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  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Maybe the problem is, they're just not that good

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 hr ago

    We keep waiting for the Thunder to click. For the light to come on. For this team to kick into gear and play like it has the previous four seasons. Maybe it’s time to admit the click isn’t going to happen. The light’s not going to come on. This Thunder team just isn’t that good. […]

  • Don't forget, Ernie Banks was a great ballplayer, too

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Ernie Banks died last weekend. All of Chicago and much of Baseball America celebrated a life well lived and a career well played. But I’m not sure fans appreciate Mr. Cub for what he was. It’s been 44 years since Banks retired. It’s been 54 years since Banks was in his prime. My impression is, […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Yesterday

    Berry Tramel discusses the Big 12 basketball race, the Super Bowl, the Thunder's playoff push and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • OSU basketball: One down, one to go for a good week

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    OSU basketball got a big win Tuesday night. And now the Cowboys need another. OSU beat Baylor 64-53 at Gallagher Iba-Arena, and a team that seemed destined for eighth place in the Big 12 now is in fifth and in the middle of the pack of teams chasing Kansas. Saturday night, the Cowboys host...

  • Super Bowl: Robert Kraft wants an apology — instead, he should be giving one

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Robert Kraft wants an apology from the NFL. But while righteous indignation isn’t reserved for the righteous, it should be reserved for those who haven’t proven they are unrighteous. The Patriots have proven they are not to be trusted.

  • Oklahoma football: Former OU halfback Jakie Sandefer dies

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Jakie Sandefer, a 1957 all-Big Seven halfback at OU and then a successful Texas oil man, died Tuesday at St. Luke's Hospital. He was 78.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook has raised his game without Durant

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The Thunder beat the Timberwolves 92-84 Monday night in a game that was not the worst in OKC basketball history but is on the list. Scotty Brooks walked into his post-game press conference and said, “I’m surprised you guys stayed.” It was hard to watch. Of course, that’s what happens when Kevin...

  • Should College Football Playoff bow to ESPN & the NFL?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    I got an email the other day from a reader who wanted to know if the college football semifinals next season really would be on New Year’s Eve. Yep, was the answer. Apparently, ESPN wants to know the same thing. And ESPN got the same answer. The Sports Business Journal reported that ESPN has...


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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