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


  • Big 12 football: Where have all the quarterbacks gone?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Big 12 quarterbacking fell a rung or three last season. While Baylor’s Bryce Petty played at the league’s established level of excellence, few others did. Most teams ended up using multiple quarterbacks, either out of injury or frustration. Texas Tech got good performances out of freshmen Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield. Kansas State’s Jake Waters […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: I'm dreaming of no Christmas Day game

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The NBA schedule will be announced Wednesday evening, and not to be a Grinch, but was hoping that the Thunder wouldn’t get a Christmas game. Our man Darnell Mayberry reports that the Thunder will play in San Antonio at 2:30 p.m. Christmas Day. I know, it was a fat chance that the Thunder would avoid […]

  • A fabulous PGA without Tiger

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    The PGA Championship, won under cloak of darkness by Rory McIlroy, proved that golf can be dramatic and historic without Tiger Woods. Maybe we already knew that, but at times it’s tough to remember. After a majors season that was not particular interesting — Bubba Watson’s thrilling Masters victory was followed by two runaways — […]

  • Bedlam 2013: How a single play changed the college football landscape in Oklahoma and beyond

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Boone Pickens Stadium erupted. Roared at its loudest. Louder than the apex of that 2011 Bedlam rout. Louder than the 2013 blowout of Baylor, with GameDay in tow. Louder than Dez Bryant’s touchdowns against Georgia in 2009. But only for a second. Only for an instant. Only for a speck of time. That’s how long we all thought Justin Gilbert had intercepted Blake Bell’s pass and sealed a Bedlam verdict.

  • Bedlam 2013: OSU's Glenn Spencer doesn't play the what-if game

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff writer | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    STILLWATER — Glenn Spencer doesn’t deal in what-ifs. The Oklahoma State defensive coordinator doesn’t spend time wondering how the world would be different if Justin Gilbert had hung onto what would have been a game-sealing interception last December in Bedlam. Spencer didn’t even allow himself to get excited when it appeared Gilbert would make the interception. “I think I saw the ball loose,” Spencer said. “I’m always on the pessimistic side, so I’m assuming the worst. I have to think about the next call. In my mind, I went right to the next call. If that would have happened, that would have been great. But I immediately had to go, ‘all right, all that is is a fancy pass breakup.’ And they got another down.

  • Building superteams in NBA is not a new fad

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    It’s the converse of the Thunder Way, which calls for growing your own superstars. The Thunder is trying to replicate the Spurs, who now have won five of the last 16 NBA championships with homegrown stars.

  • College athletics are changing — and not in a good way

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby didn’t deliver the message with folksiness. He was stern and foreboding. He painted a bleak picture. He was dark and disturbed.

  • Coaches want to beef up schedules? Yeah, right

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

      There’s a great scene in “Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash movie. Young John is in a Memphis recording studio, trying to get a contract, and the song he and his group plays is “I Was There When It Happened (and I guess I, oughta know).” Actually a cool old Gospel sing. I heard […]

  • What does autonomy mean for power five conferences?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    The five power conferences in college athletics now have some autonomy. The Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC and SEC can vote on and implement certain governance regulations that would be independent of whatever else the NCAA might be doing. So what does autonomy mean? Representatives from the power five conferences now account for 37.5 […]

  • Kevin Durant leaves Team USA

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Kevin Durant cited physical and mental fatigue in leaving the U.S. basketball team, which is preparing for the World Cup later this summer. I don’t know if Paul George’s gruesome injury suffered last weekend played any part in Durant’s decision. Neither do I care, just so long as Durant made the decision. The risk/reward nature […]

  • Oklahoma football: Why Bob Stoops takes on the SEC propaganda machine without apology

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The current college football culture is one of capitulation. The SEC gets to dine first, and other conferences are expected to scrap for the crumbs from the table. Nonsense, Stoops believes. When he challenges the SEC, Stoops is planting seeds. Seeds of doubt that the SEC rules unopposed in the campus kingdom.

  • PGA Championship: Whatever happened to Bob May?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The PGA Championship returns to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, for the first time since 2000. The 2000 PGA was the tournament that almost made Bob May an unforgettable name in golf. May is the Oklahoma State alum who battled Tiger Woods down the stretch at Valhalla. May opened that tournament with a 72, then […]

  • Big 12 football: TCU & West Virginia have struggled

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    The first two Big 12 football seasons for West Virginia and TCU have not gone well. For the Thursday Oklahoman, I wrote about the rough adjustments for schools that have changed conferences and moved up in class. You can read that column here. In 2012, West Virginia was picked to finish second and TCU was […]

  • College football: Schools that step up a class are in for rugged times.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The lack of success in their new conferences by the likes of TCU, Utah and West Virginia has to have subliminal effects on the committee that will choose the four-team field for the College Football Playoff.

  • Oklahoma State football: Quarterback games cloud the issue

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Mike Gundy said Tuesday that Daxx Garman is preparing as if he will take “10 to 12 snaps” when OSU plays Florida State. So what do we make of that? It’s all dicey. These days, Gundy likes to play games with the media and likes to play games with his quarterbacks, so everyone is kept […]

  • NBA homecomings: Will LeBron start a new trend?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    LeBron James’ decision to return home and play for the Cleveland Cavaliers has ignited a new wave of belief that more superstars will follow suit. LeBron grew up in Akron and played seven years with the Cavs before jumping to the Miami Heat. Now everyone speculates on whether Kevin Durant might return to his home […]

  • ABA memories: Don't believe Will Ferrell

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about David Vance and the birth of the blocked shot as an official statistic. You can read that column here. But the occasion gave Vance and I reason to look at all kinds of great memories about the ABA. The American Basketball Association spent nine years as an upstart […]

  • How David Vance chose the name for Remington Park

    berry tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    The blocked shot as an official statistic was not David Vance’s only lasting contribution to sport. He also named Remington Park. Vance came to Oklahoma in 1988 to oversee construction of Oklahoma City’s new horse racing track, of which DeBartolo Racing had named him president and general manager. Vance selected the Remington Park name. “Corny as it sounds, I wanted the track to be a work of art,” Vance told Remington blogger Avery Oden in 2012. “One day, while we were in the formative stages of developing the concept, I visited the Cowboy Hall of Fame. “I’ve always been a fan of Western art, and two of the greatest artists in history were C.M. Russell and Frederic Remington. Russell Park didn’t

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: City can lay claim to the league's top shot blocker and the man who invented the blocked shot stat

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    David Vance and Serge Ibaka share more than an area code. Both are preeminent figures in the story of basketball shot blocking.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Berry Tramel is LIVE from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m., answering your questions on the start of preseason football, Team USA basketball and more. Get your questions in early.




Berry Tramel Today at 4:29 PM Oklahoma State football: Are the Cowboys rebuilding? LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 9:52 AM Power Lunch chat with Berry Tramel live from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 9:04 AM 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
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 14 2014 09:37:44 AM CST Darryl Strawberry: Could have been a (OSU) Cowboy LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 13 2014 09:34:14 PM CST Darryl Strawberry still battles his 'monster inside' LINK