• Welcome back, Peach Bowl

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 35 min ago

    When the new College Football Playoff settled on a six-bowl format for its national semifinal rotations, it needed to add two bowls to the four that had made up the BCS. Two bowls to join the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange.

  • Televised sports going more and more to cable

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    ESPN will televise an NFL wild-card playoff game in 2015. And another brick in the wall falls. Cable television long ago took over sports programming, and now the championships are taking over more and more. The Final Four semifinals were on TBS.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Guess who discovered Beno Udrih?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The Thunder was done in by Memphis’ backup point guard, Beno Udrih, in Game 2 of their Western Conference playoff series. Take a bow, Sam Presti. The Thunder general manager was part of the Spurs’ brain trust back in the day that selected a slew of international players.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Loss came down to backup point guards

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 21 hr ago

    The Grizzlies beat the Thunder 111-105 in overtime Monday night. What could have become one of the great Thunder victories ever instead was a discouraging defeat. Now the Thunder has to go to Memphis and win at least once. If you don’t want to feel even worse this fine spring morning, quit...

  • Thunder-Grizzlies: OKC might as well defend because Memphis certainly is

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Memphis’ mediocre offense exposed the Thunder’s defensive woes in a 111-105 overtime loss. Now things get really tough.

  • Thunder-Grizzlies: Grading Oklahoma City's 111-105 overtime loss to Memphis

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    REPORT CARD — Beno Udrih, not Tony Allen, was the cause for the Thunder’s lowest grades in Game 2.

  • Bad blood boils in Texas-Baylor rivalry

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Texas linebacker Steve Edmond just made the Big 12 off-season much more interesting. For some reason known only to Edmond and probably Charlie Strong by now, the Longhorn decided to go off on the fighting Baylor Bears. “We could have won the conference,” Edmond said.

  • NBA playoffs: Open season on the home teams

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    For the first time in NBA history, the home team lost five of the eight first-round openers. The Nets won in Toronto, the Warriors won at the Clippers, the Hawks won in Indiana, the Wizards won in Chicago and the Blazers won in Houston.


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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