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 State notebook: Cowboy defensive backs will be under fire

    By John Helsley and Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    West Virginia sports Kevin White, who might be the best offensive player in the Big 12, and Mario Alford. White has 69 catches for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns. Alford has 38 catches for 464 yards and five TDs.

  • 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 […]

  • Oklahoma football: Did Josh Heupel make the right calls?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 16 hr ago

    OU’s offense came to the line of scrimmage with less than four minutes left in the TCU game, facing 3rd-and-2 at the Horned Frog 23-yard line. The Sooners trailed 37-33. Quarterback Trevor Knight tried to run outside and was pulled down for just a one-yard gain. On 4th-and-1, OU ran tailback Samaje Perine up the […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: 17 hr ago

    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.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys can breathe a sigh of relief

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    COMMENTARY — With an outside investigator and the NCAA teaming up to check out the charges in Sports Illustrated’s series, the news that the allegations were “fundamentally unfounded” is good for OSU.

  • Oklahoma State football: Another test for Cowboy defensive backs

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    We interrupt the celebration over the NCAA statement concerning OSU and Sports Illustrated to return focus to the ballgame on Saturday. The Cowboys host West Virginia and need a victory to get back on track. And OSU’s defensive backs will be under the gun. The Cowboys got burned in Fort Worth last Saturday, with quarterback […]

  • Oklahoma State football: SI saga finally over

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Sports Illustrated report on OSU seemed fishy from the first. Calvin Mickens talked of getting paid hundreds of dollars from boosters in the locker room after a 62-23 loss at Texas A&M. Didn’t pass the smell test. Boosters don’t want to be in the locker room after a 39-point defeat, and boosters aren’t in […]

  • Bowl bets: OU in Alamo, OSU in Liberty

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Don’t make any bowl reservations yet. But here’s an early tip for OU and OSU fans. The Alamo Bowl and the Liberty Bowl are good bets. The Sooners in San Antonio. The Cowboys in Memphis. Our man Jason Kersey wrote about OU’s bowl possibilities in the Tuesday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. But […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ineffective in obvious passing downs

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    In Fort Worth on Saturday, Oklahoma State’s offense faced 19 obvious passing downs. And called a pass play only 12 times. Think about that. One of the nation’s most prominent passing schools, an offense that has had trouble running the ball all season, would just as soon take its chances on a likely-futile running play […]

  • Fort Worth travelblog: Finding Aunt Velma's house

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    I went to Fort Worth over the weekend. Second time in three weeks. Third straight weekend in the Metroplex. Fourth time in the Metroplex in eight college Saturdays this season. I assume I won’t be back, though you never know. The Cotton Bowl (Arlington) and the Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth) are possibilities, though the […]

  • How the college football committee should think: Florida State No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The AP poll has four SEC teams in its top five. I know, sounds crazy in a season when the SEC might not have even a dominant team. But is any team in any conference dominant? I’ve got Florida State No. 1 in my rankings, based purely on resume’s and thus how the committee should […]

  • Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahomans have been relegated to the bystanders in the first four-team playoff. So here’s a somewhat neutral eye on where things stand

  • Big 12 rankings: TCU returns to No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Time for the weekly Big 12 rankings, based on resumes, not standings. And TCU has returned to the top. The Frogs routed OSU 42-9 in Fort Worth, right after Kansas State upset OU 31-30 and West Virginia bounced Baylor 41-27. Why TCU over K-State? Both are 5-1. But the Frogs’ victories are slightly more impressive […]

  • Collected wisdom: Jim Traber says 'when I explode on callers it's good radio'

    Interviewed by Berry Tramel, btramel@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Jim Traber grew up in Columbia, Md., a three-sport star, and signed to play football and baseball at Oklahoma State. He started a few games at quarterback as a freshman in 1980 but soon devoted all his attention to baseball and became a star on Gary Ward’s first two College World Series teams. The hometown Orioles took Traber in the 21st round of the 1982 baseball draft, and Traber eventually played parts of four seasons with the Orioles. He entered the Oklahoma sports radio business in 1992 and now daily hosts the state’s top-rated show, The Afternoon Sports Beat, on WWLS-FM 98.1. The No. 1 reason I’m successful in radio, I give opinions and I don’t care if it’s a negative opinion or positive opinion about whoever I’m

  • OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys streak of 20-plus point games comes to an end

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 42-9 loss to TCU by the numbers: 4: Losses for OSU in its last 26 games against Texas teams. 4: Losses for OSU in its last 15 games played in the state of Texas. 7:05: Time of possession for OSU in the second half. The Cowboys had the ball for 20:41 in the first half. 16: Wins for TCU in 31 games against ranked opponents in the Gary Patterson era. 33: Margin of victory, TCU’s largest since beginning Big 12 play in 2012. 42: Points for TCU, the most the Frogs ever have scored against OSU. It’s the third straight week TCU has set a series-scoring high, joining games against OU and Baylor. 58: Straight games OSU had scored at least 20 points, until Saturday.

  • OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy says Cowboys now forced to rebound in a 'true test of character'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas — Oklahoma State’s 42-9 loss at TCU was its worst since a 2008 beating at Texas Tech. So the worst, by far, that any player on the current roster had absorbed. “Right now will be a true test of character for us,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “As men. As coaches. And players. And certainly as a team. You finish this one up tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow night you go out to practice and get ready for the next game. “The good thing about this one is it just counts as one.” Defensive tackle James Castleman said any loss, verdict large or small, is difficult to take. “The locker room was like it would be if we lost by three points,” Castleman said. “Everybody hates losing.

  • OSU football report card: Cowboys' grades reflect the futile performance vs. TCU

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    TCU dominated OSU in ways that harken back to the futile days of Cowboy football. The Frogs rolled 42-9 and were superb in most every facet of the game. The grades reflect such a blowout. CHUNK PLAYS: F Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer talked about limiting TCU’s “X plays,” which he defined as runs of at least 15 yards and pass plays of at least 20. Uh-oh. The Frogs had 13 such plays; OSU had two. At one point in the second quarter, the Frogs had called six running plays and had garnered 98 yards off them, including gains of 34, 15, 19 and 35. OSU’s only big plays were a 57-yard completion from Daxx Garman to Brandon Sheperd and a 22-yard run by Hill. RED ZONE: D TCU scored touchdowns. OSU kicked field

  • OSU football: Cowboys step back to yesteryear by getting blown out by TCU

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — This hasn’t happend in quite a while. Oklahoma State hasn’t been blown out by a Big 12 opponent since 2008 at Lubbock, when the Cowboys went down 56-20 to Texas Tech. But TCU helped OSU step back in time, handing the Cowboys a 42-9 stomping on Saturday in Fort Worth.

  • Oklahoma State football: Glenn Spencer explains Trevone Boykin's improvement

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    I like talking to OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. For one, he’s interesting. For two, I learn stuff. Most football coaches these days have no interest in educating anyone about football, unless it’s their own players or some colleagues at a clinic. They don’t like talking football with the public, which means talking football with […]

  • Why is everyone so down on Oklahoma State?

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    The Cowboys are upside down. Their offense is sluggish, after several years of high-octane performance. Their defense is gritty, even though it was billed as the rebuild of the 2014 season.




Berry Tramel Today at 2:09 AM 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
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 11:03:56 PM CST OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys streak of 20-plus point games comes to an end LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:52:55 PM CST OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy says Cowboys now forced to rebound in a 'true test of character' LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:04 PM CST OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys struggle to put up yards, points vs. TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:03 PM CST OSU football report card: Cowboys' grades reflect the futile performance vs. TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:03 PM CST OSU football: Cowboys step back to yesteryear by getting blown out by TCU LINK