Berry Tramel
Sports Columnist and Reporter

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.


  • 50 people who will define Super Bowl 50

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Columnist Berry Tramel takes a look at 50 people that should make you interested in Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    PURCELL — Time flies, Clifford Thrift figures. Better enjoy it while you can. So virtually every day, Thrift slips onto his right ring finger a big piece of gold, adorned with diamonds and the unmistakable squashed “C” of the Chicago Bears. But the linebacker from the iconic 1985 Bears doesn't wear his Super Bowl ring to show off. Thrift wears his Super Bowl ring because of the pride it still instills, because of the memories it still stirs. “For me, it's just a very, very strong sense of achievement,” Thrift said. “When I look at the Super Bowl ring, it's not just the fact that we won a Super Bowl, but I got to be part of something that literally made history.

  • Can Buddy Hield surpass Wayman Tisdale's records?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    I’ve got some bad news regarding Buddy Hield. He’s not going to become OU’s career scoring leader. Hield has climbed all the way to No. 7 on the all-time Sooner points list. Hield has 1,907 points. But he’s chasing Olympus. Wayman Tisdale scored 2,661 points career points, in three years no less. To catch Tisdale, Hield would need to average 47.1 points a game over 16 games. If you want to get optimistic and give Hield the maximum 18 games left — and I’m all for it — he would need to average 41.9 points a game. But still, just working your way into a conversation that includes Wayman is a monumental achievement. Hield has a good chance to finish second on the

  • Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings

    Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, John Helsley | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Oklahomans who have won Super Bowl rings share their stories with The Oklahoman.

  • Why did OU go so heavy after junior-college transfers?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

      The Sooners signed 19 players Wednesday. Four are junior-college transfers. That’s a high number for a school like OU, with such a small class overall. So is that a sign that OU has holes to fill, or is that a sign that the Sooner roster is locked and loaded and Bob Stoops thought just a little immediate-help could put the Sooners over the top? “Little of both,” Stoops said this week. “For instance, the (line)backer position, lose five of your top six.” The Sooners had four seniors, plus junior Dom Alexander somewhat unexpectedly declared for the NFL Draft. “In the end, that was a little bit different,” Stoops said.

  • Wade Phillips: A reason to cheer for the Broncos

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Jim Stanley became head football coach at Oklahoma State in 1973. He hired a defensive coordinator with a name you recognize: Bum Phillips. Phillips soon enough became head coach of the Houston Oilers, an iconic NFL personality and one of the most charming and down-to-Earth men ever associated with pro football. Bum Phillips needed a linebackers coach. So he hired the defensive coordinator from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas. It would be hard to get away with such nepotism today. A 25-year-old who was an excellent linebacker at the University of Houston under Bill Yeoman but whose college coaching experience included but a solitary season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. It turned out OK

  • Can Russell Westbrook average a triple double?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Russell Westbrook is playing out of his mind. Three straight triple doubles. The latest threatening a double triple double — Westbrook had 16 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists at halftime Wednesday night against Orlando. His seasonal averages now are 24.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 10.0 assists. And it raises a question. Could Westbrook somehow break into the hallowed ground of Oscar Robertson? Could Westbrook average a triple double in a single season? In this season? Well, he’s averaging a double double already. If Westbrook can average 10 assists a game over the final 31 games, he’s got two of the three covered. So it gets down to rebounds. Westbrook has 390 rebounds this season.

  • OSU basketball can't play without Jawun Evans

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Jawun Evans played 14 minutes in OSU’s overtime game at Texas Tech on Wednesday night. That’s 31.1 percent of the game. That’s no recipe for winning. And OSU didn’t. The Cowboys lost 63-61 on Devaughntah Williams’ driving basket with 0.5 seconds left. The Cowboys controlled most of the game. How they were even in the game is a mystery. No Big 12 team relies more on a player than does OSU on Jawun Evans. Team leader. Point guard. Top scorer. Heartbeat. If you had told me Evans would play only 62 percent of the game in Lubbock, I would have predicted a Tech blowout. And Evans played half of that. Evans suffered a shoulder injury in the first half. He left the game for

  • Why did OU have trouble recruiting in Texas?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Bob Stoops stood behind a fortress of hardware. Five Heisman trophies. Nine Big 12 championship trophies. A cool Fiesta Bowl trophy. A Sugar Bowl trophy. An Orange Bowl trophy. Maybe I’ve forgotten some others. It was hard to count. Like picking out individual flowers from a garden. Stoops conducted his Signing Day press conference as sequestered as the Pope on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, with only a little less pomp. The Vatican has a million good reasons why Papal interaction with the public is conducted that way. OU had one good reason why Stoops looked like he was on a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float. The Baylor Bears.

  • Tyler Brown puts Lexington football on the map

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Brown’s hometown gathered in Lexington High School’s commons area Wednesday to watch the boy mountain sign a football letter of intent with OSU. Lex’s first Division I scholarship in anyone’s memory.

  • Should Dion Waiters start in place of Andre Roberson?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Thunder got off to a rousing start Monday night against the Wizards. An early 28-13 lead. A 28-17 lead before Billy Donovan substituted. And throughout Loud City, the chorus was heard. Keep Dion Waiters in the starting lineup. Waiters makes a solid starter. A scoring threat. A solid defender. A two-way player, using that phrase that has taken the state by storm. Two-way players have supplanted high oil prices as the most coveted treasures in Oklahoma. But I have a question for all the people who want Waiters to start. Do you ever check the facts? Waiters has started four straight games since Andre Roberson suffered a sprained knee on Jan. 24 against Brooklyn. Waiters has started eight halves.

  • West Virginia emerges as OU's chief Big 12 threat

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Big 12 basketball race became a little clearer Tuesday night. West Virginia is a real contender. Iowa State is not. The Mountaineers beat the Cyclones 81-76 Tuesday night in Ames, West Virginia’s fourth conference road win. Instead of OU owning the Big 12 lead outright, the Mountaineers and Sooners are tied atop the league at 7-2. Baylor and Texas both are 6-3. Kansas is 5-3. Iowa State is 5-4. West Virginia has won at Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech. The Mountaineers lost at OU and at home to Texas. OU’s losses have both been on the road — Kansas and Iowa State. The Sooners have won at OSU and Baylor.

  • Does Kevin Durant want titles or a legacy?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The report came Tuesday that the Golden State Warriors could sign Kevin Durant, and it came from the last place you wanted to hear such news. Adrian Wojnarowski of a new website, The Vertical. Wojnarowski is the oracle of NBA news. Sometimes it appears he has confirmation on trades before the teams themselves. So when Wojnarowski says something, it has validity. This isn’t coming from an ESPN morning show. But while such news horrifies Thunder fans, it shouldn’t. Read the fine print. Heck, not even the fine print. Wojnarowski writes clearly. In his first and third paragraphs, he has elephant-sized qualifiers. If Durant leaves the Thunder… in the first graph.

  • Thunder schedule about to get much tougher

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    The Thunder is rolling; 37-13, a .740 winning percentage that ranks fourth in the NBA and is a 61-win pace. With Kevin Durant, the Thunder is 34-9, a 65-win pace. Sixty-five wins is a bunch of wins. But one ominous threat is ahead. The schedule. The Thunder has played the NBA’s easiest schedule. The Thunder has played 28 home games and 22 road games. After the Orlando game Wednesday night, that ratio will be 29/22. Golden State and Cleveland have each played 22 home games. The only teams with more than 25 home games are Houston (27), Brooklyn (27), San Antonio (26) and Memphis (26). You can apply the old NCAA’s RPI — Ratings Percentage Index — to NBA teams.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and the Super Bowl in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Kansas cornerbacks have led Broncos to Super Bowl 50

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    You might not remember, but once upon a time, Kansas had a football team. A real football team. Not that long ago, actually. The 2008 Jayhawks went 12-1 and beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Soon enough, Mark Mangino was fired, KU spiraled downward and now the Jayhawks have the worst program among the power five conferences. But there was a time, let me tell you, there was a time. How good was Kansas football in 2008? The Jayhawks had two all-star defensive backs. Two all-star defensive backs good enough to play NFL cornerback. Two NFL cornerbacks good enough to be teammates on the Denver Broncos and make Super Bowl 50. Denver and Carolina play Sunday, and the Bronco corners are Aqib Talib and

  • Did Jeff Hornacek make a mistake not taking the Iowa State job?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    I don't know if Jeff Hornacek was at the top of the Iowa State basketball coaching search list last summer. But if he was, Hornacek made a mistake. The Phoenix Suns fired Hornacek on Monday, in the wake of the Suns' 14-35 start that has Phoenix 13th in the 15-team Western Conference. Last june, when the Chicago Bulls hired away Fred Hoiberg from his alma mater, Iowa State, speculation centered on Hornacek as a likely candidate. Instead, Iowa State hired Murray State's Steve Prohm, and Prohm has done a solid job for the Cyclones so far. And truthfully, an NBA job trumps Iowa State. It did for Hoiberg. Why wouldn't it for Hornacek, who also played at Iowa State, his college career ending 30 years ago.

  • Bruce Pearl played the SEC pride card vs. OSU

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    About 5 p.m. Saturday, the Big 12 wasn’t looking so hot in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Each league had won three games, and OU trailed LSU at halftime. Plus there was little reason for optimism about the OSU-at-Auburn game Saturday night. Of course, the Big 12 finished strong. The Sooners won a rousing game in Baton Rouge. Baylor took care of Georgia in Waco. Kansas survived in overtime against Kentucky. And the Cowboys dominated Auburn. A 7-3 advantage for the Big 12. Which is solid. And no big deal for the Big 12, which has bigger fry to fish than SEC basketball. But it was a big deal for the SEC. Did you catch the OSU-Auburn telecast? At one point, ESPN showed Auburn coach Bruce Pearl’s pregame

  • Could Baker Mayfield transfer and get his fourth season elsewhere?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    If the school from which the player graduated signs off, the NCAA routinely allows transfers to transfer again. Heck, we’ve seen that happen twice in recent months involving OSU players.

  • High school basketball: 'Joke' turned Lindy Waters' life upside down

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Lindy Waters III, “Trey,” a senior basketball star at Norman North, in October was expelled from school for the rest of the academic year.




Berry Tramel Today at 11:36 AM 50 people who will define Super Bowl 50 https://t.co/BfcokL3xkw
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 06:43:31 PM CST Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing https://t.co/JHvdJieHQ0
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 05:37:58 PM CST Can Buddy Hield surpass Wayman Tisdale's records? https://t.co/u7xBdk9pDn
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 05:25:42 PM CST Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings https://t.co/4VmWsZSOVP
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 01:24:02 PM CST Why did OU go so heavy after junior-college transfers? https://t.co/5qQoeInlh1
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:56:58 AM CST Wade Phillips: A reason to cheer for the Broncos https://t.co/36sG9GViDf
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 09:14:33 PM CST Can Russell Westbrook average a triple double? https://t.co/3qUTqkA5tx
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 01:53:33 PM CST OSU basketball can't play without Jawun Evans https://t.co/8t5YoC1pqe
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 09:10:55 AM CST Why did OU have trouble recruiting in Texas? https://t.co/0qkAaoRxmC
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 07:51:38 PM CST Tyler Brown puts Lexington football on the map https://t.co/ggUbYk7z0y
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 01:00:42 PM CST West Virginia emerges as OU's chief Big 12 threat https://t.co/jUqutARMhO
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:03:51 AM CST Does Kevin Durant want titles or a legacy? https://t.co/Z9nG0FnHqA
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 02 2016 11:22:45 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel https://t.co/piIwlWSJ1A
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 02 2016 09:47:42 AM CST Kansas cornerbacks have led Broncos to Super Bowl 50 https://t.co/8YxWCf4cOj
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 05:31:03 PM CST NBA's Western Conference standings are sequestered https://t.co/kHzZ6HEIFM
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 02:08:49 PM CST Did Jeff Hornacek make a mistake not taking the Iowa State job? https://t.co/DoZqjD7FB8
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 10:34:50 AM CST Bruce Pearl played the SEC pride card vs. OSU https://t.co/GMMeSD8jMk
Berry Tramel Sun, Jan. 31 2016 08:30:32 PM CST Could Baker Mayfield transfer and get his fourth season elsewhere? https://t.co/AVry8CSA2E
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 30 2016 06:44:04 PM CST High school basketball: 'Joke' turned Lindy Waters' life upside down https://t.co/sEUiGB9x27
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 30 2016 06:44:03 PM CST Collected Wisdom: Hub Reed was one of Abe Lemons' first standout players at Oklahoma City University https://t.co/cXQaSimaec

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