In one of the most exciting stories of the year, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans, possibly as soon as the 2013-14 NBA season.
A lot of nickname changes are for the birds, with a lot of people squawking and crowing about nothing. This one makes my heart take flight. Some people might think there's something fishy about "the Pelicans," or may lament that this means the current season may be Hugo Hornet's swan song. Certainly Anthony Davis didn't think he was signing up to be a Pelican.
I, on the other hand, could not more staunchly support the team renaming itself after the majestic pelican. These kangaroos of the sea and/or air are fierce and loyal allies of your standard human man. How many cartoons have we seen where pelicans have selflessly taken it upon themselves to fill their neck-bags with water and use that water to extinguish fires? So many cartoons. If you got to choose which bird you could be, pelican would easily make the top five, behind eagle, condor, hawk, falcon and emu. Okay; top 10 at least.
In short: opponents should be afraid. VERY afraid.
ALL HAIL THE GLORIOUS AND MURDEROUS PELICAN. LONG MAY YOUR BEAK DRINK THE NECTAR OF YOUR FALLEN FOES.