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.

Top Stories


  • Post-concussion syndrome robs former Tulsa basketball player J.R. Cunningham of a normal life

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Cunningham walks with a cane and talks with a stutter. When he’s walking and talking. Cunningham currently is in the Intensive Care Unit of Denton Regional Medical Center, just off a ventilator, recovering from cardiac arrest, and yet another blood clot, and more pulmonary embolism, which blocks his lungs. Cunningham’s doctor tells him he suffers from post-concussion syndrome.

  • Oklahoma State football: Are the Cowboys rebuilding?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    For the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about OSU reaching the upper echelons of college football, even in rebuilding seasons. You can read that column here. The Cowboys on Thursday talked a lot about the concept of rebuilding. Mike Gundy: “Each year we find out where we’re at. This is the most difficult year we’ve had […]

  • Where have baseball's 20-game winners gone?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The Twins’ Phil Hughes, the Athletics’ Scott Kazmir, the Tigers’ Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are tied for the American League lead with 14 victories each. Which means they are on pace to finish with 18 wins. More evidence that baseball has changed. Only four times in baseball history — going back to […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys are ready for the big time

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    COMMENTARY — In the last six years, OSU ranks ninth among schools in the major conferences in league record, a good barometer of the program’s quality.

  • Oklahoma State football: QB job is Walsh's

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Mike Gundy is playing less coy about his quarterbacks. Gundy on Thursday all but admitted that J.W. Walsh is his man. “J.W. is getting most of the reps with the ones (first team), then the other guys are splitting,” Gundy said at his last pre-Florida State press conference. And that jives with what others are […]

  • Dallas Cowboys worth $3.2 billion

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Forbes lists the Dallas Cowboys as being worth $3.2 billion. Which is silly. I just don’t know which side of silly. Forbes says the Cowboys’ value has risen 36 percent over last year, which I assume is related to the Los Angeles Clippers’ recent sale to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The Clippers were valued […]

  • Oklahoma football: Stoops brothers talk defense

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    For the Thursday Oklahoman, I wrote about the OU defense and its boom-and-bust performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. You can read that column here. But I had some leftover quotations I didn’t use and were interesting. A sampling: Bob Stoops: “Potentially, it has a chance to be one of our better defenses, sure. […]

  • Bill Greason & Mark House: together again

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Oklahoman Mark House and baseball pioneer Bill Greason have a unique relationship. Greason is the pitcher who broke the color barrier in Oklahoma City, with the 1952 Oklahoma City Indians. After his baseball career, Greason became a minister in Birmingham, Ala., where I interviewed him in 2007, resulting in this column. House read the story, […]

  • Oklahoma football: Optimism reigns over defense

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    COMMENTARY — But a warning: The unit could be high risk, high reward again.

  • Why can't OU and OSU play Arkansas?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    I drove over to Arkansas this week. Photographer Nate Billings and I went to Fayetteville for a story on Razorback athletic director Jeff Long, the chairman of the new College Football Playoff selection committee. Our package will appear Sunday in The Oklahoman’s annual football preview. But the drive again made me shake my head. From […]

  • Should mid-majors drop down in football?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Jason Dunigan is the West Virginia fan who emails me from time to time and almost always has something interesting to say. This week was no different. Jason addressed the changing nature of major college sports, and he makes some very interesting points. I thought I would share: “Here in West Virginia, we have WVU […]

  • OKC Thunder: Keeping Reggie Jackson is a priority, but it won't be easy

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The Thunder supersub has finished three NBA seasons and thus is eligible for a contract extension this offseason. He is not the superstar those guys were and are, but he’s quite a ballplayer.

  • Emails in on Joe Mixon

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The emails are in on Joe Mixon and my Tuesday column, which you can read here. Let’s get right to them: Andrew: “Very surprised to read your column about Joe Mixon “being the guy who hit that girl.” I agree with the punishment and am never for violence against women, but you are overreaching here […]

  • Johnny Manziel's salute: Welcome to Kevin Sumlin's nightmare

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Somewhere Monday night, Kevin Sumlin had to be laughing. Johnny Manziel is someone else’s problem now. Of course, when Sumlin had Jonathan Gridiron as the Texas A&M quarterback, Manziel was a problem for Alabama and LSU and any SEC defense that happened to land on the Aggie schedule. So there was some benefit to that. […]

  • Why Oklahoma State football is a Big 12 heavyweight

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    OSU’s season opener is just 11 days away, and the questions facing OSU are the same. Linebacker, safety, offensive line. Quarterback, I suppose. But a position that is not on the list shows the evolution of the Cowboy program. OSU is stacked on the defensive line. Mike Gundy said it in the spring and there’s […]

  • Joe Mixon will always be the guy who hit the girl

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    No plea, no verdict, no court decision of any kind, will change that. Mixon has begun a sentence that will take years to serve.

  • Thunder most attractive team to TV executives

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Television network executives, the people who matter most, consider the Thunder, the Bulls and the Cavaliers the most popular NBA teams for the 2014-15 season. And if you have to pick between that trio, the Thunder would win the tiebreaker. The NBA schedule was released last week, and only the Thunder, Chicago and Cleveland drew […]

  • AP preseason poll: More meaningless than ever

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    The preseason AP poll was released Sunday, and what once was a major summer event now is reduced to yawns. The AP poll lost its direct impact several years ago when The Associated Press asked the college football power brokers to discontinue use of the AP poll in the BCS process. Now the AP poll […]

  • Darryl Strawberry: Could have been a (OSU) Cowboy

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Darryl Strawberry will be in Oklahoma on Friday to speak at the Night of Hope OKC, hosted by Hope Is Alive Ministries. I wrote about Strawberry for the Thursday Oklahoman, a column which you can read here. Strawberry could have been in Oklahoma much earlier, for a longer period of time. As an 18-year-old out […]

  • Oklahoma football: What did Bedlam 2013 mean?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Mike Stoops had a pragmatic response when I asked him what winning the Bedlam game in 2013 did for the Sooners. We wrote about the effects of OU’s Bedlam victory for the Sunday Oklahoman, a package that you can find here. We focused on Justin Gilbert’s near-interception in the final minute, which would have sealed […]




Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 22 2014 07:58:59 PM CST Post-concussion syndrome robs former Tulsa basketball player J.R. Cunningham of a normal life LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 22 2014 07:05:20 PM CST Post-concussion syndrome robs J.R. Cunningham of a normal life LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 22 2014 04:29:06 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Are the Cowboys rebuilding? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 22 2014 09:52:36 AM CST Power Lunch chat with Berry Tramel live from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 22 2014 09:04:12 AM CST Where have baseball's 20-game winners gone? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 21 2014 08:45:29 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Cowboys are ready for the big time LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 21 2014 04:09:24 PM CST Oklahoma State football: QB job is Walsh's LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 21 2014 12:40:23 PM CST Dallas Cowboys worth $3.2 billion LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 21 2014 09:07:44 AM CST Oklahoma football: Stoops brothers talk defense LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 20 2014 10:33:29 PM CST Bill Greason & Mark House: together again LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 20 2014 09:29:23 PM CST Oklahoma football: Optimism reigns over defense LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 20 2014 01:43:43 PM CST Why can't OU and OSU play Arkansas? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 20 2014 09:34:33 AM CST Should mid-majors drop down in football? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 05:28:51 PM CST OKC Thunder: Keeping Reggie Jackson is a priority, but it won't be easy LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 04:00:00 PM CST Emails in on Joe Mixon LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 09:02:23 AM CST Johnny Manziel's salute: Welcome to Kevin Sumlin's nightmare LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:32:37 PM CST Joe Mixon will always be the guy who hit the girl LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 12:49:19 PM CST Thunder most attractive team to TV executives LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 09:22:56 AM CST AP preseason poll: More meaningless than ever LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 14 2014 03:23:28 PM CST Oklahoma football: What did Bedlam 2013 mean? LINK