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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
By Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014
“That’s how I feel,” Westbrook said. “I don’t know what to tell you. I felt like that since I got in the league. That’s my mindset. As a rookie, I come in and I felt like I’m the best player on the floor. That’s the way I played since college. Just how I think.”
From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Four questions for four writers, previewing the start of another Thunder season with camp set to begin early next week.
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Sam Presti met with the media a few days ago to launch Thunder training camp. And like always, Presti provided more clues than answers. So we don’t really know who will start in Thabo Sefolosha’s stead. We just know who won’t. Reggie Jackson.