Monthly Archives: May 2012
Come Out Tonight! From 7 pm to 10 pm and join us at Baileys for a night of Hornets excitement there hasn’t been since they left the Queen City. There will be something for everybody!
We will have free food buffet courtesy of Rave. There will be waitresses dressed in teal and purple! Trivia with prizes that I cannot disclose….lets just say 50 yard line *cough* Panthers *cough*! a photo booth for a dollar and a raffle where proceeds will go to Metro School. If you have fallin in love with the Bring Back The Buzz gear it will all be at Baileys tonight!
I know your next question is “how do i get there?” Have no fear! go to the main page at Bringbackthebuzz.com and click on the link at the top which will take you right to the Facebook Event with directions and an address listed. Come out and find out the stuff I didnt talk about on here
Tomorrow at Bailey’s Sports Bar & Grille Charlotte Hornets fans will reunite once again around 7pm. This time they will be meeting for a few reasons but the main one still being the infamous “name change”. John Morgan of the “We Beelieve” campaign has teamed up with “Rave Productions” to create a NBA Draft Lottery Party/Trivia Night/Charity Raffle. The proceeds from the raffle will go towards benefiting the Metro School in Charlotte. There will be a great deal of Charlotte Hornet themed prizes as well as TWO LOWER LEVEL 50 YARD LINE seats for our Panthers’ October match up against the Seahawks. There will be a free buffet, drink specials and waitresses sporting the wonderful Teal & Purple.
On a completely separate note Scotty Kent from “Bring Back the Buzz” has recently been granted a teaching position at a school in Charlotte. Scotty is a currently a school teacher in Greensboro and is excited about the opportunity to return home.
Charlotte Hornets Team Trivia Night/NBA Draft Lottery/Charity Raffle to Benefit the Metro School of Charlotte!
8500 Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 ——7:00pm until 10:00pm
The season’s over, but the fun has just begun!!! Wow. That’s as lame an intro as you’ll ever find anywhere. But it happens to be true. LEAVING IT IN!!!
The event title says it all: we, alongside our pals @ R.A.V.E. Trivia, are hosting a live, Charlotte Hornets’-theme…d team trivia event the night of the NBA Draft Lottery (Wednesday, May 30th) @ 7 pm. Based upon the NBA’s convoluted lottery system, there is only a 25% chance we’ll be celebrating the fact that Anthony Davis will be wearing teal and purple in the near future. However, there is a 100% chance that this is going to be the party of the century.
There will be oodles of amazing Hornets’-related prizes for the trivia winners and Baileys has committed to some RIDICULOUSLY gracious free stuff that I’ll post about when we have it all hammered out. But for my money, the coolest thing we’re doing has to do with the CHARITY RAFFLE we’re putting together. We’re putting together a set of AMAZING prizes that we’re going to raffle off, and all of the proceeds are going to the METRO SCHOOL of Charlotte, who serves 250 students, age 3-22, all of whom are cognitively (and in many cases, physically) disabled. Come on out and support this wonderful cause!!!
If you’ve never been to Bailey’s, you’re gonna love it. Conveniently located off Highway 51 in south Charlotte (right off 485), they have something like 6000 tvs, 560 pool tables, 400 arcade games, and 350 foosball tables. I might be being a litttttle hyperbolic with those numbers, but only a little. It’s a fun joint for the whole family. Food, drinks, and a few metric tons of your best teal and purple pals. What could be better?
Listen gang…there is A LOT more to tell you about this event, but I’m gonna hold my tongue until I get it all set in stone. Suffice it to say: you’ll want to be there. I’ll keep y’all updated, but in the meantime, RSVP, and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!!
There has been a lot of talk for many years about rebranding the Charlotte Bobcats. I’m sure you’ve heard it. In fact, you’ve addressed this subject at least twice that I have read. The first time was in an interview with the Charlotte Business Journal shortly after you were introduced as owner.
Michael Jordan On the Bobcats nickname:
“I’m open for anything. It’s a commitment — we have to go through the league. It’s a process. It’s a financial commitment. Am I willing to look at that and say, “Can we go down that road?” Yeah. If I get the understanding from the public that we need that — and it signifies change, yeah, I would do that. But once again, it’s a process. It’s a $3 million to $10 million investment to do that. I’m not afraid of that as long as, at the backside of that, I think the public is going to be happy about it, I think it’s going to be great for the organization, I think it’s going to be a new beginning. I would consider that.”
Next in your January, 2012 Chairman’s Corner Q & A on Bobcats.com
Carson in Gastonia said that he heard that if enough support was raised we would ask the league about trying to get the Hornets nickname. “That would be a very complicated and expensive process, and judging by what we’ve heard from fans it does not appear that there is the groundswell of support that many people believe there is.”
After reading the first article, I was really excited and hopeful that we could rid ourselves of the Bobcats nickname that has never resonated with very many Charlotte area fans. My hopes took a bit of a hit when I read your Chairman’s Corner letter but, I understood that the “Hornets” belonged to another team and getting it back would be next to impossible. I still held out hope that you would make a change but, realized that a name change to anything other than Hornets most likely wasn’t worth your investment. I reluctantly began to realize that we were stuck with the “Bobcats” name.
Who would have ever imagined that the owner of the most hated NFL team to most Carolina Panthers fans, could also be the man to breathe life back into our NBA dreams? “We want to change the name from Hornets to something that means New Orleans and Louisiana,” Tom Benson said. Just typing that makes me smile. Just typing that stirs emotions from deep within. Emotions that I thought died when my team was taken from me.
The great thing about having those emotions stirred was realizing that I wasn’t alone. No, there were many, many other fans that were invigorated by the chance that our first love could really be coming home. Suddenly, the local newscasts, newspaper articles, radio shows, fan message boards, twitter, and facebook were flooded with the excitement that Hugo could be coming home. A grassroots effort coined “Bring Back The Buzz” has organized support rallies, there is even a documentary being filmed to capture the excitement. A recent online poll conducted by the Charlotte Observer had over 10,000 respondents of which, 84% favored the Hornets nickname. Not only did the “Hornets” win in a landslide, those that favored the “Bobcats” came in at only 3%, trailing behind “Cougars” and “I Don’t Care.”
The groundswell that you didn’t believe existed has suddenly and furiously grown into a great Tsunami.
The fans speaking up and pleading for change isn’t a new phenomenon in Charlotte’s NBA history. You see, the Hornets were originally going to be called the Spirit. When George Shinn and his ownership group announced that Spirit would be the nickname of Charlotte’s expansion franchise in 1987, the fans voiced their displeasure. Shinn decided to sponsor another name-the-team contest and had fans vote on six finalists. More than 9,000 ballots were cast and Hornets won by a landslide, beating out Knights, Cougars, Spirit, Crowns, and Stars.
When the “Bobcats” name was chosen, again there was disappointment but, this time the owner didn’t offer the fans an alternative. This was Bob’s Team, this was Bob’s Cats. I think your old teammate summed up what many of us Charlotteans felt. “It sounds like a girls’ softball team to me,” Steve Kerr told reporters. “I guess it shows there aren’t many good nicknames left to be had.”
“There’s a pride that comes with being here, and a respect for tradition that makes this a special place.”… “I want to build a connection between this team and this community”… “I’ll be bringing plenty of ideas and resources to the table but, I’m also here to listen. Your feedback is important to me because at the end of the day, this is your team too.”
Those are your words, from your letter to fans on March 21, 2010. I was excited by those words because I believed them. I believed that you would do anything you could to ignite this fan base, I believed that if the fans wanted something and it was within your control- that you would make it happen. If this is really our team too, please listen to us, please bring Hugo home, please “Bring Back The Buzz”, please bring the Hornets home to Charlotte.
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Dateline: Nov 15th 1996
This date most likely doesn’t stick out in your mind but, I remember it like it was yesterday. I mean who doesn’t remember the day that they got to meet the person they idolized? There I was sitting at the baseline for the Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets game; I was watching the team that I had loved for so long playing against the greatest player to ever play the game. I must admit that although I was a diehard Hornets fan, I was pulling for you to score 100 points but, I wanted the Hornets to score 101. You see no matter how much I wanted you to personally succeed; I wanted my Hornets to win even more. Despite a sold-out Hive of 24,042 fans, your Bulls were too much to overcome. As soon as the final buzzer sounded, I was able to sneak past security and to catch up with you right before you made your way into the tunnel… “Excuse me, Mr. Jordan. Can I please have your autograph” I excitedly said. Your reply, “Not right now, maybe next time”. I walked away dejected, when would I ever get a chance to have Michael Jordan sign something again?
Michael, I’m ready to cash in my “maybe next time”. Only this time I don’t want your autograph on something of mine, I want your autograph on the contract that officially makes the Charlotte Hornets a reality again.
Tom Benson has offered up the greatest assist in the history of Charlotte basketball… Can you still finish?