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.


  • NBA Playoffs: Officials waffling on flagrant foul calls

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Rule assessment on Dwight Howard makes no sense after what we saw Sunday night and what we saw in the Thunder-Grizzlies series last spring.

  • Tramel: Can Jeremy Lamb become the next J.J. Redick?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb is a puzzling ballplayer. He’s skilled, he’s athletic. He can dribble reasonably well and shoot really well at times and jump through the gym and he rebounds exceptionally well. But Lamb just doesn’t get to play much for the Thunder, as we documented in the Tuesday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Maybe […]

  • How to rank Notre Dame's and BYU's schedules

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    For the Sunday Oklahoman, I ranked all 64 non-conference schedules among the Power Five leagues. You can read that here. But that means Notre Dame and Brigham Young were left out. A reader suggested I try to rank BYU’s and Notre Dame’s schedules. Interesting. BYU begins its fifth season as a football independent. Notre Dame […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Three writers discuss three questions. Today’s subject: Jeremy Lamb.

  • Gregg Popovich's in-game interviews are more entertaining than watching his Spurs

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Popovich would answer “go away” to “knock knock.” I’m telling you, interviewing Popovich in mid-game is like ringing the doorbell of the mean neighbor to get back your ball after it sailed over the fence. Short-straw city. Makes you wonder the value of the convention.

  • College football: Why Virginia has the best schedule in the nation and North Carolina State the worst

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Only one Big 12 team cracks Berry Tramel’s top 25 college football schedules.

  • College football: Big 12's non-conference schedule is embarrassing

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Only the SEC schedules as poorly as does the Big 12, and the SEC has all the hype and the track record of recent national championships to tout. The Big 12 has neither.

  • Basketball: Globetrotters and Langston legend Marques Haynes dies at age 89

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Touted as “The World’s Greatest Dribbler” by his employer, the Harlem Globetrotters, Haynes never played in the NBA, instead choosing to stay with the Globetrotters — or being forced to stay, depending on when Haynes told the story — in the 1950s.

  • Will Miami U. finally get a football stadium?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The University of Miami long has needed a football stadium. The Hurricanes played in the ancient Orange Bowl when they rose to college football prominence in the 1980s, then moved to the Dolphins’ stadium in Miami Gardens in 2008. Neither is a good alternative. The Orange Bowl was decaying and in a bad part of […]

  • ACC football trying to make up ground on SEC

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Atlantic Coast Conference football is trying. Give the ACC credit. The ACC is the little brother to the SEC, not just on the college football landscape, but in the southern part of the country, where those leagues share real estate in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky. The SEC has more good teams than does […]

  • Should Syracuse unretire jersey No. 44?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Syracuse University is playing politics with its hallowed No. 44 again, and it leaves iconic Orange quarterback Donovan McNabb angry and me acknowledging OU’s wisdom in not retiring any numbers. In 2005, Syracuse retired No. 44, in honor of the trio of great tailbacks who donned No. 44 — Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd […]

  • Former OU All-American offensive tackle Eddie Foster was the rarest of football heroes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Foster was known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • Can Andre Roberson become the next DeMarre Carroll?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    DeMarre Carroll has become a focal point of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks’ defensive star suffered an apparent serious knee injury in Game 1 against Cleveland, and without Carroll, Atlanta would seem to have little chance against the Cavaliers. Who knew that DeMarre Carroll would ever be Atlanta’s most indispensable player? Of course, with […]

  • Give the Big Ten credit for its football scheduling

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Big Ten football schedules aren’t perfect. But give the Big Ten credit. The haughty conference is trying to create entertaining inventory. Of 14 schools, only half are playing a I-AA opponent in 2015. And most Big Ten schools are at least trying to play at least two decent foes. Now, that doesn’t mean a murderer’s […]

  • Remember when Pac-12 football scheduling was different?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Remember when Pac-12 football schedules looked different from the rest of the nation? When most Pac-12 teams had just three non-conference games each and played at least two legitimate opponents? Those days are gone. The Pac-12 in 2015 is continuing its recent trend of scheduling like the rest of America. Most teams are playing one […]

  • New NFL extra-point rule won't bring much change

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The NFL is trying to bring drama back to the extra point. It needs to try harder. NFL owners voted 30-2 Tuesday to move the snap for extra-point kicks back to the 15-yard line, while keeping 2-point conversions at the 2-yard line. But coaches are going to need more incentive to gamble. What amounts to […]

  • OU football: Were Keith Ford and other recent departures addition by subtraction or a troubling trend?

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    PRESS ROW -- The Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson weigh in on recent OU player departures, the Thunder's NBA Draft position, Russell Westbrook's NBA Lottery outfit, favorite rainy day activities and the Big 12 baseball tournament's move to Tulsa.

  • Shaun Livingston's success a feel-good story

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Shaun Livingston played 18 games with the Thunder. Eight at the end of the Thunder’s inaugural season, 10 at the start of the next season. When the Thunder traded for Eric Maynor in December 2009, Livingston was waived. It was nothing personal. Everyone — literally, everyone — was pulling for Livingston. One of the worst […]

  • OKC Thunder: Consider No. 14 a consolation prize from the Harden trade

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The hidden benefit of the trade was a solid roster and payroll flexibility




Berry Tramel Today at 7:29 AM Hoiberg's departure will harm Big 12 basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 01 2015 04:57:14 PM CST Get ready, OU fans, for more 11 a.m. kickoffs LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 01 2015 03:31:54 PM CST Who is the greatest Donovan in American sport? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 01 2015 11:14:58 AM CST LeBron vs. Curry: How to determine the real MVP LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 31 2015 10:03:54 PM CST History says Billy Donovan can lead the Thunder to the NBA Finals in his first season LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 31 2015 06:43:06 PM CST Changing coaches does pay off. That's why their chair comes with an ejection seat. LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 31 2015 06:05:37 PM CST Tramel: Scarred Texas fan looking forward to bright future LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, May. 30 2015 07:26:31 PM CST Berry Tramel: Scarred Texas fan looking forward to bright future LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 29 2015 06:39:28 PM CST The Thunder let down Scott Brooks easy — the Bulls danced on Tom Thibodeau's grave LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 29 2015 01:55:36 PM CST James Harden played one of the worst games in NBA history LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 29 2015 09:21:51 AM CST Can you believe it? Sherri Coale is 50 years old LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 28 2015 10:27:39 PM CST Sooner football giving a different vibe compared to this time last year LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 28 2015 04:19:31 PM CST How a Sooner sparked Warriors' most recent championship LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 28 2015 09:52:08 AM CST Tramel: Why Greg Popovich is a basketball coach, not a pilot LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 08:14:22 PM CST Women's College World Series notebook: Familiar foes reunite at Series LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 08:14:21 PM CST Football has everything to do with the success of SEC softball LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 06:14:41 PM CST Women's College World Series: Eight things to know about LSU LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 04:20:02 PM CST Alabama coach has driven down Billy Donovan Boulevard LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 01:53:31 PM CST You won't believe who is complaining about college football's lack of a level playing field LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 09:24:10 AM CST Celebrate! The Eastern Conference Finals are over LINK

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