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: 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:

  • San Antonio Travelblog: Buzzards & blizzards

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    I was a couple of weeks shy of my 37th birthday before I ever came to San Antonio, Texas. Now, it seems like I come all the time. Football games. Final Fours. Vacations. NBA playoffs. And I’m always reminded of what Eddie Sutton said years and years ago. San Antonio is one of America’s most unique cities. We drove down to San Antonio on Sunday. Six Oklahoman staffers, which is a little too many for a Ford Expedition. So we came in two cars. I came down with Jenni Carlson and photographer Sarah Phipps, in a rented GMC Terrain. And Sunday afternoon is a lovely time to drive to San Antone. You know that traffic snarl just north of downtown Fort Worth that’s always a monster? It’s minimal on

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka injury leaves a gap

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    The Thunder enters a brave new world Monday night against the Spurs. No Serge Ibaka

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Pro's pro Nick Collison delivers in the nick of time against Clippers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    That corner 3-pointer was Nick Collison’s only shot of the game. But he played solid defense on Blake Griffin. Didn’t let the Clipper beast rebound much. Helped the Thunder offense flow with a couple of nifty assists.

  • Thunder-Spurs roundtable: Who shoulders the most pressure because of the Serge Ibaka injury?

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Four questions for four writers, previewing the Western Conference showdown between the Thunder and Spurs.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Series matches the youthful Thunder vs. the savvy Spurs

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, May 17, 2014

    The Spurs are savvy and well-drilled and won’t wilt when things go wrong. They have a belief in a system that has stayed faithful for over 15 years, a millennial in the NBA. But the Thunder is younger and faster. And for two straight series, the Thunder’s young legs have worn down worthy foes.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A look back at the Thunder-Clippers series

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, May 17, 2014

    The Thunder-Clippers Western Conference semifinals didn’t have the late-game drama that punctuated the Thunder-Memphis series (four straight overtime games), but Thunder-Clippers had a plethora of personality subplots and intriguing battles.




Berry Tramel Thu, Oct. 23 2014 07:07:19 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Oklahoman writers examine some storylines for upcoming season LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Oct. 23 2014 06:32:22 PM CST West Virginia has a genuine love for the Big 12 LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Oct. 23 2014 04:39:18 PM CST Pride of Oklahoma: OU sufficiently embarrassed to do something LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:54:26 PM CST College football picks: West Virginia can win the Big 12 LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Oct. 23 2014 10:23:23 AM CST Berry Tramel's NFL picks: DeMarco Murray has a long way to go LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Oct. 23 2014 02:09:45 AM CST Oklahoma State notebook: Cowboy defensive backs will be under fire LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Oct. 22 2014 05:04:57 PM CST OKC Thunder: Start the NBA regular season earlier LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Oct. 22 2014 09:58:47 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Oct. 22 2014 09:38:17 AM CST Oklahoma football: Did Josh Heupel make the right calls? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 05:22:01 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Cowboys can breathe a sigh of relief LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:11:44 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Another test for Cowboy defensive backs LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 02:14:58 PM CST Oklahoma State football: SI saga finally over LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 10:50:53 AM CST OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded' LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:05:05 AM CST Bowl bets: OU in Alamo, OSU in Liberty LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 09:26:38 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ineffective in obvious passing downs LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 02:24:39 PM CST Fort Worth travelblog: Finding Aunt Velma's house LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 09:12:02 AM CST How the college football committee should think: Florida State No. 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 08:16:31 PM CST Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 03:10:45 PM CST Big 12 rankings: TCU returns to No. 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 12:53:31 AM CST Collected wisdom: Jim Traber says 'when I explode on callers it's good radio' LINK