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Team Name for the Birds

By December 5, 2012

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Basketball fans may have a new bird to root for as early as next year, when the New Orleans Hornets change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans. According to ESPN, the team's new owner, Tom Benson, who bought the team in April, has expressed a desire to change the name to something more fitting Louisiana. The Hornets nickname is a holdover from when the team moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2002.

The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. Once endangered, these birds have recovered magnificently and are often seen along Louisiana's coast.

Does your favorite sports team have an feathered mascot? Share your fan allegiances in the comments!

Brown Pelican
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