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  • Oklahoma State basketball: Buying out Travis Ford is completely irresponsible

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 37 min ago

    Travis Ford’s fate is being debated by OSU athletic director, according to a report by our man John Helsley which you can read here, and it comes down to two decisions: Can OSU collect enough money to pay off Ford’s contract, which still has four years remaining and would cost more than $8...

  • Cubs looking out for the fans in sending down Kris Bryant

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The baseball union is upset that the Chicago Cubs assigned phenom Kris Bryant to their minor league camp Monday. That, of course, goes under the who-cares heading. Here’s a much better gauge on whether the Cubs are doing the right thing. How do Cub fans feel? The Cubs sent down Bryant because of...

  • NCAA Tournament makes us forget that college basketball is a sport in trouble

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: 17 hr ago

    College basketball attendance is down for the seventh straight regular season. ESPN’s ratings this season were down. The sport’s regular season is becoming less and less attractive as it trots out 20th-century rules for a 21st-century audience.

  • Why is the NCAA women's tournament poorly attended?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The NCAA women’s regional was poorly attended in Oklahoma City. You can read Jenni Carlson’s column about that here. I can’t blame Oklahoma sports fans for staying away. There was bad timing for the Friday night semifinals — they went against an OU men’s game in the Sweet 16. And Sunday night at...

  • Another curse of Kevin Durant's injury: Foul shooting

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The Thunder made just 21 of 32 foul shots in a five-point loss at Utah on Saturday night. That once was a rare occurrence for Oklahoma City. But not this season. The Thunder made just 11 of 18 foul shots in a 10-point loss at Atlanta. Just 12 of 21 in a five-point loss at […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Here's one more thing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's injuries have taken from the Thunder

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Thunder has no true measure of its position to win an NBA championship. Russell Westbrook’s knee injury two years ago and Kevin Durant’s foot injury this season have robbed the Thunder not only of championship hopes in the playoffs of 2013 and 2015, but the gauge to know how near or far is a...

  • Syracuse travelblog: 23 degrees at 2 a.m.

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Friday was a chill day in Syracuse. And I don’t mean weather wise. Chill would be a little too tropical to describe the weather in Syracuse. Saturday morning about 2 a.m. Eastern time, we walked out of the Carrier Dome and waited for the media shuttle. It was 23 degrees. A variety of Syracuse...

  • Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    After Buddy Hield’s 3-point play off a spin move gave the Sooners a 42-39 lead with 10:57 left, the Sooners went almost 10 minutes with just one basket.


Berry Tramel


Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.

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