The two-page handwritten letter is from 99-year old Clara Jeffers. She wants to join the hysteria.
I want to give the nickname ZINGERS to our new basketball club. ZINGERS sounds good. Say it—Oklahoma City Zingers. I hope you like it. I just want the team's success and with a name like Zingers—Wow.
The letter goes on to detail Jeffers' basketball days, when she played center for Oklahoma A&M College (now OSU.) She's photocopied her Kappa Delta Pi membership card and an honors ticket to the top of the letter. She wants to be sure people know she's got credibility.
Along with the letter is a round "Senior Care” cardboard coaster. On the back, near-century-old hands have colored Zingers onto a photo of Luke Ridnour's Oklahoma City practice jersey.
The letter stands out amongst stacks of memos and e-mails and phone calls to The Oklahoman
in the last couple weeks. Everybody, from 99-year old Jeffers to 28-year old Mitch Welch, wants to add a new name to list or give their thoughts on ones already there.
Here are a few fans and what they think the new NBA team should be named:
•Mark Boyd, 44, Enid
Why: "I came up with the Slickers because it paints us in a good light, and it leaves open a lot of choices for a mascot. I think it would be fun to work with.”
Doesn't like: Barons, Tornados, Twisters
•Stacey Baker, 38, Norman
Why: "It rolls off the tongue. I think it's important to have something with local ties and something that is unique.”
Doesn't like: Marshals, Tornados, Twisters
•Mike Starcevich, 65, Oklahoma City
Why: "The name Boomers has significance. It represents that we are kind of starting over with this team and it's a whole new thing.