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


  • NBA playoffs: First-round predictions contain only one upset

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The NBA playoffs have arrived, so it’s time for some predictions. Semi-spoiler alert: I have only one upset. WESTERN CONFERENCE Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Memphis is not a normal 7-seed. The Grizzlies are an elite when they have all their players, which they do for this series.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Not as good as last season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 hr ago

    I made an offhand remark on the radio the other day that the Thunder this season wasn’t as good as the Thunder last season. At least going into the playoffs. I hadn’t really researched the numbers on that much, but if you remember, the Thunder was historically dominant last season.

  • 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,

  • NBA Playoff Roundtable: How wary should the Thunder be of an early upset?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Four questions for four writers, previewing the upcoming NBA playoffs with a league-wide scope: 1.

  • 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.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., where he'll be answering your questions live from H&H Shooting Sports on the Thunder heading into the playoffs, spring football and more.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Does playing poorly matter going into the playoffs?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

      Eventually, we’ll get accustomed to the sound of the New Orleans Pelicans name. But for now, the Pelicans sound like a D-League team. And Monday night in the Big Easy, the Pelicans looked like a minor-league squad. Melvin Ely, who hadn’t played in the NBA in 1,097 days, flew in from Las Vegas on Sunday, signed a contract with the Pelicans and played 10 minutes against the Thunder.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Better on defense than offense

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Statistics can reveal interesting things. Like this. The Thunder is a better defensive team than offensive team. Who would have thought it? Especially after this season of some massive defensive dips with the injuries to Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins. But it’s true.

  • 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 City Thunder: Wild scramble for first-round playoff foe

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The Thunder is headed for the second seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs’ magic number to finish atop the West is one — any combination of one San Antonio victory or  Thunder defeat guarantees the Spurs the top seed. The Thunder’s magic number to finish second is two.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Will Clippers end the OKC streak?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s streak ended Tuesday night. The Thunder’s streak can end Wednesday night. For five straight years, the Thunder has improved its record over the previous season. But to extend that record to six straight seasons, the Thunder has to win out.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: An evening with Pop

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Gregg Popovich is an NBA enigma. One of the most interesting personalities in the league. One of the best minds. But you have to extract the interesting stuff from Pop. He’s not going to give it freely. If you watch TNT or ESPN, you know that.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Welcome back, Kendrick Perkins

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins returned Thursday night, and suddenly all seemed right in the ThunderWorld. The Thunder seemed tough again. The Thunder didn’t give up easy shots at the baskets. The Thunder played with a defensive edge. OKC beat the Spurs 106-94 Thursday night and reminded us what made the Thunder an NBA contender.

  • 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.

  • Thunder roundtable: Are the Spurs now the Western Conference favorites?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Four questions for four writers, previewing Thursday’s showdown between the Spurs and Thunder and looking down the road at a potential playoff matchup between the two: 1.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Watch out for the Clippers

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    A few days ago, I compared schedules and calculated the likely Western Conference finish. A lot has happened since then. The Clippers won in Houston. The Suns lost to the Lakers. The Warriors lost to the Knickerbockers. So with the Thunder in the middle of three straight days off, here’s a revised look.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant continues to improve ballhandling

    By Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Miami star LeBron James was impressed with Durant handle skills, says KD ranks with Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Steph Curry in that department.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Derek Fisher called to coach?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Derek Fisher says he has no desire to coach. But some of his teammates think the Ancient Mariner is destined to coach once his playing days are over. For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about NBA players becoming college coaches. You can read that column here.




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