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.


  • Thunder-Spurs: The truth may hurt, but the better team won

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The Western Conference Finals proved the Thunder is a good team that can be great, but the Spurs are better and showed it in their 112-107 overtime victory in Game 6.

  • Thunder-Spurs: Oklahoma City's final grades reflect Spurs' second-chance dominance in Game 6

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    REPORT CARD — San Antonio’s second-chance points and ability to exploit OKC’s switching strategy spoiled an otherwise strong defensive game.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Kawhi Leonard tasked with Russell Westbrook assignment

    By Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    The maneuver worked to some degree, in this way. Westbrook got up just 12 shots in 30:48 of playing time, though he still played well — 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting, seven assists, three steals, four rebounds.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What is Scott Brooks' next move in this game of chess?

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    These Western Conference Finals so far are known not just for runaway victories by the home team in all five games but lineup changes by coaches who like to downplay their import.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Berry Tramel's Game 5 observations

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    Ouch. Another game of the Western Conference Finals, another blowout. The Spurs solved the Serge Ibaka riddle and routed the Thunder 117-89 Thursday night in Game 5. Here’s what I saw and heard: FALSE START Remember when the Thunder habitually got off to horrendous starts? That’s not been the problem in this series. OKC got […]

  • OKC Thunder: Spurs take the terror out of Sergezilla

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    Gone is the momentum from Ibaka’s unlikely return in this series to swat shots and scare the Spurs. Back is the doubt of what the Thunder can do on defense, after getting torched by the Spurs and befuddled by Gregg Popovich’s adjustments.

  • Thunder-Spurs Report Card: Thunder defense, bench can't keep up in Game 5

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    The Spurs outscored the Thunder 85-57 over the final three quarters to post a 117-89 blowout in Game 5 Thursday night, and the grades reflect such domination.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 5

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Can the Thunder take the Western Conference Finals lead for the first time against the San Antonio Spurs? Follow our live coverage with the NewsOK Sports team and more.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson expected to play in Game 5

    By Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    With Serge Ibaka back from his strained calf, it was only a matter of time before another injury popped up in this trying Thunder season, which has felt like whack-a-mole from a health perspective. Recently appointed starting shooting guard Reggie Jackson went down with a sprained right ankle in the first quarter Tuesday night, asking out of the game and hobbling to the locker room. He returned at the beginning of the second quarter and started the second half, jogging with a limp that seemed to limit him. But in the postgame locker room, he said he’d be good to go moving forward. And at practice Wednesday, coach Scott Brooks backed up that sentiment. “I spoke with him,” Brooks said. “He's feeling pretty good.

  • OKC Thunder: Comparing Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook have followed similar developmental paths to stardom as NBA point guards: PRE-NBA •Parker: European gold medal winner with French under-18 national team; 2000 MVP. •Westbrook: Role player on UCLA Final Four teams, 2007 and 2008, with Darren Collison at point guard. DRAFT •Parker: Not projected as a first-round pick, went 28th overall to the Spurs. •Westbrook: Projected as the No. 6 overall pick, went No. 4 to the Thunder. ROOKIE YEAR •Parker: Backup for four games, then took over starting point guard role. Assist/turnover ratio of 4.3:2.0. •Westbrook: Backup for 17 games, then took over starting point guard role. Assist/turnover ratio of

  • OKC Thunder: Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook are two of a kind

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Both point guards in the Western Conference Finals worked hard to become the stars and leaders that they are today.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook's epic and more Game 4 observations

    berry tramel | Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    One of my favorite things about the Thunder is the allegiance it invokes. Especially among older women. I hear from them all the time. Like my 81-year-old mom. She told me Wednesday morning, “I’ve never seen anyone play like Westbrook played. He played like he was on roller skates.” I couldn’t disagree. And a reader from the 918 area code called to tell me of a Damon Runyan quote. Runyan was the journalist of about a century ago, a New Yorker who wrote sports and lifestyle and all kinds of stuff. This was in reference to my column that said the Thunder (“bigger, stronger, faster”) was trumping the Spurs’ experience.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Ranking the Durant-Westbrook postseason performances

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Here’s a mission, if you decide to accept it. Find a playoff game when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have played better collectively than what we saw Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. The Thunder routed the Spurs 105-92 – OKC led by 27 midway through the third quarter. Durant was fantastic. Westbrook was better. Durant made 11 of 22 shots and had 31 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Westbrook made 12 of 24 shots, 14 of 14 foul shots, and had 40 points, five rebounds, 10 assists and five steals. That’s a combined 23 of 46 shooting for 71 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists and eight steals. “It’s just fun to

  • Thunder-Spurs: Why it's beginning to feel like 2012 all over again

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The Western Conference Finals heads back to San Antonio tied 2-2, just like it was in 2012. And suddenly, after Russell Westbrook’s dominant Game 4 performance, the possibility of a similiar outcome is anything but crazy.

  • Thunder-Spurs Report Card: Defensive intensity earns OKC high marks

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    What a performance. The Thunder dominated most of the game and won by blowout for the second straight time. And the grades reflect such a showing.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 4

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Can the Thunder even the Western Conference Finals at 2-2 with the San Antonio Spurs? Follow our live coverage of Game 4 with the NewsOK Sports team and more.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What jersey numbers will be retired?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Hanging from the rafters in San Antonio’s AT&T Center are seven retired numbers. 13: James Silas 1973-81 44: George Gervin 1974-85 00: Johnny Moore 1980-90 50: David Robinson 1989-03 32: Sean Elliott 1989-01 6: Avery Johnson 1991-01 12: Bruce Bowen, 2001-09 An interesting list. Very interesting from a Thunder perspective, since Sam Presti cultivated many […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Lineup changes not exclusive to Scott Brooks

    berry tramel | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Scotty Brooks twice has changed his lineup this postseason, which I wrote about for the Tuesday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. Few teams have had the starting lineup consistency that the Thunder had – from March 2011 through April 2014, Brooks never made a lineup change other than dictated by injury. But most […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Berry Tramel will be on the Power Lunch chat live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Join the conversation and get in your best questions and comments.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks' job as coach is making some hard decisions

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 26, 2014

    Time was, the Thunder starting five was an Oklahoma City institution. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha were more venerable than the B.C. Clark Christmas jingle. More dependable than Arts Festival rain. You’d sooner find sushi at Cattleman’s than one of those five on the bench. But sometimes, things must change.




Berry Tramel Today at 9:23 AM Italy travelblog: Arrivederci, Roma LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 08 2014 09:14:07 AM CST Italy travelblog: Touring OU's monastery LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:36:29 AM CST Italy travelblog: Cooking under the Tuscan sun LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 06 2014 11:38:37 AM CST Italy travelblog: Antiques in antiquity LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jul. 05 2014 12:40:20 PM CST Italy travelblog: 4th of July in the ancient city of Arezzo LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 04 2014 05:45:51 PM CST Italy travelblog: We interrupt this trip to drive a Ferrari LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 03 2014 09:58:18 AM CST Italy travelblog: A gondola ride ends a day without wheels LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 02 2014 09:13:25 AM CST Italy travelblog: 34 years late, we make it to Venice LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 01 2014 07:29:09 PM CST Oklahoma football: Sooners reach a compromise on uniforms LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 01 2014 09:26:26 AM CST Italy travelblog: St. Peter's trumps the Sistene Chapel LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 30 2014 09:02:52 AM CST Italy travelblog: The Colosseum takes you back in time LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jun. 29 2014 09:06:03 AM CST Italy Travelblog: Lots of history, but where are the bathrooms? LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jun. 28 2014 09:16:19 AM CST Italy travelblog: Spanish Steps & the Gelato Nazi LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jun. 27 2014 05:10:32 AM CST Italy travelblog: Surviving a nine-hour flight LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jun. 26 2014 11:32:09 AM CST Guess who's going to Italy? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jun. 26 2014 09:36:44 AM CST Oklahoma football: Memories of a falling pressbox LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jun. 25 2014 10:12:20 AM CST Sam Presti: How far above the norm are the Thunder drafts? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 24 2014 04:34:28 PM CST OU football: Details for proposed renovations to Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 24 2014 04:34:28 PM CST OU football: Luxury suites, new weight room, fan amenities included in stadium renovation proposal LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 24 2014 01:16:10 PM CST Why not soccer? A fan's question and my rebuttal LINK