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.


  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Jackson, Gibson favorites for Sixth Man of the Year

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff makes its predictions for the NBA season, including Finals picks, coaches on the hot seat, Most Valuable Player, team on the decline and more

  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Serge Ibaka dominates Defensive POTY picks

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff makes predictions for the NBA season, including Finals picks, coaches on the hot seat and team on the rise.

  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Coach of the Year

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff makes predictions for the NBA season, including Finals picks, coaches on the hot seat and team on the decline.

  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Jabari Parker is Rookie of the Year

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff makes predictions for the NBA season, including Finals picks, coaches on the hot seat and team on the decline.

  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Anthony, Harden, Durant among scoring leaders

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff makes predictions for the NBA season, including Finals picks, coaches on the hot seat and team on the decline.

  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Most Valuable Player

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff makes predictions for the NBA season, including Finals picks, coaches on the hot seat and team on the decline.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: When is a player's prime?

    Berry tramel | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    THUNDER PREVIEW — The Thunder generally considers a prime to stretch from ages 24 to 29. Conventional wisdom places an NBA prime at 27-28. But economists Dave Berri and Martin Schmidt found a player’s prime to be a little earlier. “Players have a u-shaped curve in the NBA,” wagesofwin.com wrote in citing the research. “They get better as they reach their 25th birthday. They peak around 25-26. After that they slowly decline as they approach 30 and after 32 they rapidly decline.” Berri and Schmidt wrote about age and the NBA in their book “Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports.

  • Before the Thunder can win anything, it has to find enough healthy players to take the basketball court

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    The Thunder season opens Wednesday night out West, and high expectations have taken a pit stop. The Thunder’s early-season goals (mesh the new guys, move the ball, soothe the transition of Steven Adams replacing Kendrick Perkins) and our early-season goals (win every game and look good doing it) have been replaced by a common mission. Find enough healthy bodies to take the court for the opening tip in Portland.

  • Time for the OKC Thunder to go from precocious to ferocious

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    THUNDER PREVIEW — Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are no longer ahead of their time. Their time is now.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Oklahoman writers examine some storylines for upcoming season

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Four questions for four writers, examining some Thunder storylines entering the upcoming season. 1. __________ needs to step up most in Durant's absence? Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) – Reggie Jackson. All eyes will be on Russell Westbrook. But we know what the Thunder will get from him. And we also know he can't do it alone. He'll need as much help as he can get. But the guy who has to help him most is the next most talented offensive player, and that is now Jackson. Anthony Slater (beat writer) – Agreed. Gotta be Jackson. Westbrook already does so much for this team. Can’t really expect his numbers to take that much of a bump. Same with Serge Ibaka. They are secure in their roles. But Jackson should suddenly

  • OKC Thunder: Start the NBA regular season earlier

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Last week, I blogged about how the NBA exhibition season was too long. You can read that blog here. Lo and behold, it became a talking point Tuesday night, when the Thunder hosted the Grizzlies in OKC’s preseason finale. Russell Westbrook said the preseason absolutely is too long. Scotty Brooks said it’s about right, as […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Berry Tramel is answering your questions from H&H Shooting Sports on the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in on the Sooners, Cowboys, Thunder and more.

  • Not much has changed with the Thunder, and that's a good thing

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    The Thunder is a bastion of stability. Continuity is a Thunder calling card. “Continuity has become a lost currency,” says Thunder general manager Sam Presti.

  • Kevin Durant injury: Stop Googling 'Jones fracture'; Start thinking Jones, Perry

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    No reason to let Durant’s injury ruin your Sunday morning or your October or your every day between now and Christmas. Durant’s going to sit for awhile no matter what your attitude is, so your attitude might as well be good.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Anthony Morrow impressed with competitiveness, stability of organization

    By Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    In just his seventh year, Anthony Morrow has already been a part of six NBA organizations. So with plenty of examples to compare it against, Morrow said he has been extremely impressed with the Thunder through one week. “A1 all the way from top to bottom,” Morrow said of the Thunder’s operation. “Guys coming in, working hard, no egos, pushing each other every day, competing. Probably the best training camp I’ve been in.” The reason, Morrow believes, stems from stability. Unlike many of the other teams Morrow has been with, OKC’s core has been together for a long time. And it shows. “The only other team I’ve maybe been on (that was close) was Dallas (in 2012-13),” Morrow said. “But that core had

  • Sooners play Scotty Brooks' old school

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Scotty Brooks’ old school plays OU in football on Saturday. And no, the Sooners aren’t playing Cal-Irvine. Brooks, from the Northern California town of Lathrop, went away to college. He played a season of basketball at Texas Christian University, 1983-84. Got homesick and went back to California, to Irvine. But Brooks talks well of his […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Could Derek Jeter's legacy be Kevin Durant's?

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Derek Jeter was hailed for his class and his character and his consistency. Hmm. Sound like any other superstar you know? Kevin Durant would rank with Jeter in the holy of holies among American superstars.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson can be a star as a sixth man

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    I like Reggie Jackson. Like him a lot. I think he’s a real person. Doesn’t put on a front. Says what’s on his mind, and what’s on his mind isn’t outrageous. Jackson seems incredibly grounded. But Jackson is all mixed up on this starter/bench issue. To catch you up, Jackson said Monday what he said […]




Berry Tramel Today at 12:19 AM How would the BCS rank teams in the 2014 season? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 26 2014 05:26:03 PM CST Big 12 upset special: Texas over TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 26 2014 05:26:02 PM CST Big 12 pregame: Baylor faces Texas Tech in Arlington, Texas LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 26 2014 05:26:02 PM CST Ranking the Big 12 football games this week LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 26 2014 09:42:21 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 26 2014 09:10:11 AM CST Oklahoma football: Why did Samaje Perine get just five carries vs. Baylor? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 08:32:33 PM CST Deer Creek's Wyatt Bradbury receives special honor LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 07:58:31 PM CST Race is on for College Football Playoff's fourth seed LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:06:54 PM CST Deer Creek runner an example of what a teammate should be LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:31:07 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones injury a hidden curse LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 09:40:47 AM CST Big 12 efficiency ratings: Sooner defense finally rising LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 24 2014 03:41:57 PM CST Oklahoma football: Will Samaje Perine be first string? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 24 2014 02:35:18 PM CST OU football: Former Sooner running back Waymon Clark dies at age 61 LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 24 2014 12:53:46 PM CST Waco travelblog: Baylor's McLane Stadium a jewel on the Brazos LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 24 2014 09:42:36 AM CST How the College Football Playoff should think: TCU over Mississippi State LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 23 2014 11:32:21 PM CST Thunder needs more out of Scott Brooks LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 23 2014 11:16:57 AM CST Big 12 rankings: Baylor won't pass TCU this week LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 23 2014 12:05:08 AM CST OSU football: In Mason Rudolph, Cowboys seem to have found their quarterback of the future LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Nov. 22 2014 11:30:31 PM CST OSU football notebook: Return of Zach Crabtree helps out Cowboys' offensive line LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Nov. 22 2014 11:30:31 PM CST OSU football: Mason Rudolph holds his own against Baylor veteran Bryce Petty LINK