COMMENTARY | The New Orleans Pelicans began a new era in the Big Easy on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
After a spirited start to their season opener, the Pelicans' young squad eventually wore down against the veteran Indiana Pacers. Pelicans PF Anthony Davis clearly bulked up in the offseason and he began the 2013-14 NBA season with an improved skill set on offense.
Meanwhile, Eric Gordon had a pep in his step that had rarely been seen in New Orleans. And Jrue Holiday showed that the Pelicans will have an added dimension of explosiveness at the point guard position this season. But neither the Pelicans' impressive individual efforts nor the tough 95-90 loss to the Pacers were what NBA fans in New Orleans were talking about Wednesday night.
Pierre the Pelican
Although the Pelicans did play one preseason game in New Orleans, the team waited until opening night to unveil its new mascot. Despite the eager anticipation of seeing the mascot, this wouldn't be the first time New Orleans had a pelican as a mascot. At the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans, the city had a pelican by the name of Seymour D Fair (get it?) as its mascot. Seymour looked like a cross between Scrooge McDuck and Foghorn Leghorn.
To see a picture of this spiffy, gentlemanly mascot, click here.
On Wednesday night in New Orleans, the anticipation of seeing the new Pelicans' players and uniforms paled in comparison to finally seeing the new mascot. When Pierre the Pelican made his epic debut, I was aghast. The first thought that crossed my mind was that Pierre looked like the San Diego Chicken if he'd had too much to drink. (Actually, that could work in New Orleans, but I digress.) At this point, pictures of Pierre the Pelican are still scarce on the Internet, but I found a good one of the NBA's newest mascot.
In the spirit of Halloween, you can click here to see a very good picture of Pierre (if you dare).
Pelicans owner Tom Benson has stated that the pelican's resilience in the face of hurricanes, coastal erosion, and man-made disasters such as the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill inspired him to choose that as New Orleans' new NBA mascot. In fact, Pierre looks like he digested some of that BP oil.
Diehard New Orleans NBA fans know that Pierre the Pelican isn't the first scary, creepy mascot in the franchise's history. Although Hugo the Hornet was a typical NBA mascot, the Hornets had a special mascot that they saved for Mardi Gras season.
If you think Pierre is creepy, you've got to click here to check out King Cake Baby. But you might want to make sure your kids aren't around when you do so.
Although the Western Conference playoffs may be a longshot for the young Pelicans this season, an improved roster will still entertain fans in New Orleans. But on nights when the Pelicans lose heartbreakers as they did on opening night, Pierre the Pelican is sure to entertain the fans.
Although they may not have the fiercest name in the NBA, at least New Orleans has the scariest, creepiest mascot in the league.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Pelicans. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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