New Orleans 'Pelicans' is Weird, But Better than Cleveland 'Presidents'


Beginning in 2014, the New Orleans NBA franchise will part ways with its "Hornets" mascot and become the 'Pelicans,' water birds known less for their tenacity and more for their goofy throat pouches.

In light of the shift, the good folks at Bleacher Report assembled the origin stories of every NBA team's name.

Turns out the Cavaliers was the winning entry in a contest. The finalists also included the Jays, the Foresters, the Towers and the Presidents. (The Presidents?)

The man who ultimately won the contest, Jerry Tomko, wrote (per that the name would "represent a group of daring, fearless men, whose life’s pact was never surrender, no matter what the odds."

Which is appropriate — if irrelevant to the region — given how dismal the odds are and have been.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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