Big news, you guys.
As an amateur sociologist examining that thin slice of Venn-Diagram between birds and human civilization, I think a lot about birds and sports teams. Despite the general sense that birds don't play much of a role in the lives of non-birders, there are a whole bunch of sports teams - both pro and college - named after birds.
And now, we're getting another one. News outlets are reporting that the New Orleans Hornets (nee the Charlotte Hornets, which moved into town when the former New Orleans NBA team left to create the hilariously-named-and-borderline-oxymoronic Utah Jazz) are changing their name to ... wait for it ... the New Orleans Pelicans.
The pelicans! I love it, for a bunch of reasons. One, New Orleans is covered with Brown Pelicans, so this change reflects my preference for locally-relevant team names. Two, instead of some generic "tough" bird like a hawk or an eagle, pelicans are charmingly awkward and non-threatening (unless you're a fish). Third, because the New Orleans Pelicans was formally the name of a minor league baseball team, there's a chance we could see the return of this adorable (if ornithologically-inaccurate) logo:
What a great development! The nickname is likely to change in time for the 2013-14 season, so get your season tickets now.