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- Feb 9, 2009
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Charlotte Longs for Its Blue Period
Hey, if we could have the Jazz back, that would be all our preference. But in this case, Hornets will no longer be used after this season. Why not let them have it back? I think it's a great idea.“The Hornets, the colors, the name, the mascot — it’s identified with Charlotte around the world,” said Jibril Hough, 46, who attended a recent Bobcats game in a teal Larry Johnson throwback jersey. “This brand says Charlotte like nothing else.”
During the Revolutionary War, the British commander Charles Cornwallis called Charlotte a “hornet’s nest” of rebellion. To honor that legacy, a hornet’s nest appears on every city police officer’s uniform and every police car. A hornet’s nest is even depicted on a statue in the center of the city.
“They were the first real professional sports team, and they were ours,” said Scotty Kent, 24, a teacher who grew up rooting for the Hornets. “And they were given a name that represented our community, and that’s really the big thing for me. Charlotte would be the hive and the people would be the Hornets. The teal and purple became iconic.”