The national media discover the Pelicans' King Cake Baby mascot


The nation — which clearly hasn't been paying attention — met King Cake Baby last night. - @WWLTVSPORTS (VIA TWITTER)
  • The nation — which clearly hasn't been paying attention — met King Cake Baby last night.

Long before Pierre the Pelican became a national celebrity for his once-frightening visage, the New Orleans Hornets' sub-mascot, King Cake Baby, was alarming people and becoming a local social media sensation.

Now that Pierre has had reconstructive surgery, it seems the national media have discovered what we've already known for a while: King Cake Baby is f-r-e-a-k-y. 

Today Bleacher Report filed a story on KCB ("a grotesque creature that looks like it survives off some wicked concoction of stolen baby candy and tears"), and Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports penned an essay:

Everything about King Cake Baby — the always-watching eyes, the airbrushed bib, the scooter-enabled mobility and perhaps most especially the evidently-ready-to-come-off-at-a-moment's-notice diaper — is deeply, deeply unsettling. It boggles the mind that the Hornets/Pelicans would create mascots as disturbing as King Cake Baby and Pierre by sheer happenstance, which leads me to believe that the New Orleans professional basketball franchise is doing its level best to increase its market share in the one area no other team — well, except for the Heat and Thunder when LeBron and Durant are cooking, I guess — can really occupy.

The Pelicans aim to become the No. 1 team in your nightmarescape, America. Move over, Freddy Krueger. King Cake Baby's hungry.
All we can say is: The plastic surgeons who turned the once-fearsome Pierre into a Pelican version of a Kardashian better keep their surgical gloves off King Cake Baby. He's terrifying. He's ours. He's New Orleans in a diaper.

Here's a 2012 report from WWL-TV in which a marauding King Cake Baby chases sports reporter Bradley Handwerger to hell and back around the Arena a few times.

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