Archive for: April 18th, 2013

The New Orleans Hornets Are Officially The New Orleans Pelicans

We all knew it was coming and now it’s official. The New Orleans Hornets are now the New Orleans Pelicans and the team confirmed that with a press release to point out all the new name changes:

Press Release :

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS OFFICIALLY ADOPT NEW NAMESAKE
Team takes on new brand identity following conclusion of 2012-13 season
April 18, 2013

Following last night’s final game of the 2012-13 season, the New Orleans Hornets officially took on the team’s new identity as the New Orleans Pelicans. The team will participate in its first NBA event as the Pelicans on May 21 at the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery.

The Pelicans launched their new website today, www.pelicans.com, as well as introducing a new presence in social media on Twitter (@pelicansnba), Facebook (Facebook.com/pelicansnba) and Instagram (@pelicansnba).

As the Pelicans introduce their new mascot, new uniforms and a new name and look for the dance team, fans will have the opportunity to be a part of the process and should stay tuned for more information on www.pelicans.com. Official Pelicans merchandise is also available on the team’s site.

“We have been looking forward to this day since we announced the Pelicans as the new name,” said Owner Tom Benson. “The Pelican is a symbol for our city and region and we’re excited to start a new era in Louisiana basketball history. This off-season is going to be a special time for the Pelicans.”

Benson announced on Jan. 24 that at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the name of the team will become the Pelicans, adopting an identity that will represent the culture and resolve of the Gulf Coast region while also symbolizing Louisiana’s most pressing initiative of coastal restoration and wildlife conservation. Benson introduced the team’s new logos, as well as color scheme, during the announcement.

The Pelicans’ colors are blue, gold and red. The team’s primary color, blue, is taken from Louisiana’s state flag. The Pelicans and Saints share the color gold, uniting the organizations, while celebrating the spirited life of New Orleans and its many celebrations (gold is also a commonly found color on the “crown” of the pelican). Red represents fraternity and is indicative of the blood provision of the mother pelican and the vibrant color underneath the pelican’s throat. All three colors are found on the flag of the City of New Orleans.

Sugar Land Skeeters Trade For Jason Lane

SKEETERS ACQUIRE LANE FROM BARNSTORMERS
2012 Skeeters MVP Returns to for 2013 Season

SUGAR LAND, TX – The Sugar Land Skeeters announced today that the club has purchased the rights of left-handed pitcher and former Skeeters Team MVP Jason Lane from the Lancaster Barnstormers in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later. The announcement was made by Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti and Director of Operations Michael Kirk.
In March, Sugar Land traded Lane’s 2013 negotiating rights to Lancaster prior to his release from the Minnesota Twins organization. Along with Lane, the Skeeters also traded the rights of infielder Jason Botts and outfielder Bubba Bell, in exchange for centerfielder Adam Godwin.

Lane, a former Houston Astro and World Series participant, was named the Skeeters’ 2012 Most Valuable Player following the club’s inaugural season. After joining Sugar Land in June, the lefty starter went 9-5 with a 3.17 ERA (39ER/110.2IP) and one complete game over 18 games (17 starts). His 110.2 innings pitched ranked first among the Skeeters staff. He also made an impact from the other side of the plate, playing 61 games primarily in the outfield and hitting .275 with nine home runs.
Originally selected by the Astros in the sixth round of the June 1999 Draft, Lane owns a career 11-5 record with a 3.89 ERA (66ER/152.2IP) over 12 combined minor league seasons. At the plate, he owns a .280 average with 164 career home runs and 694 RBI. Over six Major League seasons with Houston (2002-07) and San Diego (2007), Lane holds a .241 average in 497 career games.

Sugar Land faces off against the Long Island Ducks this Thursday, April 18 at 7:05 p.m. at Constellation Field. Limited tickets still remain for Opening Day and the weekend kickoff to Season 2 with the Skeeters. Fans are encouraged to act now and be a part of the Opening Weekend festivities.
For more information on the Atlantic League, the Sugar Land Skeeters and how to purchase tickets, visit www.sugarlandskeeters.com or call 281.240.4487 today.
About the Sugar Land Skeeters

The Sugar Land Skeeters, led by Manager and former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti, play at Constellation Field, a $37 million stadium located at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land – just 20 minutes from downtown Houston.
The Skeeters play 140 regular season games (70 home, 70 away) in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last 15 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball.

Red Wings Johan Franzen Scores From Center Ice

Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen had one of the best and weirdest shouts of the NHL season with this goal from center ice.

Houston Baptist University Kicks Off First Football Season Against Sam Houston State

HBU football

Houston Baptist University will have their first football season in 2013 and they will start their inaugural season against Sam Houston State. HBU will play seven games their first season. Here’s the team schedule below.

8/31/2013 Sam Houston State @ Huntsville, Texas 6:00 p.m.

9/14/2013 Wayland Baptist @ Plainview, Texas 6:00 p.m.

9/21/2013 Texas College @ Strake Jesuit 7:00 p.m.

9/28/2013 Oklahoma Baptist @ Strake Jesuit 7:00 p.m.

10/12/2013 Abilene Christian @ BBVA Compass Stadium 3:00 p.m.

10/26/2013 Incarnate Word @ San Antonio, Texas 7:00 p.m.

11/9/2013 Texas A&M-Commerce Strake Jesuit 3:00 p.m.

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