• College football predictions: Put Bedlam in December and leave it

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and it’s Bedlam week. I was running through some Bedlam history earlier, and it struck me how many times the Bedlam rivals have played in December. Bedlam returns to December next season, but next week, both OSU and OU are off. Bedlam has been played in December...

  • NFL predictions: A Thanksgiving football primer

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

      Thanksgiving became official in 1863, by the signed declaration of a certain Abraham Lincoln. Football joined the American landscape in 1869, when Princeton played Rutgers. Two great American institutions teamed up less than two weeks after Princeton-Rutgers. On Nov. 17, 1869, the...

  • Big 12 efficiency rankings: Baylor offense, OU defense cream of the crop

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Time for the weekly Big 12 efficiency rankings, and the numbers are getting interesting. Remember, we’re measuring an offense’s frequency to score. Not yardage. Scoring. And a defense’s frequency to get off the field without allowing points. Points per possession is the best measure of an...

  • Can Oklahoma State make the College Football Playoff?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Big 12 seems back in the good graces of the College Football Playoff committee. The Sooners up to third, Baylor in at No. 7, which is not ideal but at least gives the Bears a fighting chance to move up. OSU was ranked a disappointing 11th, though there’s only one team ahead of the Cowboys...

  • Press Row Podcast: The Bedlam of our dreams and the Thunder's best player

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Is this year's Bedlam the Bedlam of our dreams? And who is really the Thunder's best player? Find out in this week's episode of the Press Row Podcast.

  • Kevin Durant makes Dion Waiters better

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Dion Waiters is one interesting ballplayer. But so far, he’s been a much better ballplayer with Kevin Durant in the lineup. That stands to reason with anyone, of course. But in the nine games that Durant has played this season, Waiters has been a productive and efficient player: 10.8 points,...

  • OU football: Are the Sooners a Bedlam win away from making the College Football Playoff?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The College Football Playoff committee gave Oklahoma football some much-appreciated validation. The committee moved up the Sooners to No. 3 Tuesday night in its weekly rankings, and now the Sooners can go all Sally Field.

  • Sooners look good in New York Times way of ranking

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The New York Times’ way of ranking teams weekly for the College Football Playoff remains interesting. And more compact. The Times doesn’t rank specific teams. It ranks what it calls “buckets.” Designations for teams that can achieve a certain status. The rankings don’t gauge where a team is...


Berry Tramel

Columnist and Reporter

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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