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.


  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook has raised his game without Durant

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The Thunder beat the Timberwolves 92-84 Monday night in a game that was not the worst in OKC basketball history but is on the list. Scotty Brooks walked into his post-game press conference and said, “I’m surprised you guys stayed.” It was hard to watch. Of course, that’s what happens when Kevin Durant sits out […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters as a Thunder starter and DeflateGate

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered various questions on the Power Lunch chat from H&H Shooting Sports on Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Lance Stephenson should be the player the Thunder wants, not Brook Lopez

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Stephenson is not a supreme talent. He’s shot just 38.6 percent from the field for the Hornets and just 15.1 percent from 3-point range, far below his numbers as a Pacer. But Stephenson is a 24-year-old, two-way player with lots of talent, plenty of big-stage experience and a contract that doesn’t make you choke.

  • Thunder goes all-in on offense, which might be a start to turning around the season

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    If you can’t stop ’em, outscore ’em. If you can’t play any defense, at least play some offense.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What exactly does Brook Lopez fix?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Rumors persist that the Thunder is interesting in trading for Brook Lopez, the 7-foot Brooklyn center who makes $15.7 million and almost that much for podiatrists, since his chronic foot problems are a major concern. But Lopez is a quality offensive center. He can score in the low post, and I don’t mean score like […]

  • LeBron James: Is this Cavalier mess anything like Miami's troubles of four years ago?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are 19-20 and trailing even the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings. LeBron James’ maiden season back in Cleveland has led to roster upheaval (the Cavs traded Dion Waiters) and coach controversy (will David Blatt be run off?) and questions about whether this collection of mega-talent will work. Not at all […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Reggie Jackson rumblings, Oklahoma State's bright football future, and Berry's OU Mount Rushmore

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered questions on everything from Sooners coaches to Thunder trades on the Power Lunch chat live from H&H Shooting Sports on Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: What's a realistic move we could see OKC make before the trade deadline?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The Thunder is at a bit of a crossroads, sitting at 18-19, on the outside of the playoffs looking in and needing to play far better in the second half. So this seems as good a time as any to check in with one of our occasional roundtables.

  • OKC Thunder: Why Scott Brooks' job should be on the line

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    COMMENTARY — The last time Oklahoma City lost two games like this, the coach got fired before he left the arena. That’s unlikely to happen now, but what’s clear from its recent effort is the Thunder has regressed.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Who is still hung up on James Harden?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    In late October 2013, we planned a project on the first anniversary of the James Harden trade. That monumental Oklahoma night when, during Notre Dame’s dismantling of the Sooners at Owen Field, word came down that the Thunder had traded The Beard to Houston. It was a good idea. Harden had a hold on Thunderville. […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    OSU and OU turned heads in Big 12 basketball? The Thunder made a big trade? Who will run the Sooners' offense in 2015? Berry Tramel is answering your questions live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get them in right here.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Columnist Berry Tramel jumps on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. to discuss the OU bowl fallout, Oklahoma State's chances against Washington, the Thunder's climb back above .500 and more. Get your questions in here.

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas, Thunder style

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Reader Bill Tolbert has too much time on his hand. And I told him so. Here’s how we know. The Thunder’s two-game suddenly losing, home defeats to New Orleans and Portland, has inspired Tolbert to rewrite “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with a Thunder twist. With his permission, I’m sharing it with you: Twas the […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Questions for Scott Brooks

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    I didn’t make it to Scotty Brooks’ press conference after the game Tuesday night, when the Thunder lost to Portland 115-111 in overtime, a game OKC gift-wrapped for the Blazers. The Thunder led by 15 points with five minutes left and led by 10 points with 100 seconds left. I was having to rewrite my […]

  • OKC Thunder: Loss to Portland proves nothing will come easy this season

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    A wild night at Chesapeake Arena ended with the Thunder losing 115-111 in overtime to the Northwest Division-leading Blazers on Tuesday night. And the Thunder, which expected to wake up Christmas morning with a winning record and playoff secure in the eighth slot of the Western Conference, continues to make things difficult.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Questions about the Thunder ball sharing? Bowl season? The Sooners' 39-0 run? Ask The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports live at 11 a.m.

  • Who can stop the Russell Westbrook madness?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Russell Westbrook enabling continues. Scotty Brooks wanted to talk defense. Russell Westbrook melted down again Sunday night, and Brooks wanted to talk defense. You can’t blame Foreman Scotty. The Thunder defense was awful most of the game. The Thunder had given up 99 points through 44 minutes. Anthony Davis was padding his MVP case […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The old Russell Westbrook resurfaces in OKC's loss to Pelicans

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    You don’t become an MVP candidate by throwing fewer passes than a wishbone quarterback, and an MVP candidate Russell Westbrook has been in his 23 days since returning from a broken hand. But every once in awhile, the old Westbrook appears.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Breaking down the Thunder season after the first trimester

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    With all that has already happened, it’s hard to believe the NBA season is only a third old. What have we learned? Who has surprised? Disappointed? We ask four writers four questions, breaking down the first 27 games of OKC’s season.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Questions for columnist Berry Tramel? Ask away at 11 a.m.! Berry will be chatting live from H&H Shooting Sports on everything from bowl season, to Tyreek Hill to the Thunder's surge into the playoff race.




Berry Tramel Today at 1:06 PM Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook has raised his game without Durant LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 10:24 AM Should College Football Playoff bow to ESPN & the NFL? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jan. 26 2015 04:00:45 PM CST Brian Montonati: Look who I ran into at the movies LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jan. 26 2015 01:02:41 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: LeBron mismatches lifted the Cavaliers LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jan. 26 2015 10:51:12 AM CST Oklahoma football: Josh Heupel landed on his feet LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jan. 25 2015 06:47:05 PM CST Why Kansas' dominance is a sign of Big 12 basketball's ill health LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 24 2015 05:16:07 PM CST 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 22 2015 07:25:02 PM CST A hockey dream that began in an OKC driveway comes true LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 21 2015 02:57:41 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters as a Thunder starter and DeflateGate LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:34:19 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jan. 20 2015 07:04:06 PM CST Who should Jerry Jones keep, DeMarco or Dez? The choice here is Dez. LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jan. 19 2015 10:25:05 AM CST Tramel: I'm not the only one Russell Westbrook doesn't like LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jan. 18 2015 05:19:34 PM CST Lance Stephenson should be the player the Thunder wants, not Brook Lopez LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 17 2015 06:39:48 PM CST Why former Oklahoma State, NFL player Terry Brown still loves and lives in his hometown of Marlow LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 17 2015 12:54:33 AM CST Thunder goes all-in on offense, which might be a start to turning around the season LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 04:19:44 PM CST NFL predictions: Pete Carroll proving the third time's a charm LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 02:57:10 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Is Mason Rudolph channeling Josh Fields? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 09:15:09 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: What exactly does Brook Lopez fix? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 15 2015 09:22:40 PM CST Willie Mays endorses Bill Greason for Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 15 2015 08:00:32 PM CST NFL Draft declarations: Why can't we make it easy for the athletes? LINK

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