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.


  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 3

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Serge Ibaka is back in the starting lineup as the Thunder looks to get back into the Western Conference Finals tonight in Oklahoma City. Follow our live coverage from pregame to postgame with the NewsOK Sports team and more.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka injury shows that OKC's top-heavy roster leaves it vulnerable

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Rare talent elevates NBA teams. That’s the way most NBA champs are built. It’s a tried and true method, but it’s fragile.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Spurs were right to be paranoid

    berry tramel | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    We owe the San Antonio Spurs an apology. Before the series started, and the Thunder announced that Serge Ibaka would not play due to his strained calf, the Spurs responded with skepticism. A believe-it-when-we-see-it attitude. And sure enough, Ibaka didn’t even make the trip to San Antonio. The Spurs looked paranoid. But now comes word from Thunder headquarters that Ibaka is listed as “day-to-day” and could play in this series. Day-to-day sounds awfully promising considering Game 3 still was 56 hours from tipoff when the press release was issued. Sounds very much like a preemptive volley to prepare for the news that Ibaka indeed will play Sunday night or Tuesday night. The Thunder has been fairly

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Spurs prove it's hard to win in West

    berry tramel | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The 2013 NBA Finals still haunt San Antonio Spur fans and anti-Miami Heat fans. The Spurs had the Heat beat in Game 6, with a 3-2 series lead. Then Kawhi Leonard missed what could have been a clinching foul shot, the Spurs twice failed to corral what would have been a clinching rebound and Ray Allen hit a corner 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. Miami won Game 6, then won Game 7, and the Spurs’ title quest continues. But does that disappointment still haunt the Spurs themselves? Manu Ginobili was asked that very question. “Now it’s in the back of my mind because you said it,” Ginobili said.

  • Spurs' 'terrific trio' withstands the test of time

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    They’re together still. The ageless Spurs. Duncan, Parker, Ginobili. Twelve NBA seasons together. Three NBA championships. An NBA-record 111 playoff victories together as a trio.

  • San Antonio Travelblog: Hey, I remember the Alamo

    berry tramel | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    Finally made it to the Alamo. We walked over on Wednesday night and toured the Texas shrine. I hadn’t been in, heck, I don’t know, 10-12 years. And it’s better than I remember it. The Alamo is actually a Texas history lesson, of Texas independence from Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico tangos and Texas settlement and Santa Anna, the Mexican general/president who lived a most extraordinary life. You learn a ton about much more than just Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett and William Travis. Of course, you learn about those heroes, too, who have been memorialized by the Alamo in a manner reserved for few. The state of Texas reacquired the Alamo in 1905 and set about the business of making it a shrine. Mission

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Obsevations and shocking numbers from Game 2

    berry tramel | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    Two games in San Antonio. Two routs. One sort of interesting. The other a total blowout. An embarrassing blowout. A question-everything-you-do blowout. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals was a 112-77 Spurs’ rout. Here’s what I saw and heard:   ATTACKING THE BASKET Russell Westbrook got to the basket with some regularity. Kevin Durant did not. Westbrook two 24 shots and didn’t go to the foul line. Westbrook went 1-of-5 from 3-point range, 2-of-9 on mid-range jumpers (although one was a 10-foot fallaway that was a hideous shot) and 4-of-10 on shots taken from right at the basket. That’s not a terrible ratio in terms of shot selection. Ten shots on layups or drives is

  • Thunder-Spurs: This 0-2 hole feels nothing like the one OKC faced in 2012

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The Thunder comes home trailing 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals, which might prompt some to say ‘been there, done that.’ But Oklahoma City has never been beaten like this before

  • Thunder-Spurs Report Card: Bench outperforms starters in OKC's Game 2 loss

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    A 112-77 loss. A fourth quarter that was nothing more than a junior varsity game. This was among the worst and most embarrassing defeats in Thunder history. And the grades reflect it.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 2

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder looks to even the Western Conference Finals at 1-1 against the San Antonio Spurs tonight at 8 p.m. Follow our live coverage with the NewsOK Sports team and more.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: ESPN's Hubie Brown praises OKC's bold moves, team leaders

    berry tramel | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    ESPN analyst Hubie Brown, 80, is a two-time NBA coach of the year, 26 years apart: 1978 with the Hawks, 2004 with the Grizzlies. Brown is calling the Thunder-Spurs series for ESPN Radio.

  • San Antonio Travelblog: The Alamo at night

    berry tramel | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Still haven’t been to the Alamo, but I’ve walked past it at night. And it’s fabulous at night. The Alamo closes at 5:30 p.m. each day but is warmly lit at night. It’s not a massive building, as most of you know. The size of a very small church, with a wall around the grounds. Trees, some of them palm trees, line the shrine. It’s a great scene, which is why you see so many television stations doing live shots with the Alamo in the background. I still hope to get to the Alamo for a visit, but the day was packed Tuesday. I slept as late as possible – not all that late – got some work done, rode the stationary bike and headed out to the Spurs’ press availability with

  • Spurs-Thunder: 'Old Man Riverwalk' keeps rolling along

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Tim Duncan remains a preeminent player on the NBA’s best team in the regular season and what’s looking like the best team in the playoffs, too. But the Spurs’ star knows the sun has started to set.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Kevin Durant 'embodies what this league is all about'

    By Jenni Carlson, Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Speaking before the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, commissioner Adam Silver was peppered with some Donald Sterling questions. But in maintaining his stern approach toward the disgraced Clippers owner, Silver also paid Thunder star Kevin Durant a supreme compliment. “Kevin Durant, as our Most Valuable Player, embodies what this league is all about,” Silver said. “Mr. Sterling doesn’t." FREE-THROW ADVANTAGE One of the few areas where the Thunder had the advantage over the Spurs in Game 1 was the free-throw line. Oklahoma City got to the line more, shooting 23 free throws to San Antonio’s 17. The Thunder also shot a better percentage, 82.6 percent to the Spurs’ 76.5. “We’ve got to

  • San Antonio Travelblog: Where’s the Alamo?

    berry tramel | Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    We’re staying one block from the Alamo. I didn’t make it over there Monday. I love the Alamo. Love the history and the reverence and the story. I think it’s one of the coolest things about San Antonio. Or any other city. The Alamo is San Antone’s Liberty Bell. San Antone’s Old North Church. I need to get over there. But our days are packed. And getting to practice is not easy in San Antonio. Traffic is fine. This isn’t Los Angeles. But the Thunder is practicing out at Texas Military Institute’s campus in far north San Antonio. Takes about 30 minutes to get out there. Thirty minutes there, 30 minutes back, about an hour while we’re there.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What would Abe Lemons do?

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Greg Davis is a retired Army colonel who grew up in Oklahoma City, living next door to loquacious Oklahoma City University coach Abe Lemons. Greg became a big OU fan, now lives in Florida and also has adopted the Thunder as a team for his passion.

  • Game 1 waters were rough without Serge Ibaka

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Ibaka is missing from the Western Conference Finals, courtesy of a strained calf injury, and the Thunder discovered what life is like without their shot-blocking ace. Rough. Very rough.

  • Thunder-Spurs Report Card: Grading OKC's 122-105 loss in Game 1

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 19, 2014

    REPORT CARD — The Thunder’s defense wasn’t the only thing that merit low grades in this Western Conference Finals opener.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 1

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs meet again in the Western Conference Finals. Follow our live coverage with the NewsOK Sports team and more.

  • Berry Tramel chat: Previewing Thunder-Spurs Game 1

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    Berry Tramel answered your questions live from San Antonio on the Power Lunch chat sponsored by H&H Shooting Sports. Here's the full transcript:




Berry Tramel Today at 9:28 AM West Virginia travelblog: The Emerald City of Pittsburgh LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Sep. 16 2014 05:23:00 PM CST Adrian Peterson: Apologies have been replaced by apologists LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Sep. 16 2014 04:37:19 PM CST Big 12 mediocre against other power conferences LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Sep. 16 2014 12:41:46 PM CST Oklahoma football: OU, Tennessee mutual admiration society LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Sep. 16 2014 09:17:51 AM CST Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph should be redshirted LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Sep. 15 2014 03:32:18 PM CST Oklahoma football: Are the Sooners ready for West Virginia's wild fans? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Sep. 15 2014 10:12:45 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Sep. 15 2014 09:34:41 AM CST Thinking like the committee: Texas A&M No. 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Sep. 14 2014 08:33:49 PM CST Oklahoma football: A reputation can change quickly, and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's certainly has LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Sep. 14 2014 03:45:04 PM CST Big 12 rankings: Texas Tech falls to ninth LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Sep. 14 2014 12:47:18 AM CST OU football: Sterling Shepard, Keith Ford running up impressive streaks for Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Sep. 14 2014 12:47:18 AM CST OU football report card: Sooners' grades reflect workmanlike victory over Tennessee LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Sep. 14 2014 12:12:53 AM CST Oklahoma football: Sooners roll Tennessee 34-10 to close out first quarter of season strong LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Sep. 13 2014 04:41:00 PM CST Live Coverage: OU vs. Tennessee LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Sep. 12 2014 08:00:47 PM CST Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is just playing politics LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Sep. 12 2014 06:44:24 PM CST Georgia-South Carolina could be a matchup up the nation's top tailbacks LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Sep. 12 2014 06:04:58 PM CST Why Missouri should watch out for Central Florida LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Sep. 12 2014 06:04:58 PM CST After near-upset, Nebraska's Bo Pelini on the hot seat once again LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Sep. 12 2014 06:04:58 PM CST College football: Ranking this week's games (the non-Big 12 edition) LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Sep. 12 2014 05:28:08 PM CST Big 12 football: Go with West Virginia over Maryland in an upset special LINK