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.


  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Hasheem Thabeet

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabeet.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Looking back on Derek Fisher's Thunder tenure

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Derek Fisher.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Berry Tramel will be chatting live from H&H Shooting Sports today at 10:30 a.m. talking Thunder offseason, Super Regionals and the lead-up to college football. Questions? Join the conversation.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC can't just wait for the new Jordan, basketball's Belichick to capitulate

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    One of these days/decades, the teams who open the NBA Finals on Thursday in San Antonio will eventually step aside. The better bet for OKC is to get better and quick.

  • Thabo Sefolosha will likely play elsewhere next season

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The wounds are fresh. The stings still sore. Sometimes, you learn stuff. Here are 10 things I learned about your favorite squad.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Bench not the problem

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The Thunder bench scored five points in Game 6 against the Spurs. All by Derek Fisher. That’s an absurd total. But completely explainable. Let’s see. Take your top scorer off the bench, place him in the starting lineup and don’t even play the guy who was demoted. Then play your starters more minutes. A lot […]

  • 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




Berry Tramel Today at 9:30 AM Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 8:57 AM Father of a disciplined Sooner thanks Bob Stoops LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 30 2014 12:44:54 PM CST Hail to OSU for renewed Tulsa series LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:49:30 PM CST Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon's fate rests in hands of two men — district attorney Greg Mashburn and coach Bob Stoops LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 05:21:21 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Good news from academics LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 03:35:20 PM CST LA swap: Lakers, not Clippers, suddenly have ownership problem LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 12:45:00 PM CST LA swap: Lakers, not Clipppers, suddenly have ownership problem LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 09:09:13 AM CST How OU did NOT fail Joe Mixon LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 11:42:14 PM CST College football: Trevor Knight took advantage of big stage, J.W. Walsh could do the same LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 04:08:59 PM CST NBA All-Star Game: Extending break not a bad idea LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 02:25:43 PM CST Did OU fail Joe Mixon? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 09:38:00 AM CST Byron Scott's bad timing continues LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 27 2014 05:24:40 PM CST Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 27 2014 12:35:34 AM CST Oklahoma football: Destroying the 'wrong place at the wrong time' myth LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 04:05:47 PM CST Big 12 football: Baylor goes from hunter to hunted LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 09:41:00 AM CST College Football Playoff: This exercise will help you understand LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:07:10 PM CST Mack Brown and his downhome charm was missed at Big 12 Media Days LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 06:02:51 PM CST Oklahoma football: Stoops delights Jerry Montgomery LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 10:42:42 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 08:48:50 AM CST Oklahoma State football: Van Malone challenges his cornerbacks LINK