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

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 58 min ago

    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 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...

  • Brian Montonati: Look who I ran into at the movies

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    I went to the movies Friday afternoon. Went to the Regal Spotlight Stadium 14 in Norman to see “Foxcatcher,” and I wrote about it for the Sunday Oklahoman. Which you can read here. It was a little bit of a step back in time. Going to a theater I hadn’t been to in several years. […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: LeBron mismatches lifted the Cavaliers

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    You know how the Thunder, after every loss, likes to talk about how it just missed shots? Well, sometimes it’s actually true. Like Sunday, when the Cavaliers beat OKC 108-98. The Thunder offense actually was well-oiled. Lots of movement. Lots of passing. The Thunder had 26 assists on 37 field...

  • Oklahoma football: Josh Heupel landed on his feet

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Josh Heupel is the new offensive coordinator at Utah State, and remarkably enough, Heupel could be as close to a decent head-coaching job as he was when he was the Oklahoma offensive coordinator. The OU offensive coordinator post is a launching pad. Kevin Wilson to Indiana in 2011. Chuck Long to...

  • Why Kansas' dominance is a sign of Big 12 basketball's ill health

    by berry tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The Jayhawks have finished atop the Big 12 for 10 straight years, and Kansas’ domination is a sign of more than just Jayhawk excellence. It’s a sign of Big 12 basketball decay.


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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