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The latest buzz: Hornets considering change to Pelicans?


The buzz is heating up around Charlotte for fans who are hoping to change the name of the city's professional basketball team.

A Yahoo Sports writer, Marc Spears, posted an article around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night that the New Orleans Hornets could change names as early as next season.

Spears quoted sources saying the New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season.

"The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14," Spears wrote in his article. "Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans."

With the first two lines of his article, you could practically hear the buzz building in Charlotte with the thought of getting the Hornets name back.

Social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, exploded after the article was posted online.

The Hornets left Charlotte for New Orleans in 2002, after 14 years in the city.  The city later landed a new team, the Charlotte Bobcats.

Starting last season a major effort has been made to get the name back in Charlotte.  One of the loudest voices has been the people behind "Bring Back the Buzz."

"It was just a matter of time, but that it's all coming down, it's hard to think straight," said John Morgan, via the "We Beelieve" twitter account. "GO (Charlotte) Hornets!!!"

But Morgan says you can't just wait and hope for Charlotte to get a name change.

"It's important for the city to support the Cats NOW," he said via Twitter. "Wear your teal and purple, but get out an cheer for the home team every chance you get!"

The Bring Back the Buzz group is hosting an even called "Swarm Time Warner on January 19th, during the Bobcats game against the Kings.

"We're going to throw on our Teal and Purple finest and Swarm Time Warner Cable Arena with a ferocity that's going to conjure the ghosts of the old Hive," the online invitation states." We're going to have pre/post-game rallies. We're going to pack as many of the cheap seats as we can. We're going to cheer for the current 'Cats just as hard as we will when they're wearing purple and teal."

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan told The Charlotte Observer he would consider changing it back to Hornets if the name was available.

"It's definitely an interest down the road, but right now it's the New Orleans Hornets," Jordan told the Charlotte Observer. "We would definitely entertain the opportunity. That's as much as we can say right now. We've heard the community ask the question, and we would listen."

Spears said the Hornets also considered the nicknames Krewe (groups of costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans) and Brass.

Louisiana is the Pelican State. The brown pelican is the state bird and appears on the state flag and seal, and official state painting.

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