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.


  • Power Lunch: chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Join The Oklahoman's columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU and the Thunder in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a,m.

  • Tommie Smith & John Carlos: from villains to heroes

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Smith and Carlos, more linked than any two athletes in American history, have lived forever since Mexico City, 47-plus years. They say God brought them together a half century ago for a singular purpose. God, plus Track & Field News.

  • Peyton Manning makes like John Elway in quarterbacking Super Bowl victory

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Manning joins the club of two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, which also includes Tom Brady, Elway, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Bob Griese, Ben Roethlisberger, Bart Starr, Jim Plunkett and Eli Manning. You know you’ve had quite the football life when your boss (Elway is the Bronco general manager) and your brother are waiting at such a finish line.

  • 50 people who will define Super Bowl 50

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Columnist Berry Tramel takes a look at 50 people that should make you interested in Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    PURCELL — Time flies, Clifford Thrift figures. Better enjoy it while you can. So virtually every day, Thrift slips onto his right ring finger a big piece of gold, adorned with diamonds and the unmistakable squashed “C” of the Chicago Bears. But the linebacker from the iconic 1985 Bears doesn't wear his Super Bowl ring to show off. Thrift wears his Super Bowl ring because of the pride it still instills, because of the memories it still stirs. “For me, it's just a very, very strong sense of achievement,” Thrift said. “When I look at the Super Bowl ring, it's not just the fact that we won a Super Bowl, but I got to be part of something that literally made history.

  • Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings

    Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, John Helsley | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Oklahomans who have won Super Bowl rings share their stories with The Oklahoman.

  • Tyler Brown puts Lexington football on the map

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Brown’s hometown gathered in Lexington High School’s commons area Wednesday to watch the boy mountain sign a football letter of intent with OSU. Lex’s first Division I scholarship in anyone’s memory.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and the Super Bowl in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Could Baker Mayfield transfer and get his fourth season elsewhere?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    If the school from which the player graduated signs off, the NCAA routinely allows transfers to transfer again. Heck, we’ve seen that happen twice in recent months involving OSU players.

  • High school basketball: 'Joke' turned Lindy Waters' life upside down

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Lindy Waters III, “Trey,” a senior basketball star at Norman North, in October was expelled from school for the rest of the academic year.

  • Collected Wisdom: Hub Reed was one of Abe Lemons' first standout players at Oklahoma City University

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Hub Reed attended Capitol Hill High School, then became one of Abe Lemons’ first basketball stars at Oklahoma City University. Reed starred on OCU’s 1956 and 1957 NCAA Tournament teams, then was drafted 14th overall by the Cincinnati Royals.

  • OKC Thunder: Dwight Howard's ejection lets Enes Kanter dominate

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The Rockets’ center got himself ejected from the game with 7:05 left in the third quarter, Enes Kanter checked in 76 seconds later and the game changed. Kanter scored 18 points in 14 minutes, the Thunder took command and beat Houston 116-108.

  • How Oklahoma paved the way for LSU phenom Ben Simmons

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Recruiting was different. The summer circuit wasn’t so much AAU tournaments and elite camps. Sometimes, you could find a prospect on urban asphalts.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's award-winning sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and NFL at 11 a.m. in today's Power Lunch live chat.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan maximizing Enes Kanter's talents

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Kanter off the bench has been an absolute success for the Thunder. The $70 million man is a defensive liability, but Donovan has found ways to make it work with Kanter.

  • OKC Thunder: Kyle Singler returns from purgatory in win over Hornets

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    By the end of the Thunder’s 109-95 rout of the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night, the silent treatment had turned to cheers for Singler.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk about OU, OSU and the Thunder at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Travis Ford's smile is wide as OSU routs Kansas

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Ford has been playing and coaching basketball for most of his 46 years, including plenty of games with bigger stakes than Tuesday night. But Ford is hard-pressed to recollect a game that meant more to him than this masterpiece.

  • Will Westbrook at 34 be like Dwyane Wade?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Dwyane Wade turned 34 Sunday. He doesn't look a day over 38. He knees are sore. His shoulder hurts. His dunks are few and far between. Wade skipped the Heat game Friday night in Denver, trying to heal up. But there Wade was Sunday night, getting serenaded with “Happy Birthday” from the Oklahoma City crowd — “That was cool,” Wade said, “much appreciated.” — and then threatening to send Loud City home unhappy. Wade scored 18 points first-half points, some on trick shots and Houdini moves, and Miami was down just two points. “His game is timeless,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Maybe so. But time marches on. And in the second half, the younger, quicker, stronger and healthier Thunder dominated.

  • OKC Thunder needs even more out of Westbrook

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    What’s the old line about if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it? Same with the Thunder. If you want something done, ask the person doing the most.




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Berry Tramel Today at 8:57 AM Indianapolis travelblog: 14 degrees in a great city https://t.co/DFhZFIAYmd
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 10 2016 03:55:24 PM CST Ex-Sooner Bob Harrison loved playing football https://t.co/8qonUgbmGa
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:42:10 AM CST Gary Kubiak's second-chance success not common in the NFL https://t.co/wnw9Lb9Tpz
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 10 2016 08:57:43 AM CST Big 12's academic status on the rise https://t.co/SWXY5PlwoH
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 09 2016 06:07:52 PM CST Analyzing what Scotty Brooks said https://t.co/37wyfyB00C
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 09 2016 03:09:24 PM CST Tommie Smith & John Carlos did NOT give up their Olympic medals https://t.co/k5PVjwaDkc
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 09 2016 10:26:39 AM CST Who will take the last shot for OU basketball? https://t.co/ttyWOekWh1
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 08 2016 08:35:04 PM CST Tommie Smith & John Carlos: from villains to heroes https://t.co/HMqI1cerwp
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 08 2016 05:24:10 PM CST Why didn't Cam Newton try to recover the fumble? https://t.co/nrQRuwI4nz
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 08 2016 11:54:59 AM CST Super Bowl commercials: Ant-Man & The Hulk rate No. 1 https://t.co/ijmLvTylZ4
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 08 2016 07:46:48 AM CST All the Thunder rotations were competitive against Golden State https://t.co/5auodK7yA5
Berry Tramel Sun, Feb. 07 2016 11:00:03 PM CST Peyton Manning makes like John Elway in quarterbacking Super Bowl victory https://t.co/t3iYajHPYN
Berry Tramel Sun, Feb. 07 2016 11:36:03 AM CST 50 people who will define Super Bowl 50 https://t.co/BfcokL3xkw
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 06:43:31 PM CST Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing https://t.co/JHvdJieHQ0
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 05:37:58 PM CST Can Buddy Hield surpass Wayman Tisdale's records? https://t.co/u7xBdk9pDn
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 05:25:42 PM CST Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings https://t.co/4VmWsZSOVP
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 01:24:02 PM CST Why did OU go so heavy after junior-college transfers? https://t.co/5qQoeInlh1
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:56:58 AM CST Wade Phillips: A reason to cheer for the Broncos https://t.co/36sG9GViDf
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 09:14:33 PM CST Can Russell Westbrook average a triple double? https://t.co/3qUTqkA5tx

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