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.


  • San Antonio travelblog: 90 mph on the Pickle Parkway

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    We made it home from San Antonio, and the MVP of the trip clearly was our photographer, Bryan Terry. Runnerup was whoever designed the Pickle Parkway. Bryan drove us all the way home Tuesday, allowing Erik Horne, A.C. Slater and I to work the entire 473-mile trip from San Antonio. It was a heavy news day. The chaos of those last 13.5 seconds, the national furor that ensued and the NBA’s eventual report that said the law left town during those 13.5 seconds that seemed like 13 minutes. Bryan’s driving was yeoman’s work and very valuable. And it was made easier by the new Texas turnpike that zips from Georgetown, on the far north side of greater Austin, to Seguin, about 36 miles east of San Antonio.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan needs to bag a timeout

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Someone please unbutton the back pocket of his pants and stash a timeout. Two, if possible.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge having historic series against Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Two wild things happened Monday night in San Antonio. The most infamous 13.5 seconds in recent NBA playoff history, and a monumental victory for the Thunder. The latter is glorious, but only partially relevant to the rest of this series. The former is fascinating but not at all relevant to the rest of this series. Lost in the grandeur of the Thunder victory and the anarchy of the last 13.5 seconds was a line on the box score. 15-21 FG; 10-10 FT; 8 Reb.; 41 points. That’s LaMarcus Aldridge’s line in Game 2. And here’s why it looms over this Western Conference semifinal like a thunderstorm over an outdoor wedding. Game 2 wasn’t Aldridge’s best game of this series.

  • Why the furor? Spurs got what they needed

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 23 hr ago

    The national furor of the final 13.5 seconds of Thunder-Spurs has masked the truth. The Spurs got exactly what they needed out of Dion Waiters’ inbounds pass. You know all the particulars. Up 98-97 and out of timeouts, the Thunder had trouble getting the ball in bounds. Dion Waiters was harassed by the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili. Ginobili appeared to step on the line and was in Waiters’ face. Waiters responded by elbowing Ginobili out of the way, then lofted a pass at Kevin Durant, who tumbled, lost the ball and gave the Spurs a golden chance to win. Danny Green picked up the ball, Patty Mills was well ahead of him and only Steven Adams was on patrol for the Thunder. And Ginobili was trailing close behind. It

  • Spurs fan: Popovich coached a bad game

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

      Heath Holt is a big Spurs fan who works at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City. Heath writes me frequently, offering Spurs updates. Heath wrote Monday night after Game 2 of Thunder-Spurs, and his observations were interesting enough to share: “Some very very unhappy notes from the Spurs-Thunder game. Make no mistake, the Spurs fans are steaming mad… Pop’s coaching was bad, Kansas football bad. Pulling a hot Kawhi Leonard who had just made three shots in a row and subbing in Ginobili to guard Westbrook (sheer lunacy). Telling the players in the huddle, “Just relax, we have the whole rest of the game ahead of us.” Just relax? I think they were pretty relaxed.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping the Thunder's wild Game 2 win in San Antonio

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Yesterday

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Spurs-Thunder Game 2 recap (<–Click Here) - The final 13.5 seconds of Thunder-Spurs Game 2 are still a little tough to comprehend. But OKC escaped with a massive win, tying the series. What will we remember most? What was the postgame scene like? What does this do to your perception of the series moving forward? We discuss.

  • San Antonio travelblog: A tight deadline and shooting NBA treys

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    Wow. What a game Monday night in San Antonio. What a game and what a night for someone with a tight deadline. At about 11:05 p.m., it looked like the Thunder would hold off the Spurs. Then Serge Ibaka fouled LaMarcus Aldridge on a 3-point shot, Dion Waiters had trouble inbounding the ball and we had a month’s worth of action in the final 13.5 seconds. Great theater. Tough to report when you’ve got two items to write and little more than an hour to do it. But that’s what makes the job fun. Fun and tough. Here’s how I went through the next 75 minutes or so. Erik and I were sitting at the top of the lower level of seats, sort of in the corner. Literally 15 steps from the main concourse.

  • Thunder evens series with more physical approach

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    SAN ANTONIO — You're going to remember the last play. The crazy inbounds pass from Dion Waiters that included an elbow to Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green's steal, and Steven Adams' fanatical defense, contesting three potential game-winning opportunities, and the scrum under the basket that ended with the final buzzer and a 98-97 victory Monday night that ranks among the greatest in Thunder history. But Kevin Durant remembers the first play. Danny Green's runner in the lane, which had to be lofted over a challenging Serge Ibaka and bounced off the rim. The Thunder breathed a sigh of relief when that final buzzer sounded and OKC got out of town with a 1-1 tie in the Western Conference semifinals. But the Thunder breathed

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

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

  • OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder's 98-97 win over the Spurs

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Thunder came out roaring in Game 2 and held on at the end to beat the Spurs 98-97 Monday night and even the Western Conference semifinals series at 1-1. The grades reflect a gritty performance. Adjustments: A. Billy Donovan showed he has a trick or two up his sleeve. Donovan had Andre Roberson guard Kawhi Leonard most of the game, and Roberson's lateral quickness proved effective against Leonard. The Spurs all-star had 14 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Donovan also chose not to double team LaMarcus Aldridge after his scorching first half, which included 22 points and 9-of-11 shooting on a variety of isolations. The Spurs didn't go back to Aldridge a ton in the second half and survived.

  • San Antonio travelblog: Trying to interview Gregg Popovich

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Gregg Popovich is my favorite NBA coach to interview. Not because he’s the easiest. Because he’s the hardest. Popovich has no tolerance for mediocre questions, as you know from the in-game interviews on TNT and ESPN. Sometimes, Pop doesn’t have tolerance for good questions. But when you get a good response from Popovich, you know you’ve earned your keep. In pregame on Saturday, I asked Popovich two questions. Something about rotations, and whether he has an idea before the game how he’ll substitute or is it an in-game feel. He gave me a terse, but decent, answer, that it’s in-game, though he has a general idea who will play.

  • Time for the Thunder to fear Kawhi Leonard

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Appropriate fear. It’s a good term. Wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Thunder to adopt it themselves in their quest to beat the Spurs in these Western Conference semifinals, a quest which has gone from uphill to as steep as a lighthouse staircase. Time for the Thunder to appropriately fear Kawhi Leonard.

  • MANU GINÓBILI Q&A: Head sometimes hard to control

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Ginobili talked Sunday about the Spurs’ blowout victory and Game 2 Monday night.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Who is most at fault for the Game 1 beatdown in San Antonio

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Spurs-Thunder Game 1 recap (<–Click Here) - The Spurs blasted the Thunder by 32 points in Game 1, a dominance that made you wonder how competitive OKC will remain in this series. What went so wrong? Who is most at fault? What can OKC do to correct it? And if they don't, what does that mean for Kevin Durant? We discuss.

  • San Antonio travelblog: Good eats at the Josephine Street Bar & Grill

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, May 1, 2016

    The game was a dud. You saw it. The Spurs routed the Thunder 124-92 Saturday night. Nothing much to say. The Spurs were great. The Thunder was horrid. Hard to remember a worse Thunder game on such a stage. But forget the game. Until the 7:30 p.m. tipoff, there was a great, big, wide, wonderful day. Not that I did much with it. Other than eat at Josephine Street Bar & Grill. We had lunch there, and it was stupendous. Just a great place. Atmospheric. Inexpensive. Great food.

  • Thunder must play much better, else summer of Durant will get here quickly

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

    This much we know. Summer will come earlier than anyone north of Red wanted, if the Thunder doesn’t play better. Much, much better. Much, much, much, much, much, much, much better.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder's 124-92 loss to the Spurs

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

    SAN ANTONIO — The game was over early. The Spurs led the Thunder 30-10 just 8:18 into the game, 43-20 after one quarter and 73-40 at halftime. San Antonio's 124-92 rout was one of the most demoralizing defeats in Thunder history. And the grades reflect it. PICK-AND-ROLL DEFENSE: F. The Thunder had no answer for LaMarcus Aldridge. Steven Adams opened both halves on Aldridge, then Serge Ibaka quickly moved over. Nick Collison took a turn, too. Nothing worked. Aldridge scored 38 points on 18 of 23 shooting. Ten of his baskets were on midrange shots created by the pick-and-roll. Tony Parker had 12 assists in three quarters. In taking a 43-20 lead after the first quarter, the Spurs got 13 open shots and made 12. FINISHING: D.

  • West semifinals: Spurs & Warriors the pick

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The West is set in the NBA’s conference semifinals. While the Eastern Conference has two Game 7’s on Sunday, the West semis get a headstart. Thunder-Spurs on Saturday night, Portland-Golden State on Sunday afternoon. Here’s how I see them: THUNDER-SPURS We’ve seen this before. Two great Western Conference Finals, both going six games, with the Thunder winning in 2012 and the Spurs winning in 2014. One feature of the playoff rivalry has been San Antonio’s dominance at the AT&T Center. In 2014, the Spurs won the three San Antonio games 122-105, 112-77 and 117-89. The Thunder stayed close through much of that Game 1, but the other two were total blowouts.

  • ALL IN THE FAMILY: Thunder has been the most successful of the many Spurs spinoffs

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

    The Thunder and Spurs meet for a third time in the playoffs. The Western Conference semifinals start Saturday night in San Antonio, and it’s all in the family again.

  • OKC Thunder: Spurs spinoffs

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

    SAN ANTONIO SPINOFFS Replicating success is a hallmark of sports management. And television. In the NBA, other franchises frequently have raided the San Antonio Spurs for executives and coaches to transplant the Spurs' culture, in the same way that TV raided Norman Lear's classic “All in the Family” to establish new comedies. Here we give the Spurs' spinoffs an “All in the Family” counterpart: THUNDER/THE JEFFERSONS Thunder: Clay Bennett, former chairman of the Spurs' board of governors, got his own franchise in the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006. Bennett hired young Sam Presti, the Spurs' assistant general manager, and moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008, with a civic ownership group similar to San Antonio's.




Berry Tramel Today at 3:03 PM San Antonio travelblog: 90 mph on the Pickle Parkway https://t.co/GJiromWz7s
Berry Tramel Today at 10:40 AM LaMarcus Aldridge having historic series against Thunder https://t.co/kJHVUG6V0O
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 08:09:42 PM CST OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan needs to bag a timeout https://t.co/vG9V1Q33rL
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 04:40:19 PM CST Spurs fan: Popovich coached a bad game https://t.co/sCeYmSmrLN
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 02:29:26 PM CST Why the furor? Spurs got what they needed https://t.co/diXYpvlAjB
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 02:29:25 PM CST San Antonio travelblog: A tight deadline and shooting NBA treys https://t.co/JvnNQJh2rh
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 11:31:54 AM CST Thunder evens series with more physical approach https://t.co/deDYz2C4vk
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 10:27:10 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel https://t.co/7z93V64BmE
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 02:54:13 AM CST OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder's 98-97 win over the Spurs https://t.co/r34pfnzSWu
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 02 2016 02:44:40 PM CST Eastern Conference semifinals: Go with Toronto & Cleveland https://t.co/6WkRtsqvDF
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 02 2016 02:44:40 PM CST San Antonio travelblog: Trying to interview Gregg Popovich https://t.co/noihFu6gH8
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 01 2016 08:39:18 PM CST Time for the Thunder to fear Kawhi Leonard https://t.co/5FpljjpeBZ
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 01 2016 07:34:13 PM CST MANU GINÓBILI Q&A: Head sometimes hard to control https://t.co/DIs7HGri0M
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 01 2016 02:53:26 PM CST San Antonio travelblog: Good eats at the Josephine Street Bar & Grill https://t.co/GJOR8duWnE
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 01 2016 01:03:43 AM CST Thunder must play much better, else summer of Durant will get here quickly https://t.co/fHM3dTpb3d
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:57:59 PM CST OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder's 124-92 loss to the Spurs https://t.co/3y43mTeEhV
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:21:45 PM CST West semifinals: Spurs & Warriors the pick https://t.co/P7s8KtVGb4
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 30 2016 10:38:14 AM CST San Antonio travelblog: 80 mph speed limit & Uber https://t.co/Y4baujtnRo
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 29 2016 09:15:13 PM CST OKC Thunder: Spurs spinoffs https://t.co/26A4n7BONC
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 29 2016 09:15:12 PM CST ALL IN THE FAMILY: Thunder has been the most successful of the many Spurs spinoffs https://t.co/wsvZYmVjjz

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