Berry Tramel
Sports Columnist and Reporter

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.


  • OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan leaves Draymond Green's continued kicking in NBA's hands

    OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan leaves...

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel Staff Writers | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Warriors forward Draymond Green had two more instances in which his right leg went flailing into Thunder players in an attempt to draw a foul. The first kick connected with Kevin Durant to the left side of his body, the second caught Russell Westbrook in the face.

  • Thunder has flipped the script against Golden State

    Thunder has flipped the script against Golden...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    The Thunder enters its biggest game since the 2012 NBA Finals full of pride and confidence. You could tell even after Game 5, the way the Thunder high-fived each other and smiled confidently. OKC brought its A effort, just not its A game, and you get the feeling the Thunder believes both will be in attendance Saturday at Chesapeake Arena.

  • Did foul shot discrepancy cost Thunder in Game 5?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Billy Donovan says the discrepancy in foul shots was the difference in Golden State’s 120-111 Game 5 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night. “The difference in the game was the fact that they went to the free throw line 34 times,” Donovan said. “To me, that was something that was very, very difficult to overcome.” Donovan is on the right track but in the wrong lane. Golden State’s 34-24 edge in foul shots was artificial. The Thunder fouled on purpose five times in the final two minutes, trying to catch up. Toss out those fouls, and each team shot 24 foul shots. But that’s significant in and of itself. The Thunder needs to shoot more foul shots than the Warriors.

  • Oakland travelblog: The views from Coit Tower

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 19 hr ago

    We went to one of my favorite San Francisco spots on Thursday. Coit Tower. Coit Tower is a 210-foot tower that sits atop Telegraph Hill. From the hill are spectacular views of San Francisco to the north and to the east. From the top of tower itself are panoramic views of the entire city. Coit Tower was built with the money bequeathed to the city one of San Francisco’s most eccentric characters, Lillie Hitchcock Coit. According to CNN Money, Coit was a wealthy socialite who loved to chase fires in early San Francisco. As a 15-year-old kid, she helped the volunteer fire department push an engine up Telegraph Hill to put out a fire. She became a virtual fire department mascot and was recognized as a

  • The two reasons why Baylor fired Art Briles

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Baylor fired Art Briles on Thursday. This is no less jarring a sentence than if you read that Kansas State fired Bill Snyder. That CBS fired Walter Cronkite. That Cuba fired Fidel Castro. You figured Briles would leave Baylor some day, of his own volition. Leave because a Texas or A&M or Oklahoma had enticed away Briles with not just money, but with generational tradition, the only thing he seemingly couldn’t construct in Waco. Briles built a powerhouse from the sleepy slab of a downtrodden football program. Baylor became nationally competitive with Briles’ explosive offense and culturally relevant with its wild uniform indulgences.

  • Warriors go big to stay alive vs. Thunder

    Warriors go big to stay alive vs. Thunder

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The game was not yet a minute old when Russell Westbrook drove into the lane for the first time. Westbrook being Westbrook, he went straight to the basket. And a big man was there to greet him. Andrew Bogut stood his ground and caused Westbrook to loft a shot from just in front of the rim, rather than get to the comfort of the backboard. The ball hit the iron, bounced off and was grabbed by Bogut. Westbrook being Westbrook, he immediately stole the ball from Bogut. Alone on the baseline, Westbrook went up for an easy 10-footer. Except here came the 7-foot Bogut to contest the shot. It, too, bounced off. Welcome to the Thunder's world Thursday night. With a chance to close out the Western Conference

  • If Steph Curry is 70 percent, how do you explain Game 2?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Various reports surfaced Wednesday that Steph Curry is playing at only 70 percent health. That’s after a two straight Thunder blowouts in Oklahoma City, in which Curry combined to make just 13 of 37 shots, including five of 21 from 3-point range, with eight assists, seven turnovers and 43 points. What went unexplained is Curry’s Game 2 in Oakland last week. If Curry is only 70 percent, how was he able to explode for tremendous scoring bursts in Game 2? Curry scored nine points in 1:15 in the first quarter, then 15 points in 1:58 in the third quarter. That’s 24 points in a combined span of 3:13. He scored just 28 points total in the Warriors’ 118-91 victory. And Warrior coach Steve Kerr offered no

  • Oakland travelblog: Working on little sleep

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    I tell people often, I’ve got the best job in the state. Working and talking about sports? In a great market? In my hometown? Working with great people? It’s the job of dreams. But sometimes it can be taxing. This time of year, you can get worn out. I landed at Oakland’s airport at 11:45 p.m. (California time) Wednesday. Was off the plane around 11:55. Out of the airport around 12:20. In our rental car around 12:40. At our hotel around 12:50 a.m. And I did the math. I would be in Oakland for 30 hours. My flight home was 5:45 a.m. Friday. I’m getting old. I didn’t get a ton of sleep on Tuesday night, after Game 4. Home around 1:45 a.m.

  • Steve Kerr says Warriors' psyche isn't damaged

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Warriors coach Steve Kerr chatted with the media in Oakland on Wednesday. Here’s part of what he had to say, with my comments following: Kerr, on the series: “It's just kind of a reality, sense of reality staring us in the face. We're down 3-1, obviously. So we've got to win tomorrow. Momentum can shift quickly in the playoffs. We've seen that the last couple years, so let's take care of business at home and get some momentum back and we've got a chance.” Kerr is right. Momentum can switch. Golden State’s mission is not insurmountable. Hold serve at home, where the Warriors were 45-2 this season before the Thunder series arrived, and Golden State only has to win one game in Chesapeake Arena to

  • Thunder's buy-in to Billy Donovan is paying off

    Thunder\'s buy-in to Billy Donovan is paying off

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Donovan, a hugely successful college coach at Florida but whose NBA experience was comprised of 44 games as a Knickerbocker backup point guard almost 30 years ago, has earned the trust of his troops.

  • Warriors will have to make history to rally vs. Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Warriors trail the Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference finals. Which puts Golden State, an historic team, on the wrong side of history. In NBA annals, 232 times has a team trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Only nine times has a team rallied to win the series from a 3-1 deficit. Here are the teams that came from the edge of distinction to win: 1968: Celtics over 76ers. Only two of the nine faced homecourt disadvantage. Boston in the ’68 East finals was one of them. Boston beat defending champ Philadelphia 122-104, 114-106 and 100-96, with all but Game 6 on the road. 1970: Lakers over Suns. Phoenix, in just its second season as a franchise, stunned the heavily-favored Lakers in the West semifinals.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder done this to the Warriors?

    Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Warriors-Thunder Game 4 recap (<–Click Here) - The Thunder repeated Game 3 in Game 4, mashing the historic Warriors to take a commanding 3-1 lead. This OKC team is now one win from the Finals. How did this happen? We discuss.

  • Thunder scoring best of both worlds vs. Warriors

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Thunder scoring historically has fallen into two general categories: * Games in which Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both have monster games, with a massive falloff to the next player, quickly into single digits. * Games in which either Durant or Westbrook has a monster game, with someone else or two scoring more than usual, but still a quick drop into single digits. But in this series against the Warriors, the Thunder has found the best of both worlds. Monster games from the superstars, coupled with balanced scoring below them. The Thunder forever has been the most top-heavy scoring team in the NBA. Durant and Westbrook, both past scoring champions, averaging in the mid to high 20s. Then that quick

  • Thunder blowouts have Warriors frustrated

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    When these NBA playoffs started, the Thunder had played 73 post-season games since hanging out a shingle in Oklahoma City. The Thunder had won four of those games by more than 20 points. Now OKC has won four more games by more than 20 points, including stunning back-to-back blowouts of the mighty Warriors just in the last three days. And that quartet of routs doesn’t include the Game 6 demolition of San Antonio in the closeout game of the West semifinals, when OKC took a 24-point halftime lead and led by 28 late in the third quarter before coasting to a 113-99 victory. The Thunder is doing more than just making historic conquests, beating the likes of the 67-win Spurs and leading the 73-win Warriors. The Thunder is

  • Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond Green

    Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Draymond Green drove in for a meaningless layup, a chance to pad a starving stat line in the final minutes of another Thunder blowout, and Kevin Durant jumped up for a ferocious block. While the rest of the ballplayers scampered downcourt, Durant turned and dramatically pumped his fist into the air. Durant likely would have preferred a different target, but as an exclamation point in what became a 118-94, Game 4 rout of the mighty Warriors, it will do. The Thunder not only took a commanding 3-1 lead Tuesday night in these Western Conference finals, it reminded of the ultimate answer for revenge. Live well. An angry Chesapeake Arena crowd demanded blood in the wake of the NBA not suspending Green for his below-the-belt

  • Is this 2-1 deficit different for the Warriors?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    These Golden State Warriors have been down before. En route to the NBA championship last season, the Warriors trailed 2-1 to both Memphis in the West semifinals and Cleveland in the NBA Finals. So Golden State won’t panic just because it trails the Thunder 2-1 in these Western Conference finals. “Pretty much exactly the same,” Warrior coach Steve Kerr said. “You're down 2-1, you're in a hole. You've got to win on the road, so it's the same feeling.” Except it’s not. The Grizzlies and Cavaliers took 2-1 leads by playing big, slowing down and mashing the smallish Warriors. Memphis beat Golden State 97-90 in Oakland in Game 2, then won 99-89 in Game 3. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Talk about the Thunder, OU and OSU with columnist Berry Tramel today at 11 a.m.

  • Steven Adams accustomed to low blows: He played rugby

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Growing up in New Zealand, rugby was Steven Adams’ first athletic love. Now you know why he seems unfazed by all the mayhem around him. Adams has taken low-blow shots from Draymond Green in each of the last two games of the Western Conference finals. That’s the progression from earlier in Adams’ career, when he absorbed a variety of hits, in more politically correct places, from opponents frustrated at Adams’ physicality. But NBA basketball is square dancing compared to rugby, which in terms of physicality is American football without pads. Heck, just for fun, I googled “rugby” and “low blows”, just to see what I would get. The first thing that popped up was this headline:

  • HITTING WHERE IT HURTS: Low blows have become more prevalent in the NBA

    HITTING WHERE IT HURTS: Low blows have become...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com   | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Two straight games with direct hits on your manhood will make anyone carry themselves a little more gingerly.

  • No question: Draymond Green meant to kick Steven Adams

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    The consensus in the pressroom after the Thunder’s 133-105 rout of the Warriors on Sunday night was that Golden State had gone into immediate damage control. Draymond Green kicked Steve Adams where you really ought not kick a man, Green received a flagrant-1 foul and dang near got a flagrant-2 and ejection, and the Thunder burst to a runaway victory. The referees conferred with the NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J. It seemed for a moment that Green could be ejected. But that still could happen for Game 4. And Warriors coach Steve Kerr seems to know it. Kerr was the first person on the post-game podium after Game 3. Billy Donovan, Klay Thompson, the Russell Westbrook/Kevin Durant tandem and Steph Curry




Berry Tramel Fri, May. 27 2016 08:49:06 PM CST OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan leaves Draymond Green's continued kicking in NBA's hands https://t.co/rCwZVZ0ZvX
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 27 2016 07:03:44 PM CST Thunder has flipped the script against Golden State https://t.co/1NhYGM4N8V
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 27 2016 02:23:45 PM CST Did foul shot discrepancy cost Thunder in Game 5? https://t.co/I98snXlEbk
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 27 2016 12:07:24 PM CST Oakland travelblog: The views from Coit Tower https://t.co/Ab7w5Bj9Lx
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 27 2016 10:57:58 AM CST The two reasons why Baylor fired Art Briles https://t.co/XJsHf7L4nq
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 27 2016 12:37:25 AM CST Warriors go big to stay alive vs. Thunder https://t.co/AcmJKl1ZHp
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 26 2016 07:14:35 PM CST If Steph Curry is 70 percent, how do you explain Game 2? https://t.co/kySitCSwIz
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 26 2016 02:22:46 PM CST Oakland travelblog: Working on little sleep https://t.co/eXUpNR6CId
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 26 2016 07:12:22 AM CST Steve Kerr says Warriors' psyche isn't damaged https://t.co/ZJLcQRkvaJ
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 25 2016 08:40:13 PM CST Thunder's buy-in to Billy Donovan is paying off https://t.co/Ts3C0mge5A
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 25 2016 06:42:08 PM CST Warriors will have to make history to rally vs. Thunder https://t.co/sNeHfhVjdG
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 25 2016 03:51:43 PM CST Thunder scoring best of both worlds vs. Warriors https://t.co/xoDWklI5bC
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 25 2016 10:10:50 AM CST Thunder blowouts have Warriors frustrated https://t.co/YzPCc33i7Z
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 25 2016 12:44:48 AM CST Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond Green https://t.co/yvz6MXQqgf
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 24 2016 07:59:47 PM CST Is this 2-1 deficit different for the Warriors? https://t.co/CVEY6d5BqL
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 24 2016 10:48:27 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel https://t.co/pYDIpNAunU
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 24 2016 08:51:43 AM CST Steven Adams accustomed to low blows: He played rugby https://t.co/teRMGvRzpM
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 23 2016 09:09:27 PM CST HITTING WHERE IT HURTS: Low blows have become more prevalent in the NBA https://t.co/odx2cfbNQ4
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 23 2016 04:22:35 PM CST How could the Thunder prepare for no Draymond Green? https://t.co/40SZfvJc2Z
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 23 2016 03:19:50 PM CST Thunder's small-ball lineup produces amazing numbers https://t.co/mXWfOWBheb

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