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.


  • Russell Westbrook's company: NBA giants

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    We’ve broken down by number Russell Westbrook’s amazing production in recent weeks. But numbers can get confusing. There is nothing confusing about names. If we break down Westbrook’s play by the company he’s suddenly keeping, the level of Westbrook’s game comes into clear focus. He is playing basketball like few have ever played it. The […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Heisman talk, OSU's hoops 'rise', and Big 12 Tournament picks

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Berry Tramel jumped on the Power Lunch chat live from H&H Shooting Sports to talk Thunder, Sooners, Cowboys and more. Here's the recap.

  • Why Philadelphia 76ers GM and Marlow native Sam Hinkie is losing big by design

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Sam Hinkie, the pride of Marlow, always has been a winner in the truest sense of the word. Leader supreme. Overachiever. Prodigy, in many ways. But now the Philadelphia 76ers general manager is making news for losing. And it’s completely by design.

  • Daniel Orton: Fired for telling the truth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    I occasionally get asked about writing a book. My answer is pat — when I find time to read a book, I’ll start finding time to write a book. But that’s for cheap laughs. The truth is, I’d be interested in writing a book, but I want a fresh topic. I mean, I could write […]

  • Thunder starting lineup in a constant state of flux

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    D.J. Augustin started for the Thunder on Sunday against the Lakers. So did Kyle Singler. Enes Kanter, too, making 60 percent of the Thunder lineup guys who had been with the team just 10 days. Crazy. For the Monday Oklahoman, I wrote about the Thunder’s myriad injury problems. You can read that column here. But […]

  • This Thunder season has gone from cursed to crazy

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Forget “Thunderstruck.” Or “Oklahoma!” The new Thunder anthem is the theme from M*A*S*H. Good thing the NBA has its own health insurance; the Thunder alone would bankrupt ObamaCare.

  • Thunder in trouble if it can't defend the pick-and-roll

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Bob Stoops likes to tell the story of his early days coaching at Kansas State, when the Wildcats routinely were outmanned, and Bill Snyder’s young staff had to be innovative in keeping K-State competitive. In one particular gameplan session, Stoops expressed pessimism that KSU’s interior defense could hold up. The nose tackle or defensive tackles, […]

  • Oklahoma City: A night in Loud City

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The last time I sat in the stands at a Thunder game, it was November 2008. The Dish and I went to a Thunder-Hornets game. Sat about 20 rows up behind the south basket. New Orleans trounced the Thunder. P.J. Carlesimo was fired before we even made it home. I stepped back into fandom Tuesday […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: On court storming, college basketball's big problem and Dez Bryant

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered your questions on the Thunder, Sooners, Cowboys and more on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: This newest version of the Thunder looks pretty darn good

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    The hapless Denvers had to be thinking, who are these guys? Sorry, we don’t know. Not yet, anyway. But this much we do know. They’re looking good.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With veteran presences gone, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook must assume that responsibility

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Thunder’s resident superstars, who have done everything from pumping air in the balls to hawking programs on the Chesapeake concourse, now assume an additional title. Elder statesmen, and all the responsibilities that go with it.

  • Steven Adams' mission goes into overdrive. He is now the Thunder's defensive anchor.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    “Yeah, Steven will probably get more minutes in crunch time against certain guys that Perk would have got,” said Nick Collison, the Thunder’s emergency starting center Thursday night, when OKC routed Dallas 104-89 with Adams still recuperating from a broken hand.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Fans say they will miss Kendrick Perkins — scowl and all

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The rough center who brought big-time defense to Oklahoma City and spurred the Thunder’s ascent to elite status in the National Basketball Association was traded Thursday to the Utah Jazz. And Perkins, who had been a lightning rod figure for his limited offensive skills, found his way into the hearts of Thunder fans.

  • The Thunder will miss Kendrick Perkins

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The Thunder has cut off its nose to spite its face. The Thunder has traded Kendrick Perkins so it could trade Reggie Jackson. The Thunder traded what it considered a cancer, at the cost of a deep wound. Nothing against Enes Kanter, the talented Utah Jazz center who is headed to Oklahoma City. Kanter is […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Was Blake Bell's OU career wasted? Where do OU and OSU end up in NCAA Tournament seeding? Can Oklahoma City ever host an NBA All-Star Game? Berry Tramel answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat Wednesday from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • For the first time this season, the Thunder seems to have found high gear

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    The Cavaliers are showing that a team can right its ship in mid-season. And the Thunder is much more primed to do just that, since OKC has the continuity of the same core, the same system and the same coach.

  • Kevin Durant is partially right: Media shouldn't vote for MVP

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Kevin Durant says the media has too much power, that we shouldn’t be voting for NBA awards like most valuable player and all-NBA and Sixth Man of the Year. Durant says the players should have that privilege, that players know way more about the game than does the media. Durant made his comments Friday at […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel live from H&H Shooting Sports as he answers your questions on the Power Lunch chat on the Thunder at midseason, Big 12 basketball, offseason football and more. Get your questions in here.

  • Memphis might be better with Jeff Green — but he certainly can't guard Kevin Durant

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The arrival of Green makes Memphis better. Big, athletic, good all-around scorer. But the arrival of Green might make Memphis more vulnerable against the Thunder, because that could mean less of Tony Allen guarding Durant.

  • Reggie Jackson did not learn from James Harden

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Reggie Jackson wants to be a star, and you can’t blame him. That’s what this confounding season comes down to for Jackson and the Thunder, which has struggled at times trying to get re-acclimated as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant returned from injuries. Jackson told us he wants to be a star, wants to run […]




Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 05 2015 06:04:46 PM CST OU football: Sooners' sideline confusion, fury could be curbed by moving Mike Stoops to the press box LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 05 2015 05:14:24 PM CST Oklahoma football: Will Lincoln Riley offense take pressure off offensive line? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 05 2015 05:14:23 PM CST Russell Westbrook's company: NBA giants LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 05 2015 09:50:24 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook masks miserable performance LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 04 2015 06:17:42 PM CST A fun night at Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 04 2015 04:34:13 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: Heisman talk, OSU's hoops 'rise', and Big 12 Tournament picks LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 04 2015 10:59:32 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 04 2015 09:54:29 AM CST Will college football's Big Bowl go cold weather? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 11:49:23 PM CST A baseball feat from long ago LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 06:13:05 PM CST Why Philadelphia 76ers GM and Marlow native Sam Hinkie is losing big by design LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 01:47:37 PM CST Markel Brown: Look who's starting in Brooklyn LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 10:37:41 AM CST Another epic collapse for OU basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 02 2015 10:42:53 AM CST Thunder starting lineup in a constant state of flux LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 02 2015 09:40:00 AM CST OU basketball in great shape for Omaha LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 01 2015 08:40:29 PM CST This Thunder season has gone from cursed to crazy LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 07:27:53 PM CST Evidence says name brand programs will get the selection committee's nod every time LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 04:17:19 PM CST NBA pulls back the veil more on officiating LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:43:57 PM CST Thunder in trouble if it can't defend the pick-and-roll LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 09:35:23 AM CST Can schools police students who rush the court? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 06:17:00 PM CST College basketball: Student attendance might suffer, but the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby is right about getting behav... LINK

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