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


  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Simple-minded people hurt NBA's reputation more than anything

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Occasionally, you’ll see a dud game or a dud ref. But a game that’s nigh near impossible to call somehow gets well-called night after night, year after year.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker and the OU defense provides plenty of reason for optimism

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    While rampant optimism flows through Soonerville this spring, as it should, most of it stems from the defense. And players like Eric Striker. The Brothers Stoops are hard-pressed to contain their glee over what their 2014 defense could do.

  • Oklahoma spring football report card: Sooners' offense inefficient in spring game

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A fun day on the OU campus was tempered by offensive inefficiency Saturday in the Sooner spring game, slowing the momentum created by a 45-31 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama.

  • Good things will happen if Sooners keep the same frame of mind

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    OU defensive lineman Chuka Ndule said: “This is Oklahoma. We’re not the underdogs.”

  • Don't forget Wilt Chamberlain when praising Kevin Durant's streak

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    COMMENTARY — While the Thunder star has passed Michael Jordan’s run of 25-point games, he has a long way to go to catch the true record-holder, Wilt Chamberlain.

  • NCAA Tournament is a game of Russian roulette

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Hot shooters, sprained ankles and questionable whistles can alter the outcome of a game — and the future of a coach.

  • Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill's tantalizing speed gives Cowboy coaches a unique weapon to employ

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Mike Gundy’s mantra seems simple and direct. Get Tyreek Hill the ball. It’s clear that the OSU coaches don’t know exactly what they have in Hill, a Garden City (Kan.) Community College transfer, other than something quite unique.

  • Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboy quarterbacks earn an 'A' on deep throws

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Hard to grade spring competition, since anything good for an offense is equally bad for the defense, and vice versa. But we saw enough at OSU’s Orange Blitz on Saturday to get a good read on the Cowboys.

  • Oklahoma State quarterback suffers knee injury at practice

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, btramel@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman suffered an apparent knee injury in practice Friday and was carted off the field, according to multiple sources. His availability for the Orange Blitz on Saturday and practice the rest of the spring is unknown. An OSU source said coach Mike Gundy would address Garman’s status after the Orange Blitz. Garman, a transfer from Arizona, has been running second-team at quarterback this spring, behind J.W. Walsh. A source said Garman was not hit but fell awkwardly as he was scrambling. OSU officials tended to Garman for about five minutes, after which he was not able to place weight on his leg. He was helped off the field and carried away in a cart.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder finally plays — and wins — a big game

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The Thunder rallied from a rocky start, beat San Antonio 106-94, ended the Spurs’ 19-game winning streak and reminded us how great would be a Western Conference Finals series between these river canal rivals.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: How the 2003-04 Cowboys brought OSU's campus together

    Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Basketball games became a happening in Stillwater when those Cowboys made a run to the Final Four.

  • Although OU lacks star power, optimism is taking Sooner Nation by storm

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    The state is flooded with belief that Oklahoma football is back in the butt-kicking business. You can’t blame anybody for feeling that way. Sending Alabama to bed without its supper will make anyone stand a lot taller.

  • Where are they now?: Saint Joseph's Tyrone Barley, the player who was defending John Lucas' shot

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Ten years ago this month, OSU’s John Lucas sank a shot over Saint Joseph’s Tyrone Barley that sent the Cowboys to the Final Four. Lucas remains in the NBA, with the Utah Jazz. Barley is in a Pennsylvania prison, sentenced last November to 10-to-20 years for armed robbery and a reckless police chase. According to the Local Daily News of West Chester, Pa., Barley pleaded guilty last September to charges that he held three women at gunpoint during a robbery in West Chester on Feb. 20, 2013. Barley was Saint Joseph’s sixth man on its great 2003-04 team. He went on to play professionally in New Zealand and in the minor league American Basketball Association, then worked with troubled youths and from many accounts was a

  • NCAA Tournament: Remembering the 25 most memorable shots in 75 years of the NCAAs

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    To commemorate the 75-year anniversary of the NCAA Tournament, ESPN last year listed the 75 most memorable moments in tournament history. John Lucas’ shot to beat St. Joseph’s was among the top 25.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Remembering the shot that 'sneaked' the Cowboys into Final Four

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Ten years ago, John Lucas became an OSU icon with shot that lifted team to NCAA Tournament semifinals




Berry Tramel Today at 1:17 PM NBA playoffs: First-round predictions contain only one upset LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 10:18 AM 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
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 14 2014 05:29:07 PM CST Oklahoma football: How Baker Mayfield pushes Trevor Knight LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 14 2014 01:37:34 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Better on defense than offense LINK