounds like the name of a minor league baseball team, or maybe a WNBA team. What the heck is wrong with keeping them the Hornets? They don’t have bees in New Orleans?

  3. A Nutria (Essentially a beaver type animal) is an exotic species that has destroyed countless properties in the southern coast states….literally millions of them washed up after the storms last year.

    Ragin Cajuns gets my vote, what an awesome nickname.

  4. I live here and can assure anyone that we have our fair share of hornets! Anyway, the Pelicans were a minor league baseball team (we now have the Zephyrs) back in the day. Why not throw a few bucks to Utah and get the Jazz name and our Mardi Gras colors back!

  5. New Orleans spirits would be a better name it entails several aspects of the city and culture of Catholicism and voodoo as well as the Burbon street experience

  6. Ragin Cajuns is already taken. SLI/USL/ULa-Lafayette.

    Nutria are more like a large muskrat than a beaver.

  7. rickytheviking says:
    Dec 6, 2012 3:26 PM
    The name sucks
    Plain & Simple

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    As a New Orleans native, Saints fan and Hornets fan – I agree!!!

  8. Pelicans was the name of the old New Orleans Southern League baseball team for many years, so it’s a nice nod to tradition. As for the Jazz, living here in Utah I’ve hoped for a while that the Hornets & Jazz would swap nicknames. After all, we are the Beehive State.

  9. Nothing wrong with Pelicans. Plenty of non threatening team names out there. Celtics, Kings, Lakers, Pistons, etc
    The perfect name would be the New Orleans Voodoo but our lame ass Arena league team has that. Termites might not be too bad

  10. New Orleans gets the Jazz back and Utah can become the Bobcats and Charlotte can be the Hornets again. Everyone wins and jersey sales all around.

  11. Fossils of the sabertooth cat Smilodon have actually been found in Louisiana, so they do have some ties to the state, however minor. I always did like that name. New Orleans wants the name “Jazz” back, but Utah inexplicably doesn’t want to give it up and the latest request to Commish David Stern was denied.

  12. I live in New Orleans and I hate the idea of NO Pelicans. With this city’s rich culture and history and Mr. Benson comes up with….Pelicans….just Pelicans. It’s pathetic and unlikely to stir up enthusiasm in a city devoted to the Saints.

  13. davekva72 says: Dec 6, 2012 3:23 PM

    Sounds like the name of a minor league baseball team, or maybe a WNBA team. What the heck is wrong with keeping them the Hornets? They don’t have bees in New Orleans?

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    The problem is the name means nothing in NO. It means something in Charlotte (Revolutionary War reference – Charlotte was called a hornet’s nest by a British general). It was dumb for Utah to take the name Jazz, and dumb for Shinn to take the Hornets. Why isn’t Utah the one looking for a new name?

  14. I def wouldn’t root for a local pro team named the pelicans!! it sounds to much like a little girls soccer team!! who ever came up with that name needs to reconsider!!!!!

    the pelicans is def a little girls soccer team!!!!

  15. pemory says: Dec 6, 2012 3:45 PM

    Pelicans was the name of the old New Orleans Southern League baseball team for many years, so it’s a nice nod to tradition. As for the Jazz, living here in Utah I’ve hoped for a while that the Hornets & Jazz would swap nicknames. After all, we are the Beehive State.
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    Bless you, pemory. I have been advocating just such a swap for the same reason – the “Hive” can move to SLC to become the home of the Bees, and the Jazz can come home to New Orleans.

  16. If I’m not mistaken, I think Benson owns the rights to the “Pelicans” from when the baseball team left New Orleans- thats why the minor league team is stuck w/ the Zephyrs (which was actually carried over from Colorado).

    Benson bought the Hornets, the Times-Picayune (local newspaper), paid Drew Brees, and donated 10 million dollars to a local high school- so naturally, he would skimp any possible new trademark costs by naming the team the Pelicans.

    On another note, the SLC minor league team is actually called the Bees, so Hornets fits better (not saying much) up there.

  17. I think the New Orleans Spirits would be an awesome name. They would have to have a cool logo though so that no one would think they meant spirits as in “rah rah”.

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