First of all, Pelicans is an awesome nickname. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It’s original and has a connection to the area, two important traits to have in a nickname. I mean, even Zach Lowe is on board. And when Zach Lowe has an opinion on something NBA related, he’s usually right.
Unfortunately, however, the mascot is NOT so awesome. In fact, it is terrifying.
Meet Pierre the Pelican.
Introducing your new mascot Pierre the Pelican! pic.twitter.com/CieVTs3sMt
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 31, 2013
This just can’t happen. You’ve had months and months to come up with a mascot, and this is it? What is that face? The mouth looks like a clown and the eyes seem like they have eyeliner on them. Pelicans is a great nickname, but it isn’t one that’s supposed to strike fear into an opponent. This mascot, however, might do just that.
The Pelicans tweet also set off a firestorm of Twitter jokes, which came in at a velocity rarely seen in the #basketballtwitter streets. Here’s just a sampling of them.
Internet personality @hancxck checking in.
Ya girl look like Pierre the Pelican. pic.twitter.com/smii5U5tAL
— Alex Hancock (@hancxck) October 31, 2013
Wait, Pierre? Is the Pelicans mascot JaVale McGee?
— In play, out(s) (@twarner50) October 31, 2013
And if the original mascot wasn’t creepy enough, we have NightmaroPeli, courtesy of Zach Harper.
You made me do this, Pelicans. NightmaroPeli: http://t.co/lO9Ncw0XSx
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) October 31, 2013
In short: Pelicans is awesome. Pierre is not.