• The two reasons why Baylor fired Art Briles

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Baylor fired Art Briles on Thursday. This is no less jarring a sentence than if you read that Kansas State fired Bill Snyder. That CBS fired Walter Cronkite. That Cuba fired Fidel Castro. You figured Briles would leave Baylor some day, of his own volition. Leave because a Texas or A&M or...

  • Warriors go big to stay alive vs. Thunder

    Warriors go big to stay alive vs. Thunder By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The game was not yet a minute old when Russell Westbrook drove into the lane for the first time. Westbrook being Westbrook, he went straight to the basket. And a big man was there to greet him. Andrew Bogut stood his ground and caused Westbrook to loft a shot from just in...

  • If Steph Curry is 70 percent, how do you explain Game 2?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Various reports surfaced Wednesday that Steph Curry is playing at only 70 percent health. That’s after a two straight Thunder blowouts in Oklahoma City, in which Curry combined to make just 13 of 37 shots, including five of 21 from 3-point range, with eight assists, seven turnovers and 43...

  • Oakland travelblog: Working on little sleep

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    I tell people often, I’ve got the best job in the state. Working and talking about sports? In a great market? In my hometown? Working with great people? It’s the job of dreams. But sometimes it can be taxing. This time of year, you can get worn out. I landed at Oakland’s airport at 11:45 p.m....

  • Steve Kerr says Warriors' psyche isn't damaged

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Warriors coach Steve Kerr chatted with the media in Oakland on Wednesday. Here’s part of what he had to say, with my comments following: Kerr, on the series: “It's just kind of a reality, sense of reality staring us in the face. We're down 3-1, obviously. So we've got to win tomorrow. Momentum...

  • Thunder's buy-in to Billy Donovan is paying off

    Thunder\'s buy-in to Billy Donovan is paying off By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Donovan, a hugely successful college coach at Florida but whose NBA experience was comprised of 44 games as a Knickerbocker backup point guard almost 30 years ago, has earned the trust of his troops.

  • Warriors will have to make history to rally vs. Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Warriors trail the Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference finals. Which puts Golden State, an historic team, on the wrong side of history. In NBA annals, 232 times has a team trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Only nine times has a team rallied to win the series from a 3-1 deficit. Here...

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder done this to the Warriors?

    Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder... Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your...



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Berry Tramel


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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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