• College football: Bobby Bowden saw the need for Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The legendary coach said: “As I was coaching, I could really see the need. I’ve got 100 boys there, and half of ‘em haven’t got a daddy. It was very obvious to me what’s missing in our society. I could see where FCA could help close that gap.”

  • Oklahoma State football: Seminoles riding high in the spring

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OSU opens the 2014 season against defending champion Florida State on Aug. 30 at JerryWorld in Arlington. It’s a case of bad timing. An OSU-Florida State game to open the 2013 season would have been rich; the ’13 Cowboys could have stood up to the Seminoles.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Cheers for Creighton, but where's Wichita State?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A report from the Omaha World-Herald says OU and Creighton will play a home-and-home basketball series starting next season in Omaha. Which will make a great series. The Bluejays have become a solid name in NCAA hoops, both last season in the new/old Big East and before that in the Missouri...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Does playing poorly matter going into the playoffs?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

      Eventually, we’ll get accustomed to the sound of the New Orleans Pelicans name. But for now, the Pelicans sound like a D-League team. And Monday night in the Big Easy, the Pelicans looked like a minor-league squad. Melvin Ely, who hadn’t played in the NBA in 1,097 days, flew in...

  • Oklahoma football: How Baker Mayfield pushes Trevor Knight

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The OU spring game Saturday brought more questions than answers. That’s what happens when quarterbacks are involved. While Baker Mayfield completed all nine of his passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, Trevor Knight completed just five of 14 passes. Yes, Knight had few receivers open.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Better on defense than offense

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Statistics can reveal interesting things. Like this. The Thunder is a better defensive team than offensive team. Who would have thought it? Especially after this season of some massive defensive dips with the injuries to Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins. But it’s true.

  • Bubba wins the Masters: Ranking the best Bubbas

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Bubba Watson won the Masters on Sunday, and I was pulling for him. Even though I don’t like his name. I’m not too partial to the Bubba name. Seems way over-used. Way over stereotyped. It’s got a redneck connotation now; when I was a kid, Bubba meant a hulk.

  • Simple-minded people hurt NBA's reputation more than anything

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Occasionally, you’ll see a dud game or a dud ref. But a game that’s nigh near impossible to call somehow gets well-called night after night, year after year.


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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