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.


  • 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.

  • 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Yesterday

    “Foxcatcher,” the movie about the relationship between the Schultz brothers, OU wrestling icons who won Olympic gold medals, and John du Pont, the eccentric billionaire, has come to Oklahoma. And it’s a gut punch to anyone who knew the Schultzes or knows of their tragedy.

  • 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.

  • Tramel: I'm not the only one Russell Westbrook doesn't like

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Russell Westbrook doesn’t like me, from what I hear. I have it on good authority. Straight from the thoroughbred’s mouth. That’s not exactly stop-the-presses news. Westbrook doesn’t like much of anybody, from what I can see. At least not in the media and not on the court. Maybe in fashion circles, Westbrook is overflowing with […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters as a Thunder starter and DeflateGate

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered various questions on the Power Lunch chat from H&H Shooting Sports on Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • Why former Oklahoma State, NFL player Terry Brown still loves and lives in his hometown of Marlow

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    The only native Oklahoman to score a Super Bowl touchdown hasn’t forgotten Marlow, the town where he grew up. Hard to forget when you moved back there, and raised your kids there, and live there still, driving two minutes to work even on the days when traffic is heavy. And this week, a street was renamed after him.

  • Thunder goes all-in on offense, which might be a start to turning around the season

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    If you can’t stop ’em, outscore ’em. If you can’t play any defense, at least play some offense.

  • NFL predictions: Pete Carroll proving the third time's a charm

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The NFL semifinals arrive Sunday, and the Seattle Seahawks seem poised to win a second straight Super Bowl. The Seahawks building job is not a bad accomplishment for Pete Carroll, a two-time loser in the NFL coaching ranks. It’s not that Carroll was awful in his first two stints running NFL rosters. It’s that he […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Is Mason Rudolph channeling Josh Fields?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Mike Gundy announced that Mason Rudolph will go into OSU’s spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback. Gundy also announced that the Cowboys will play their home games at Boone Pickens Stadium and Pistol Pete will be the university mascot. We absolutely appreciate the consideration and the newfound openness. But the Rudolph news goes under, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What exactly does Brook Lopez fix?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Rumors persist that the Thunder is interesting in trading for Brook Lopez, the 7-foot Brooklyn center who makes $15.7 million and almost that much for podiatrists, since his chronic foot problems are a major concern. But Lopez is a quality offensive center. He can score in the low post, and I don’t mean score like […]

  • Willie Mays endorses Bill Greason for Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    I’ve written a lot about self-made historian Mark House of Mustang and his efforts to honor Bill Greason, who broke the Oklahoma City baseball color barrier with the Oklahoma City Indians in 1952. House’s current project is getting the Rev. Greason, still going strong at age 90 in Birmingham, Ala., inducted into the Oklahoma Sports […]

  • NFL Draft declarations: Why can't we make it easy for the athletes?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The non-seniors in the Oregon-Ohio State national championship game Monday night that were eligible to declare for the NFL Draft had three days to make a decision. Which is absurd, of course. No reason for such a decision to have to come on Jan. 15. But that’s not the real absurdity. The real absurdity is […]

  • LeBron James: Is this Cavalier mess anything like Miami's troubles of four years ago?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are 19-20 and trailing even the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings. LeBron James’ maiden season back in Cleveland has led to roster upheaval (the Cavs traded Dion Waiters) and coach controversy (will David Blatt be run off?) and questions about whether this collection of mega-talent will work. Not at all […]

  • Big 12 basketball: Cowboys playing better than Sooners

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    A mere eight days ago, OU looked like a contender for the Big 12 basketball championship. The Sooners routed then-10th-ranked Texas 70-49 on Jan. 5, in Austin no less, and it wasn’t crazy to envision OU ending Kansas’ reign of terror atop the Big 12. The Jayhawks have won 10 straight conference titles. But if […]

  • College Football Playoff: A report card for Year 1

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Reader Joel Gilliland writes me often and usually has some really items up for discussion. And this week, he outdid himself. He sent me a report card on the new College Football Playoff. He wanted my thoughts. It was a great idea, so I decided to grade the committee and give his grades, so you […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Reggie Jackson rumblings, Oklahoma State's bright football future, and Berry's OU Mount Rushmore

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered questions on everything from Sooners coaches to Thunder trades on the Power Lunch chat live from H&H Shooting Sports on Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: What's a realistic move we could see OKC make before the trade deadline?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The Thunder is at a bit of a crossroads, sitting at 18-19, on the outside of the playoffs looking in and needing to play far better in the second half. So this seems as good a time as any to check in with one of our occasional roundtables.

  • Ohio State proves it belonged in the committee's top four

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    National champion Ohio State was the odd team in on Dec. 7. The College Football Playoff committee jumped the Buckeyes ahead of TCU and kept the Buckeyes ahead of Baylor, and Ohio State was considered the shaky selection for the four-team playoff. Then on New Year’s Eve, TCU routed Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl […]




Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 24 2015 05:16:07 PM CST 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 22 2015 07:25:02 PM CST A hockey dream that began in an OKC driveway comes true LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 21 2015 02:57:41 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters as a Thunder starter and DeflateGate LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:34:19 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jan. 20 2015 07:04:06 PM CST Who should Jerry Jones keep, DeMarco or Dez? The choice here is Dez. LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jan. 19 2015 10:25:05 AM CST Tramel: I'm not the only one Russell Westbrook doesn't like LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jan. 18 2015 05:19:34 PM CST Lance Stephenson should be the player the Thunder wants, not Brook Lopez LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 17 2015 06:39:48 PM CST Why former Oklahoma State, NFL player Terry Brown still loves and lives in his hometown of Marlow LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 17 2015 12:54:33 AM CST Thunder goes all-in on offense, which might be a start to turning around the season LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 04:19:44 PM CST NFL predictions: Pete Carroll proving the third time's a charm LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 02:57:10 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Is Mason Rudolph channeling Josh Fields? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 09:15:09 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: What exactly does Brook Lopez fix? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 15 2015 09:22:40 PM CST Willie Mays endorses Bill Greason for Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 15 2015 08:00:32 PM CST NFL Draft declarations: Why can't we make it easy for the athletes? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 15 2015 01:51:00 PM CST LeBron James: Is this Cavalier mess anything like Miami's troubles of four years ago? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 14 2015 09:40:40 PM CST Big 12 basketball: Cowboys playing better than Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 14 2015 05:34:01 PM CST College Football Playoff: A report card for Year 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 14 2015 12:45:53 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: Reggie Jackson rumblings, Oklahoma State's bright football future, and Berry's OU Mou... LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 14 2015 09:44:19 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jan. 13 2015 07:46:07 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: What's a realistic move we could see OKC make before the trade deadline? LINK

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