Berry Tramel
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.

Top Stories


  • NBA playoffs: The what-if bracket

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Lots of NBA observers are calling for playoff reform, after the 48-win Suns failed to make the playoffs in the Western Conference and the 37-win Hawks made the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. They want the top 16 teams, record-wise, regardless of conference, to make the post-season.

  • Welcome to the NBA playoffs, where familiarity breeds contempt

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The Thunder and Grizzlies open their playoff series on Saturday night. By the series’ end, they’re bound to despise each other.

  • NBA playoffs: First-round predictions contain only one upset

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The NBA playoffs have arrived, so it’s time for some predictions. Semi-spoiler alert: I have only one upset. WESTERN CONFERENCE Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Memphis is not a normal 7-seed. The Grizzlies are an elite when they have all their players, which they do for this series.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Not as good as last season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 23 hr ago

    I made an offhand remark on the radio the other day that the Thunder this season wasn’t as good as the Thunder last season. At least going into the playoffs. I hadn’t really researched the numbers on that much, but if you remember, the Thunder was historically dominant last season.

  • College football: Q&A with Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Hancock spoke Thursday at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s quarterly leadership luncheon about the impending four-team playoff. Here are some excerpts on his talks:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Can OKC flip the switch in the NBA Playoffs?

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    So as the Thunder awaits the arrival of the Memphis Grizzlies for what promises to be a bear fight of a first-round series, one question trumps all others.

  • OKC Thunder: Oklahoma writers discuss upcoming NBA playoffs

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Four questions for four writers, previewing the upcoming NBA playoffs with a league-wide scope: 1. What 1-2 seed is most likely to get upset before the Conference Finals? Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) - Oklahoma City. The Thunder has by far the toughest road to the conference finals, with a wrestling match out of the gate against Memphis and a shootout series on deck with either the Clippers or Warriors. San Antonio should execute the Mavs in the first round and easily out-savvy either Houston or Portland in the second round. And the East isn't even in the discussion. Jenni Carlson (columnist) - San Antonio. The reason: old legs. I think way more highly of the Spurs and the Thunder than I do of the Pacers and the Heat,

  • NBA Playoff Roundtable: How wary should the Thunder be of an early upset?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Four questions for four writers, previewing the upcoming NBA playoffs with a league-wide scope: 1.

  • Big 12 football: New bowl lineup a small downgrade

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Cure Bowl is coming to a college football season near you. The NCAA has certified the Cure Bowl for the 2015 season, giving Orlando three post-season games and major-college football 40. But that counts the Big Bowl, which will match bowl winners.

  • Bill Hancock: Induction worthy into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Bill Hancock is in Oklahoma City on Thursday. The executive director of the new College Football Playoff will speak at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s quarterly leadership luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilkinson Events Center, 4040 N.

  • Wichita State's Gregg Marshall: Mid-majors keeping great coaches

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Mark Few coached Gonzaga into an NCAA Tournament sensation. A perennial Cinderella. He’s still at Gonzaga 15 years later. Shaka Smart coached Virginia Commonwealth to the 2011 Final Four. Smart remains at VCU. Phil Martelli coached Saint Joseph’s to a No.

  • Fair or not, NBA needs to keep its current playoff format

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he’s open to considering a playoff change that would include the top 16 teams in the league, not just the top eight in each conference.

  • Does the Thunder want to play Dallas or Memphis?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Memphis hosts the Mavericks on Wednesday night in the NBA game most relevant to Thunder fortunes. If the Thunder gets the second seed in the Western Conference, which seems most likely, then OKC would play the Memphis-Dallas-winner in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., where he'll be answering your questions live from H&H Shooting Sports on the Thunder heading into the playoffs, spring football and more.

  • Bobby Bowden talks OU & OSU

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Bobby Bowden came to town Tuesday night to speak at the state FCA banquet. It’s never a bad time when speaking with Bowden. Bowden always was interesting to talk to while he coached Florida State football through those glory years, 1976-2009, and he hasn’t changed in retirement.

  • 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 Valley Conference.

  • 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 from Las Vegas on Sunday, signed a contract with the Pelicans and played 10 minutes against the Thunder.

  • 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.




Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 18 2014 11:13:02 PM CST NBA playoffs: The what-if bracket LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 18 2014 08:26:16 PM CST Welcome to the NBA playoffs, where familiarity breeds contempt LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 18 2014 01:17:05 PM CST NBA playoffs: First-round predictions contain only one upset LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 18 2014 10:18:23 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Not as good as last season LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 10:12:40 PM CST College football: Q&A with Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 09:19:58 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Can OKC flip the switch in the NBA Playoffs? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 07:41:52 PM CST OKC Thunder: Oklahoma writers discuss upcoming NBA playoffs LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 06:30:19 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: NBA Playoff Roundtable: Which top-2 seed should be most wary of an early upset? -> LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:33:09 PM CST Big 12 football: New bowl lineup a small downgrade LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:23:49 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Playoff Podcast with @DarnellMayberry, @BerryTramel and I: Breaking down the Thunder-Grizzlies series -> LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 01:10:36 PM CST Wichita State's Gregg Marshall: Mid-majors keeping great coaches LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 10:02:56 AM CST Bill Hancock: Induction worthy into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 16 2014 08:00:04 PM CST Fair or not, NBA needs to keep its current playoff format LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 16 2014 04:03:27 PM CST Does the Thunder want to play Dallas or Memphis? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:31:01 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:31:01 AM CST Bobby Bowden talks OU & OSU LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 15 2014 11:57:54 PM CST College football: Bobby Bowden saw the need for Fellowship of Christian Athletes LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 15 2014 05:22:22 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Seminoles riding high in the spring LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 15 2014 02:30:38 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Cheers for Creighton, but where's Wichita State? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 15 2014 10:22:13 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Does playing poorly matter going into the playoffs? LINK