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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With Scott Brooks' firing, Sam Presti chooses change for the sake of progress

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Seems like a risk, changing coaches with only one year left on Durant’s contract and all the chaos that will swirl around Thunderland next season. But Presti says it’s the opposite. The risk is in status quo.

  • Here's a vote to keep Scott Brooks as Thunder coach

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    This Thunder season was kooky. Trades by the number, injuries by the score.

  • Dave Bliss: Why the disgraced former Baylor/Oklahoma coach is getting another chance

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    COMMENTARY — For now, Southwestern Christian University’s decision to give Dave Bliss another shot at coaching says more about the mission of the 800-student school in Bethany than it does Bliss.

  • 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.

Berry Tramel Today at 6:29 PM Thunder coaching bracket: The winner is, Kevin Ollie LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 5:10 PM Thunder coaching bracket: Ollie vs. Thibodeau in the Finals LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 4:32 PM Thunder coaching bracket: Down to the final four LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 3:15 PM Thunder coaching bracket: Coach K & Adrian Griffin produce upsets LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 1:55 PM Thunder Coaching Search Bracket LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 12:20 PM Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield's return promises exciting season LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 9:44 AM Is Kevin Ollie really off the table for the Thunder? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 23 2015 07:29:23 PM CST Some wanted Scott Brooks fired. Others consider it an outrage. LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 23 2015 04:56:50 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: New Thunder podcast: @BerryTramel joins us to dissect the lonnnnng list of coaching candidates for OKC -> LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 23 2015 12:31:35 PM CST An Oklahoma thank you to Scott Brooks LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 23 2015 09:51:05 AM CST Scott Brooks: Good timing early, bad timing late LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 11:01:52 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: With Scott Brooks' firing, Sam Presti chooses change for the sake of progress LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 05:29:10 PM CST Scott Brooks' tenure among the longest in NBA history LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 02:52:14 PM CST Thunder darkhorse candidate? Mike Malone LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 10:29:21 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 09:26:12 AM CST A stepfather and the Thunder honor the life of C.J. Davis LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 21 2015 06:36:03 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Why history doesn't seem to be on Scott Brooks' side LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 21 2015 12:35:19 PM CST Majority of Big 12 football coaches favor conference title game LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 21 2015 09:49:48 AM CST Player development a Scott Brooks strength LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 21 2015 07:20:47 AM CST Hey, Thunder fans. With no playoffs, what will you do with your extra time and extra money this May? Email me at