Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Orleans Pelicans? Dumbest Name in Sports

Update: 04/18/2013: The New Orleans Hornets officially changed their name to the Pelicans today. The Hornets will not attempt to sting you now, although they were never able to do that to their opponents  They will now try to peck you with their bill. Good luck Pelicans. You now have a team name that is as lousy as how you play.

Are you still rubbing your eyes after reading the title of this article? You aren't the only one. I'm still trying to get my mind around the name Pelicans for a sports team. Pelicans? The team must be joking. The only problem is that this isn't April Fools' Day. Is it December Fools' Day? I don't think so.

Yahoo Sports is reporting that this name could change for the 2013-14 season. The Hornets are in last place in the NBA's Southwest division. Maybe the name does represent them. The Pelicans are preyed upon and while that is horrible from a habitat perspective, the Hornets have been preyed upon this season as well.

The name Hornets is obviously a bad name for the team and has nothing to do with the city or region but at least is has some sting to it. I think Pelicans is a dumb name. Couldn't they think of anything else? Couldn't they think of a team that represents toughness or competitiveness? I guess not.

Pelicans are odd looking birds. That must be the fit. The Hornets are a team of bumblers and oddballs, right? So now they will have a name that really represents the team. I'm sure habitants of the Big Easy will not be so thrilled with having the name Pelicans for their beloved team. Then again maybe I'm wrong.

As mentioned above, the Hornets aren't doing well. That's an understatement. They are being preyed upon. The Pelicans name seems to provide the team with a name that is synonymous with being the prey and not the predator. I'm sure there has to be a better name that Pelicans. I'm sure that there are other animals and wildlife that would give the team a cooler name.

I guess I will have to get used to the name. The last time I had to get used to a really stupid name for a team was when Disney owned Anaheim of the NHL and came up with the dumbest name in sports history. That name was the Mighty Ducks. Yes, they were named after a movie. They are now known as just the Ducks.

While the name Pelicans isn't quite as dumb as Mighty Ducks, it sure ranks high on the list of really dumb team names. It is the dumbest name in sports. I sure hope fans of the team will get used to it. I'm not sure that I will.

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