ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In this the first season of the New Orleans Pelicans, the franchise has had some very public mascot difficulties. After introducing a pelican named Pierre a few months back, a remixed, more friendly Pelican was introduced just before the All-Star break.
And then last night the Pelicans trotted out something called King Cake Baby, which is, frankly, rather disturbing.
The King Cake, for what it’s worth, is a Mardi Gras tradition, in which a small plastic toy baby is cooked inside a cake. If you get the baby in your slice of cake, it traditionally signals good luck.
If a huge version of King Cake Baby shows up on the basketball court, however, I’m not so sure it signals luck of any kind.