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From the Times Picayune: [url="http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2013/04/tom_benson_stepped_down_from_n.html"]Benson stepping down from NFL committees to focus on other interests[/url]

[quote]New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, one of the most influential owners in the NFL, has ceded some of his power.


After spending more than two decades on the league's Finance Committee, including three stints as its chairman, Benson, 85, stepped down from his role during last month's NFL owners' meeting in Phoenix. In doing so, Benson also exited his positions on the NFL's Audit and Compensation committees. The Finance Committee is widely viewed as one of the NFL's most influential and time-consuming positions.

Benson, who also owns the New Orleans Hornets, said he decided to leave the committees because he wants to concentrate on his other local business interests, including the Benson Tower, Champions Square and the continued re-branding of the Hornets, who will become the New Orleans Pelicans next season.[/quote]

Saint fans painted Benson as The Devil when he was talking about moving the team. During last year's team bounty scandal though, he was viewed as their hero, standing up to the evil dictator, Roger Goodell.

Now he's wanting to shift some of his focus away fro the Saints toward alternate business ventures. Kinda wonder how that'll be received over in SaintLand.

Were I in his spot, my first order of business would probably be to figure out how in the hell my basketball team wound up being named "The Pelicans" (and naturally, to deny the decision had anything whatsoever to do with me).
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[quote name='Mr. Scot' timestamp='1364886334' post='2183277']


Were I in his spot, my first order of business would probably be to figure out how in the hell my basketball team wound up being named "The Pelicans" (and naturally, to deny the decision had anything whatsoever to do with me).
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I was thinking this exact thing the pelicans wtf?

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Nice logo and colors (pelicans)

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[quote name='TbTeRRoR' timestamp='1364907930' post='2183375']


I was thinking this exact thing the pelicans wtf?
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I know its been discussed but it was a New Orleans team name of some sort way back when. It has its ties to the city. Benson and his pals are probably the only ones old enough to remember it, but it's a Nawlin's Thang I guess. Either way I will gladly welcome the Hornets back in the Hive!

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yea the logo is about as badass as you can make a pelican look...

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whenever I see their logo I think of nazis
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nu9IPI9bqyg/SoBL4ioTAQI/AAAAAAAAA2Y/JcHQbDl16zs/s1600/nazi+eagle.gif[/img]

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[quote name='L-TownCat' timestamp='1364909823' post='2183400']
I know its been discussed but it was a New Orleans team name of some sort way back when. It has its ties to the city. Benson and his pals are probably the only ones old enough to remember it, but it's a Nawlin's Thang I guess. Either way I will gladly welcome the Hornets back in the Hive!
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A historical element helps it make a little more sense.

Still...Pelicans? :blink:

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[quote name='Mr. Scot' timestamp='1364911979' post='2183421']

A historical element helps it make a little more sense.

Still...Pelicans? :blink:
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Yeah, I'm not giving it any support other than it could possibly bring back a team name that I loved from my youth. Charlotte just hasn't been the same without the Hornets.

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[quote name='L-TownCat' timestamp='1364913208' post='2183443']
Yeah, I'm not giving it any support other than it could possibly bring back a team name that I loved from my youth. Charlotte just hasn't been the same without the Hornets.
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At least Hornets can be scary.

Pelicans make me think of Nigel from Finding Nemo.

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i remember reading about a problem they were having in arizona somewhere a few years back they were having with pelicans diving into the ground and killing themsleves. i guess they saw the refraction on the ground and thought it was water. i always felt bad for them and at the same time couldn't help thinking "what a dumb bird".

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[quote name='Mr. Scot' timestamp='1364913565' post='2183450']

At least Hornets can be scary.

Pelicans make me think of Nigel from Finding Nemo.
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Yeah the Pelican is not exactly natures top predator or anything. It basically boils down to a bird that has tremendous deep throating skills.

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[quote name='L-TownCat' timestamp='1364914011' post='2183455']
Yeah the Pelican is not exactly natures top predator or anything. It basically boils down to a bird that has tremendous deep throating skills.
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I am not going there :lol:

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Okay kids, here's the scoop: The Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. In fact the Pelican is on their state flag.

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[quote name='rayzor' timestamp='1364913949' post='2183454']
i remember reading about a problem they were having in arizona somewhere a few years back they were having with pelicans diving into the ground and killing themsleves. i guess they saw the refraction on the ground and thought it was water. i always felt bad for them and at the same time couldn't help thinking "what a dumb bird".
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Pretty sure that was the Boise State field. Thought it was seagulls though.

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[quote name='10/26/93' timestamp='1364917617' post='2183502']
Okay kids, here's the scoop: The Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. In fact the Pelican is on their state flag.
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Understandable. Doesn't really make them more intimidating, though.

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[quote name='Mr. Scot' timestamp='1364917724' post='2183505']

Understandable. Doesn't really make them more intimidating, though.
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True. But "Saints" never struck fear in the hearts of opposing teams either. LOL

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[quote name='Mr. Scot' timestamp='1364917724' post='2183505']

Understandable. Doesn't really make them more intimidating, though.
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you've got to understand public perception instead of having to explain something.

when have pelicans been considered majestic or heroic? not any time that i can remember and i'm in my 40s.

when have they been consdered dangerous to anything but fish and themselves? none that i can remember either.

how are they usually cast? cartoonish. clumsy. comedic. that's pretty much the way that team is going to be viewed.

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the New Orleans Pelicans

[img]http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/3/32849/1356757-pelican_1.jpg[/img]

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[quote name='10/26/93' timestamp='1364917868' post='2183508']
True. But "Saints" never struck fear in the hearts of opposing teams either. LOL
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I'll give you that :lol:

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[quote name='10/26/93' timestamp='1364917868' post='2183508']
True. But "Saints" never struck fear in the hearts of opposing teams either. LOL
[/quote]with the exception of a handful of years in their 40+ year existence they've been a joke and not taken seriously.

i have a feeling they are heading back that direction.

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or maybe another way to say it was, "Benson was urged to stepped down" after being part of the most embarrassing fiasco any owner could be a part of.

Have to look all the other owners in the eye and say "Ehhhhhh guys, sorry about that whole trying to destroy the careers of your multi million dollar investments. We didnt mean nuttin by it, you know that right?"


Age is not a factor for men whos hubris is bigger than Everest, they will cling to every bit of power they have until it is removed from them.

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[quote name='10/26/93' timestamp='1364917617' post='2183502']
Okay kids, here's the scoop: The Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. In fact the Pelican is on their state flag.
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Not sure why, but all this does is make me hate the Saints even more.

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[quote name='L-TownCat' timestamp='1364914011' post='2183455']


Yeah the Pelican is not exactly natures top predator or anything. It basically boils down to a bird that has tremendous deep throating skills.
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not as bad as gibbons that accidentally grab their own arms instead of vines while swing through treetops and fall to their deaths. what morons

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[quote name='PhillyB' timestamp='1364921264' post='2183593']
not as bad as gibbons that accidentally grab their own arms instead of vines while swing through treetops and fall to their deaths. what morons
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Ha! If had to venture a guess, that would be a direct lineage of one Martin Hurney.

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I need to get my eyes checked. I looked at the title of this post three times and each time I thought it said sh*tting priorities.





Makes more sense your way.

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