Berry Tramel
Sports Columnist

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.

  • Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    After Buddy Hield’s 3-point play off a spin move gave the Sooners a 42-39 lead with 10:57 left, the Sooners went almost 10 minutes with just one basket.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    OU and Michigan State was billed as a tossup game, and that’s the way it turned out. The Spartans made a couple plays down the stretch, and the grades reflect the Sooners’ disappointment.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Why a trip to the Sweet 16 would help bring the sizzle back to Sooner basketball

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    The Sweet 16 is misnamed. It’s the Sizzle 16. The first week of the NCAA Tournament is about underdogs and drama and last-second shots. The second week separates the wheat from the tares. Make the regional semifinals, which the Sooners do by beating Dayton, and your profile changes among the people that matter most.

  • Why Oklahoma's football team is the wrong messenger in the protest against a racist fraternity video

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    COMMENTARY — It’s hard for OU football players to claim the high road in protest of racism given its recent association with violence against women.

  • NCAA Bracket Watch: It looks like OU is likely headed West

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Selection Sunday has arrived, and the projected NCAA Tournament is less volatile than any in years. Not much movement with teams playing their way into, or out of, the 68-team field. Let’s answer a few questions as we await the 5 p.m. Sunday announcement: Where is OU headed? West, say the odds. The Sooners seem a likely 4-seed. The top four seeds in each regional are aligned by geography, as much as possible. And the top-4 seeds seem fairly solid. That means natural assignments for sites Omaha (Kansas and either Wisconsin, Northern Iowa or Iowa State), Columbus (two of Iowa State, Wisconsin and Northern Iowa), Louisville (Kentucky and Notre Dame), Pittsburgh (Villanova and Maryland) and Charlotte (Virginia

  • High school basketball: His look may have changed, but Edmond Santa Fe assistant Tommy Griffin's coaching message stays the same

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Tommy Griffin is assisting Lenny Hatchett at Edmond Santa Fe, which plays Jenks at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class 6A state quarterfinals at Skiatook High School. Griffin coached Classen to state titles in 1975 and 1980; coached John Marshall to state championships in 1996 and 2000; coached his sons Blake and Taylor to state titles at Oklahoma Christian School in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

  • This Thunder season has gone from cursed to crazy

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Forget “Thunderstruck.” Or “Oklahoma!” The new Thunder anthem is the theme from M*A*S*H. Good thing the NBA has its own health insurance; the Thunder alone would bankrupt ObamaCare.

  • Steven Adams' mission goes into overdrive. He is now the Thunder's defensive anchor.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    “Yeah, Steven will probably get more minutes in crunch time against certain guys that Perk would have got,” said Nick Collison, the Thunder’s emergency starting center Thursday night, when OKC routed Dallas 104-89 with Adams still recuperating from a broken hand.

  • Memphis might be better with Jeff Green — but he certainly can't guard Kevin Durant

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The arrival of Green makes Memphis better. Big, athletic, good all-around scorer. But the arrival of Green might make Memphis more vulnerable against the Thunder, because that could mean less of Tony Allen guarding Durant.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Davis' gamer-winner a cruel blow for OKC

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Sometimes, it’s just not your night. The Thunder can live with that. But how do you combat the gnawing suspicion that sometimes, it’s just not your year?

  • OSU football: Bedlam victory in Norman excited OSU signee, Norman QB John Kolar

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    NORMAN — John Kolar grew up an OU fan. Grew up going to games at Owen Field. So the afternoon of Dec. 6 was a little strange. “Especially to be in that stadium and cheering for a different team is definitely a weird feeling,” Kolar said. “But it was great. It was so fun.” OSU’s 38-35 overtime victory in Bedlam thrilled Kolar because he’s now a Cowboy. The quarterback from Norman North ceremoniously signed with OSU on Wednesday morning, but he’s been in Stillwater for three weeks, already enrolled and attending classes at OSU. “I grew up an OU fan my whole life,” Kolar said. “But when the opportunity came, I fell in love with it (OSU).” Kolar’s OU ties run deep. His father, Randy, is an OU

  • A hockey dream that began in an OKC driveway comes true

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    COMMENTARY — Chase Grant grew up in Oklahoma City, two doors down from a hockey-loving Canadian airman who passed on his love of the game to the neighbor boys. Tonight, the spark J.P. Legault lit will burn bright for college hockey’s No. 1-ranked team.

  • Who should Jerry Jones keep, DeMarco or Dez? The choice here is Dez

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The Cowboys are up against it with the salary cap, Dez and DeMarco both are free agents, and the numbers just don’t add up to keep both playmakers that ignited the Cowboys’ 12-4 season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Lance Stephenson should be the player the Thunder wants, not Brook Lopez

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Stephenson is not a supreme talent. He’s shot just 38.6 percent from the field for the Hornets and just 15.1 percent from 3-point range, far below his numbers as a Pacer. But Stephenson is a 24-year-old, two-way player with lots of talent, plenty of big-stage experience and a contract that doesn’t make you choke.

  • College Football Playoff: Ohio State wins National Title in convincing fashion, 42-20

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Buckeyes’ toughness was the key to victory

  • Ducks have a history of winning with 'no name' coaches

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Oregon is Old School in one important way. The Ducks don’t go chasing the flavor of the month when they have a coaching opening.

  • OKC Thunder: Why Scott Brooks' job should be on the line

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    COMMENTARY — The last time Oklahoma City lost two games like this, the coach got fired before he left the arena. That’s unlikely to happen now, but what’s clear from its recent effort is the Thunder has regressed.

  • OU football: Dorial Green-Beckham entering the NFL Draft

    By Jason Kersey, Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    OU NOTEBOOK — Bob Stoops expresses no disappointment at the five-star receiver’s departure from Norman without ever playing a down, saying “I went in with eyes wide open.”

  • Can Bob Stoops turn it around? History is on his side.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    The question is answerable only by letting him try. Which is the plan, until economic forces dictate different or OU decision-makers lose faith.

  • Oklahoma football: Fans' infatuation with Bob Stoops' salary is just a frustration release

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    College football remains in the resentment stage. Pay Bob Stoops $4.75 million a year, and people expect results. Which they should. OU isn’t paying Stoops that kind of money to go 8-5 and tie for fourth in the Big 12.

Berry Tramel Today at 1:33 PM Syracuse travelblog: 23 degrees at 2 a.m. LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 12:56 AM Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 12:56 AM Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Mar. 27 2015 03:11:44 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Mateen Cleaves talks Eduardo Najera LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Mar. 27 2015 10:28:53 AM CST Syracuse travelblog: Barbeque in upstate New York LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 08:08:41 PM CST Michigan State has a tough rock 'em, sock 'em basketball program LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 06:24:55 PM CST Oklahoma basketball notebook: Joe Castiglione makes it to Syracuse to support Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 05:11:12 PM CST Lon Kruger says college basketball has taken a step back LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 11:44:15 AM CST Syracuse travelblog: A trip to Cooperstown LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 12:22:21 AM CST Thunder has struggled against good teams LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:47:45 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Is the N word acceptable? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:11:21 PM CST Bob Stoops and Tom Izzo have gone down similar career paths until recently LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 11:06:11 AM CST Cleveland travelblog: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is here to stay LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 12:01:53 AM CST Oklahoma basketball: More on Khadeem Lattin LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 06:33:52 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: After SAE video, former Texas Western player David Lattin had some advice for grandson Kh... LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 09:23:55 AM CST Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 07:05:16 PM CST Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 05:55:16 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 01:32:02 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooners flying Big 12 banner LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 08:57:05 AM CST Columbus travelblog: Roast beef at the Tip Top LINK