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This Fan-Made New Orleans Pelicans Logo Was So Good, We Had To Make More Like It

When news broke that the New Orleans Hornets planned to eventually change their name to the Pelicans, reaction was divided mostly into two camps: those who thought the team might as well change their name to the New Orleans GOB Bluths because they’d made a huge mistake, and those who thought that the combination of local ties and pelicans’ underrated-but-very-real badassery made for a perfect fit.

I’ll admit: when I first heard the name, I fell in the former camp. Despite acknowledging that pelicans are deadly predators, I couldn’t get past the fact that the word “pelican” just sounds goofy, and that while the pelican is fearsome, well, its looks are deceiving. The name still didn’t work for me. And then I saw this, tweeted by The Basketball Jones’ J.E. Skeets earlier today:

That’s a proposed court and logo for the Pelicans, mocked up by flickr user fourteen85photography. Here’s a closer look at what they had in mind for a logo:

OK, I didn’t like “Pelicans,” but you throw a top hat into the mix? All bets are off. It doesn’t make the pelican look less goofy – it make it look goofier, if anything – but top hats have almost never failed to make whoever’s wearing them look funnier. It works on everyone from dogs to Homer Simpson. Not only would I be fully won over the the pro-Pelicans camp if this turned out to be the actual logo, but I couldn’t help but wonder what some other sports logos might look like with top hats added. Feast your eyes:

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.lamar1 Jonathan Lamar

    i dnt know the name is still weak but that logo is straight it only fits with the horn and new orleans musical background.. only for this team it fits the logo does.. i stll think pelicans is weak even if it is the state bird real talk the cajuns or creoles would have been a better name

  • http://twitter.com/CharlesSollars Charles Sollars

    what you didn’t like my peg-leg pelican with a top hat better?

  • trizz

    that logo is lame. it looks like the logos in the ‘create a team’ section of madden.

  • TrickyRicky

    Not too bad for a Pelicans logo, but it looks like NJLA with the basketball blocking part of the O.

  • http://twitter.com/TOGradyChicago Tom O’Grady

    Just pick up the phone NBA and call me… stop wasting your time. I know how to design an NBA logo.

  • katzndawgs

    That’s actually a badass looking pelican. Still not sold on the name, though.

  • Teo

    This one is not so bad either: dribbble a design site http://dribbble.com/shots/869763-Pelicans?list=suggestions

  • connor

    there doing it because they want it to ressemble jazz which is what new orleans in known for. The Hornets should change there name to the Jazz, Utah Jazz should change to Bobcats, and Charlotte Bobcats should change it to Hornets.

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