Thanks to everyone who responded to this thread for your input. I was ready to keep the hood emblems and paint them black until Deke736 posted the photo of his car without them. That pushed me over the edge. I gotta say I like my car without the emblems and in the end that's all that really counts.
In a couple hours, it will be off to the detailer to have the car detailed and Opti-coated. Can't wait to see how that turns out.