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Some kids in Moore aren’t getting their letter jackets


There are a lot of important milestones that I remember from high school. It’s a great time of your life where you’re meeting all sorts of goals and benchmarks, and skipping algebra class to smoke pot behind the dumpster at the Second Street Denny’s. You’re finally discovering who you were born to be, while also crying in a bathroom stall while people talk about you behind your back in the cafeteria.

Things like your driver’s test, going to prom, underage drinking, standardized tests, big football games, fingerbanging—all important parts of being a teenager in America. And for some, there’s also the letter jacket experience. That’s right, readers. I’m talking about being a jock. It’s that special condition that makes you better than everyone else because you are a player on the sportsball team….or band. But some kids in Moore won’t get to show off their sportiness.

According to KFOR.com:

OKLAHOMA CITY – Parents, if your kid has ever earned a letter jacket, you know how important that can be.

However, some metro students paid for their jackets and never received them.

Late night practices, competitions and finally, Westmoore High School Senior Paige Ratliff was going to get her letter jacket.

“I was super excited,” she said. “I get my letterman and I waited until I was a Senior to be able to purchase it.”

So she went to Monograms and More and paid nearly $300 for the jacket.

It never arrived and the owner who sold it to her then sold the entire store to someone else.

“I feel betrayed,” Ratliff said.

She’s not alone.

The store’s new owner, Joi Tipton, took over Tuesday.

She said since then, she’s learned 21 students paid the previous owner, Charles Goar, for letter jackets and never received them.

“It is a big deal when you call somebody and you find out the person who purchased these jackets for them is passed away,” Tipton said. “This is more than a jacket and they’re prideful and I think that’s what tugs on me.”

Tipton said documents show Goar ordered jackets but never paid the tab that went with the order and it was canceled.

“There’s money that has been paid down but I don’t have the money, I don’t know where the money is,” Tipton said.

There you have it]. There are people who still wear letter jackets. And apparently there are those who think there are rules as to when it’s okay to purchase them. I’m pretty sure that everyone at Sequoyah Middle School got one after they received their first letter in the seventh grade, and then nobody wore them after that. So, while it sucks that this happened to some poor unsuspecting teens, I think I’ve found the silver lining.

The only people who remember high school fondly suck. Seriously. When I was 19, I was dating this awful 25-year old bartender from Tishomingo, and invariably, every date would devolve into how good at football he was back in the day until he blew out his knee. Then, there are your friends on Facebook who peaked when they were 15, and now just post pictures with the caption “omg remember high school lol” and it’s always a picture of them the last time they weren’t obese and world-weary. High school is in the past and it should stay there.

And so, I’m sorry that you waited until your senior year to get your letter jacket only to be ripped off. But you don’t need it. If you go to college and you try to walk around with that weak sauce garment as your excuse for a coat, you will be made fun of. Mercilessly. Your dorm mates will talk about you behind your back, and your professors will roll their eyes at you because there is no need to celebrate the fact that played a sport in high school and managed to show up to all the required practices and games. That’s all a letter signifies. That’s it. I should know. I played school sports from seventh grade all the way through senior year.

And if you don’t plan to go to college, just know that wearing the letter jacket to your job or any adult function automatically puts you in the “omg remember high school lol” category.


  1. I also swore I would never be one of those guys standing around the sidelines on Friday Night at the local HS game wearing their letter jackets, up to five years after they graduated. They were always huddled together and if you were in ear-shot you would always hear the same things “these guys don’t know how easy they’ve got it” and “we woulda beat these guys azzs” and the always original “back in our day………..”
    BTW I still have my high School and college football letter jackets (my mom had put them in storage)……….My daughter and the other younger kids use them for halloween costumes and props for “old time” skits………best use of a letter jacket I can think of (other than giving to homeless to keep warm).
    and in my best Beavis and Butthead……….”uh huh uh.. you said fingerbang”…….”uh huh uh huh huh uh”

    • Letter jackets are terrible at keeping you warm. Be sure to include a hooded sweatshirt if you give it to some one for warmth.

  2. It really doesn’t matter if someone wears a letter jacket once. If you pay for something, you should get it, even if someone has some high school issues and blogs about how stupid she thinks they are. All the stuff to make fun of in the world and this is all you got?

  3. Popular kids and letter jackets aren’t synonymous at a 6A school like Westmoore with so many kids playing sports and participating in other activities (the band kids always get laid more than anyone btw).

    To 20-somethings the letter jacket ain’t a big deal, but they (or their parents) paid $300 in conjunction for a goal they’d been working towards. They’re right to be upset. And while it may come as a shock, no one outside the 73034 can afford jr. high letter jackets.

    All that barely suppressed rage at your high school aside, your fourth paragraph is the most succinct summation of our generation’s post-high school experience I’ve ever read. So kudos for that.

  4. I hated high school too. That said, it sucks that these kids lost all that money (or, more likely, it was their parents’ money). $300 is a lot of ramen and beer.

  5. Hope these kids get their jackets. That blows that they dished out that cash for them on only to get their hopes crushed. On a side note…you’re spot on about the guy’s walking around college with their high school letter jackets. I almost felt pity for them when I saw them. Just wanted to give them a hug and tell them to let it go….wearing a high school letter jacket to college has an opposite effect as it did in high school. You won’t be admired, you’ll be mocked.

  6. Wow, that was a nasty, cold-hearted column. There are a lot of achievements in high school that seem less important later in life, but that doesn’t lessen their meaning at the time. I’m sure you feel so smug from your twenty-something pedestal looking down on those high school kids. Guess what, the people above you are looking down on you and the view ain’t very pretty. These kids got ripped off and that’s wrong, but it is not as wrong as your condescending attitude.

    And just for the record: I lettered in band in high school, but neither owned nor wanted a letter jacket.

    • Hey, Karen… Marisa’s post is dead-on accurate. Yeah, I’m sorry about their lost $$, too but get over it and welcome to life.
      And btw, I enjoyed high school too but from someone much older than you, it’s time to stop criticizing a well written blog post and get over your own “condescending attitude.”

  7. Reading this today, it doesn’t seem nearly as funny. Not that, as the parent of a high school student, I would ever think shelling out $300 and not receiving something in return was funny in any circumstance.

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