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04:01 PM ET 03.04 | The renaming of the New Orleans Hornets to the New Orleans Pelicans has reverberated in the franchise's former home. In North Carolina, the Charlotte Bobcats who are discussing whether or not to rename themselves as the Hornets. Owner Michael Jordan has said there's a mixed bag of fan opinion on the issue, but there has long been legitimate noise to make a change. The movement is gaining more steam. Family-owned business Blackhawk Hardware began an ad campaign to promote the return of the Hornets moniker, according to the Charlotte Observer. The ad that displays the website Hornets2013.com simply reads, "Charlotte. Let's take back the buzz."

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, Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
March 4, 2013  04:37 PM ET

As someone who's from charlotte, I whole heartedly embrace the idea of the hornets name returning. While the bobcats don't have awful attendance despite how garbage they have been so far in their existance, the town has never really embraced them. There is a large number of people who have always resented them for not being the hornets. The hornets were this towns original major sports franchise, getting it's name and colors back would be a very feel good story.

March 4, 2013  07:11 PM ET

But why Pelicans? Its a stupid name

March 4, 2013  07:57 PM ET

Charlotte Nascars

March 5, 2013  08:17 AM ET

The Name Won't Overcome Your Game, Bros.

March 5, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Having lived in Charlotte, I agree that the Bobcats name never really stuck with people around here. A lot of it was because of the arrogance with former owner Bob Johnson and the thought that he named the team after himself. A name change won't fix the problems with the team on the court, but bringing the Hornets name back will at least heal up some wounds off the court. There are a lot of people that simply won't support the current team because it's not Hornets. Sounds petty to some, but in an area where heritage means a lot it's a big deal. Heck, you still see far more Charlotte Hornets gear around town (and even in other cities) than you ever did Bobcats.

 
March 5, 2013  01:23 PM ET
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As someone who's from charlotte, I whole heartedly embrace the idea of the hornets name returning. While the bobcats don't have awful attendance despite how garbage they have been so far in their existance, the town has never really embraced them. There is a large number of people who have always resented them for not being the hornets. The hornets were this towns original major sports franchise, getting it's name and colors back would be a very feel good story.

A Charlotte team by any other name smells the same.

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