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.


  • Thunder is headed for a quick end to this cursed season, playoffs or not

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Hope for post-season advancement was lost Wednesday night, when the Mavs effectively doomed the Thunder to no better than eighth place in the Western Conference.

  • No April Fool's: Billy Tubbs arrives at OU

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    April Fool’s Day 1980 proved to be one of the best days in OU athletics history. One of the best days in our state’s sports history. Thirty-five years ago today, OU hired a basketball coach. His name was Billy Tubbs. And nothing about hard wood ever was the same in our state. Tubbs signed a […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Travis Ford, Serge Ibaka's return and Kevin Durant's comments

    staff reports | Updated: 19 hr ago

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

  • Final Four court configuration makes for bad basketball

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

      I have come to despise the Final Four. For this reason. The people in charge of the NCAA Tournament have turned college basketball’s showcase event into some kind of stage show. It’s not a ballgame. It’s a production. The Final Four — and usually one regional, played at a site that will host the […]

  • NFL needs more two-point conversions

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The NFL is considering extra point rule changes. Many owners and other league personnel want to make it harder to kick an extra point and easier to make a two-point conversion. The most common suggestions are to move the extra point kick back to the 15-yard line, essentially requiring a 33-yard field goal, and to […]

  • NCAA coaches debate the shot clock

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

      For the Tuesday Oklahoman, I wrote about the sad state of college basketball. How, in Jay Bilas’ words, the NCAA Tournament bails out the sport every year, masking all the problems in terms of tempo, style of place and entertainment value. You can read that column here. During the NCAA Tournament, a bunch of […]

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Why buying out Travis Ford would've been completely irresponsible

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Travis Ford’s fate is being debated by OSU athletic director, according to a report by our man John Helsley which you can read here, and it comes down to two decisions: Can OSU collect enough money to pay off Ford’s contract, which still has four years remaining and would cost more than $8 million? Should […]

  • Cubs looking out for the fans in sending down Kris Bryant

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The baseball union is upset that the Chicago Cubs assigned phenom Kris Bryant to their minor league camp Monday. That, of course, goes under the who-cares heading. Here’s a much better gauge on whether the Cubs are doing the right thing. How do Cub fans feel? The Cubs sent down Bryant because of the rule […]

  • NCAA Tournament makes us forget that college basketball is a sport in trouble

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    College basketball attendance is down for the seventh straight regular season. ESPN’s ratings this season were down. The sport’s regular season is becoming less and less attractive as it trots out 20th-century rules for a 21st-century audience.

  • Why is the NCAA women's tournament poorly attended?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The NCAA women’s regional was poorly attended in Oklahoma City. You can read Jenni Carlson’s column about that here. I can’t blame Oklahoma sports fans for staying away. There was bad timing for the Friday night semifinals — they went against an OU men’s game in the Sweet 16. And Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. […]

  • Another curse of Kevin Durant's injury: Foul shooting

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The Thunder made just 21 of 32 foul shots in a five-point loss at Utah on Saturday night. That once was a rare occurrence for Oklahoma City. But not this season. The Thunder made just 11 of 18 foul shots in a 10-point loss at Atlanta. Just 12 of 21 in a five-point loss at […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Here's one more thing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's injuries have taken from the Thunder

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Thunder has no true measure of its position to win an NBA championship. Russell Westbrook’s knee injury two years ago and Kevin Durant’s foot injury this season have robbed the Thunder not only of championship hopes in the playoffs of 2013 and 2015, but the gauge to know how near or far is a championship parade on the Bricktown Canal.

  • Syracuse travelblog: 23 degrees at 2 a.m.

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Friday was a chill day in Syracuse. And I don’t mean weather wise. Chill would be a little too tropical to describe the weather in Syracuse. Saturday morning about 2 a.m. Eastern time, we walked out of the Carrier Dome and waited for the media shuttle. It was 23 degrees. A variety of Syracuse students […]

  • 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: Mateen Cleaves talks Eduardo Najera

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    For the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about the famed Mateen Cleaves-Eduardo Najera collision in 1999. It was a symbol of the hard-nosed basketball played by Michigan State and the Sooners. You can read that column here. I had some insights left over, that didn’t make the column, that I thought I would share. Cleaves, now […]

  • Syracuse travelblog: Barbeque in upstate New York

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    No Halls of Fame on Thursday. There was an arena to get to. After driving all over the Great Lakes region for three straight days, writing in the car and touring Halls of Fame, we were stationary Thursday. All day in Syracuse. If you’re not from Syracuse, Syracuse means only a few things. Cold weather. […]

  • Michigan State has a tough rock 'em, sock 'em basketball program

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    One national title, six Final Fours and a dozen Sweet 16’s since 1999, Michigan State’s reputation remains unassailed. Not always the best team on the bracket, but usually the toughest.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Joe Castiglione makes it to Syracuse to support Sooners

    By Ryan Aber and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma athletic director and tournament selection committee member Joe Castiglione was scheduled to be in Houston for the second weekend of the tournament. That’s where the Final Four will be held next year when Castiglione is the committee chair. But earlier this week on a conference call, Castiglione was informed that the assignments had been shuffled, allowing him to be in Syracuse for the Sooners’ game against Michigan State on Friday night at approximately 9:07. Castiglione won’t be alone. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is also a member of the committee and was also scheduled to be in Syracuse. “It’s nice that it was able to work out where we could both be here,” Castiglione said.

  • Lon Kruger says college basketball has taken a step back

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Michigan State basketball has a rough-and-tumble reputation that is well-deserved. But the Spartans also like to play fast. That makes the OU-Michigan State game Friday night in the Sweet 16 quite interesting. Spartan coach Tom Izzo said OU wants to run and “so do we. So it should be more of a track meet. We […]




Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 01 2015 11:35:07 PM CST Thunder is headed for a quick end to this cursed season, playoffs or not LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 01 2015 08:42:24 PM CST Hey, long-time OSU fans. Anyone with good Big Country memories shoot me an email at btramel@oklahoman.com.
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 01 2015 07:59:39 PM CST No April Fool's: Billy Tubbs arrives at OU LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 01 2015 05:16:45 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: Travis Ford, Serge Ibaka's return and Kevin Durant's comments LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 01 2015 11:28:09 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 01 2015 10:13:34 AM CST Final Four court configuration makes for bad basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 31 2015 05:24:13 PM CST NFL needs more two-point conversions LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 31 2015 01:00:54 PM CST NCAA coaches debate the shot clock LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 31 2015 09:24:50 AM CST Oklahoma State basketball: Buying out Travis Ford is completely irresponsible LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 30 2015 11:52:40 PM CST Cubs looking out for the fans in sending down Kris Bryant LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 30 2015 06:43:08 PM CST NCAA Tournament makes us forget that college basketball is a sport in trouble LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 30 2015 01:26:05 PM CST Why is the NCAA women's tournament poorly attended? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 30 2015 10:54:43 AM CST Another curse of Kevin Durant's injury: Foul shooting LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:25:58 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Here's one more thing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's injuries have taken from the... LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 01:33:16 PM CST Syracuse travelblog: 23 degrees at 2 a.m. LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 12:56:35 AM CST Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 12:56:35 AM CST 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

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