Berry Tramel
Sports 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.

  • OKC Thunder: Start the NBA regular season earlier

    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 […]

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

    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.

  • Not much has changed with the Thunder, and that's a good thing

    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.

  • Kevin Durant injury: Stop Googling 'Jones fracture'; Start thinking Jones, Perry

    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.

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

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Anthony Morrow impressed with competitiveness, stability of organization

    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

  • Sooners play Scotty Brooks' old school

    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 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Could Derek Jeter's legacy be Kevin Durant's?

    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.

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

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson can be a star as a sixth man

    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 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks calls Russell Westbrook the best point guard in basketball — and Westbrook agrees

    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.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Who should start at center and shooting guard?

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Reggie Jackson won't take Thabo Sefolosha's place in the starting lineup

    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.

Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 02 2015 10:42:53 AM CST Thunder starting lineup in a constant state of flux LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 02 2015 09:40:00 AM CST OU basketball in great shape for Omaha LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 01 2015 08:40:29 PM CST This Thunder season has gone from cursed to crazy LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 07:27:53 PM CST Evidence says name brand programs will get the selection committee's nod every time LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 04:17:19 PM CST NBA pulls back the veil more on officiating LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:43:57 PM CST Thunder in trouble if it can't defend the pick-and-roll LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 09:35:23 AM CST Can schools police students who rush the court? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 06:17:00 PM CST College basketball: Student attendance might suffer, but the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby is right about getting behav... LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 04:47:08 PM CST Oklahoma football: Stories about Doc Hearon LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 12:58:41 PM CST Daniel Orton: Fired for telling the truth LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 09:50:00 AM CST Watch out Spurs, here comes the Thunder LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 25 2015 06:09:10 PM CST Reggie Jackson: No reason to not wish him well LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 25 2015 02:50:21 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: On court storming, college basketball's big problem and Dez Bryant LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 25 2015 09:57:31 AM CST Oklahoma City: A night in Loud City LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 25 2015 09:57:31 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 24 2015 03:34:02 PM CST Does Serge Ibaka play better without Durant or without Westbrook? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 24 2015 12:37:04 PM CST Anniversaries: Bobby Knight's chair-throwing & Miracle on Ice LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 24 2015 09:32:41 AM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooners control own destiny LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 23 2015 09:15:43 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Early returns impressive on newcomers LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Feb. 22 2015 09:27:53 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: This newest version of the Thunder looks pretty darn good LINK