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.


  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys can breathe a sigh of relief

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    COMMENTARY — With an outside investigator and the NCAA teaming up to check out the charges in Sports Illustrated’s series, the news that the allegations were “fundamentally unfounded” is good for OSU.

  • Oklahoma State football: SI saga finally over

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Sports Illustrated report on OSU seemed fishy from the first. Calvin Mickens talked of getting paid hundreds of dollars from boosters in the locker room after a 62-23 loss at Texas A&M. Didn’t pass the smell test. Boosters don’t want to be in the locker room after a 39-point defeat, and boosters aren’t in […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ineffective in obvious passing downs

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    In Fort Worth on Saturday, Oklahoma State’s offense faced 19 obvious passing downs. And called a pass play only 12 times. Think about that. One of the nation’s most prominent passing schools, an offense that has had trouble running the ball all season, would just as soon take its chances on a likely-futile running play […]

  • Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahomans have been relegated to the bystanders in the first four-team playoff. So here’s a somewhat neutral eye on where things stand

  • Collected wisdom: Jim Traber says 'when I explode on callers it's good radio'

    Interviewed by Berry Tramel, btramel@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Jim Traber grew up in Columbia, Md., a three-sport star, and signed to play football and baseball at Oklahoma State. He started a few games at quarterback as a freshman in 1980 but soon devoted all his attention to baseball and became a star on Gary Ward’s first two College World Series teams. The hometown Orioles took Traber in the 21st round of the 1982 baseball draft, and Traber eventually played parts of four seasons with the Orioles. He entered the Oklahoma sports radio business in 1992 and now daily hosts the state’s top-rated show, The Afternoon Sports Beat, on WWLS-FM 98.1. The No. 1 reason I’m successful in radio, I give opinions and I don’t care if it’s a negative opinion or positive opinion about whoever I’m

  • OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys streak of 20-plus point games comes to an end

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 42-9 loss to TCU by the numbers: 4: Losses for OSU in its last 26 games against Texas teams. 4: Losses for OSU in its last 15 games played in the state of Texas. 7:05: Time of possession for OSU in the second half. The Cowboys had the ball for 20:41 in the first half. 16: Wins for TCU in 31 games against ranked opponents in the Gary Patterson era. 33: Margin of victory, TCU’s largest since beginning Big 12 play in 2012. 42: Points for TCU, the most the Frogs ever have scored against OSU. It’s the third straight week TCU has set a series-scoring high, joining games against OU and Baylor. 58: Straight games OSU had scored at least 20 points, until Saturday.

  • OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy says Cowboys now forced to rebound in a 'true test of character'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas — Oklahoma State’s 42-9 loss at TCU was its worst since a 2008 beating at Texas Tech. So the worst, by far, that any player on the current roster had absorbed. “Right now will be a true test of character for us,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “As men. As coaches. And players. And certainly as a team. You finish this one up tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow night you go out to practice and get ready for the next game. “The good thing about this one is it just counts as one.” Defensive tackle James Castleman said any loss, verdict large or small, is difficult to take. “The locker room was like it would be if we lost by three points,” Castleman said. “Everybody hates losing.

  • OSU football report card: Cowboys' grades reflect the futile performance vs. TCU

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    TCU dominated OSU in ways that harken back to the futile days of Cowboy football. The Frogs rolled 42-9 and were superb in most every facet of the game. The grades reflect such a blowout. CHUNK PLAYS: F Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer talked about limiting TCU’s “X plays,” which he defined as runs of at least 15 yards and pass plays of at least 20. Uh-oh. The Frogs had 13 such plays; OSU had two. At one point in the second quarter, the Frogs had called six running plays and had garnered 98 yards off them, including gains of 34, 15, 19 and 35. OSU’s only big plays were a 57-yard completion from Daxx Garman to Brandon Sheperd and a 22-yard run by Hill. RED ZONE: D TCU scored touchdowns. OSU kicked field

  • OSU football: Cowboys step back to yesteryear by getting blown out by TCU

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — This hasn’t happend in quite a while. Oklahoma State hasn’t been blown out by a Big 12 opponent since 2008 at Lubbock, when the Cowboys went down 56-20 to Texas Tech. But TCU helped OSU step back in time, handing the Cowboys a 42-9 stomping on Saturday in Fort Worth.

  • Why is everyone so down on Oklahoma State?

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    The Cowboys are upside down. Their offense is sluggish, after several years of high-octane performance. Their defense is gritty, even though it was billed as the rebuild of the 2014 season.

  • Big 12 football: Kansas State at OU tops this week's Big 12 games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    The road team has won three straight in the series; KSU is 3-3 in Norman since 1993.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have seen Trevone Boykin before

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    For awhile Tuesday, it appeared OSU might not be playing against TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin. A report from a TCU fan blog said Boykin underwent surgery and would miss 4-6 weeks. Then the story was revealed as bogus; Boykin is set to quarterback against the Cowboys on Saturday for the third straight season. But this […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel at H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Questions about the Sooners, Cowboys and Thunder? Ask columnist Berry Tramel, who's at H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. for the Power Lunch chat.

  • College football: The Big 12's status has changed, thanks primarily to TCU

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    COMMENTARY — League has five teams ranked in the top 15, setting up a big weekend with K-State playing at OU and OSU playing at TCU.

  • Big 12 football: Kansas State offense, Texas defense atop efficiency rankings

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Time for the Big 12 efficiency rankings. We’re getting more and more games in the data base. Only conference games are considered, since I don’t really care what OSU does against Missouri State and or Kansas State does against Stephen F. Austin. And remember, we’re grading on success taking the field. An offense’s job is […]

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys could use another second-half surge

    By John Helsley and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    OSU football in recent seasons has been defined by improvement. 2013: The Cowboys of September were so-so; a loss at West Virginia showed that. But by November, OSU played like the best team in the Big 12, before a late collapse in Bedlam prevented a championship. 2012: The Cowboys were so-so early, getting routed at Arizona and shuffling through three quarterbacks. But by season’s end, OSU again was a load, taking OU to overtime in Norman. 2011: OSU was great from the start but was better late than early, other than an easy-to-explain loss at Iowa State in November. 2010: The Cowboys actually were solid throughout the season.

  • How the committee should think: Three SEC teams in the top four

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Time to rank the college football teams, again based on how the new College Football Playoff committee should think. I had an interesting discussion at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News went through the committee’s mock selection exercise last week. They used the 2008 season as a model; that’s […]

  • Big 12 efficiency rankings: Kansas State offense, Texas defense on top

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    It’s time for the return of the Big 12 efficiency rankings. Forget yards. Forget turnovers. Forget, even, raw points. An offensive or defensive unit can only be judged on how it does with the opportunities presented. Which leads us to the Big 12 efficiency rankings. How often does an offense score a touchdown or field […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Berry Tramel gets you ready for OU-Texas, OSU-Kansas and Thunder preseason with his weekly chat from H&H Shooting Sports. Questions or comments? Ask Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel at H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Join Berry Tramel at 11 a.m. today for some sports talk -- OU vs. TCU. OSU vs. Iowa State. Thunder preseason. MLB playoffs -- on the Power Lunch chat, live from H&H Shooting Sports.




Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 05:22:01 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Cowboys can breathe a sigh of relief LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:11:44 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Another test for Cowboy defensive backs LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 02:14:58 PM CST Oklahoma State football: SI saga finally over LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 10:50:53 AM CST OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded' LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:05:05 AM CST Bowl bets: OU in Alamo, OSU in Liberty LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 09:26:38 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ineffective in obvious passing downs LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 02:24:39 PM CST Fort Worth travelblog: Finding Aunt Velma's house LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 09:12:02 AM CST How the college football committee should think: Florida State No. 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 08:16:31 PM CST Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 03:10:45 PM CST Big 12 rankings: TCU returns to No. 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 12:53:31 AM CST Collected wisdom: Jim Traber says 'when I explode on callers it's good radio' LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 11:03:56 PM CST OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys streak of 20-plus point games comes to an end LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:52:55 PM CST OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy says Cowboys now forced to rebound in a 'true test of character' LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:04 PM CST OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys struggle to put up yards, points vs. TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:03 PM CST OSU football report card: Cowboys' grades reflect the futile performance vs. TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:03 PM CST OSU football: Cowboys step back to yesteryear by getting blown out by TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 04:38:55 PM CST Collected wisdom: Jim Traber talks about his success in radio LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 17 2014 06:33:49 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Glenn Spencer explains Trevone Boykin's improvement LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 17 2014 06:10:18 PM CST Why is everyone so down on Oklahoma State? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 17 2014 06:10:18 PM CST College football: Brian Kelly has his own problems to worry about at Notre Dame LINK