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


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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., where he'll be answering your questions live from H&H Shooting Sports on the Thunder heading into the playoffs, spring football and more.

  • Bobby Bowden talks OU & OSU

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Bobby Bowden came to town Tuesday night to speak at the state FCA banquet. It’s never a bad time when speaking with Bowden. Bowden always was interesting to talk to while he coached Florida State football through those glory years, 1976-2009, and he hasn’t changed in retirement.

  • College football: Bobby Bowden saw the need for Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The legendary coach said: “As I was coaching, I could really see the need. I’ve got 100 boys there, and half of ‘em haven’t got a daddy. It was very obvious to me what’s missing in our society. I could see where FCA could help close that gap.”

  • Oklahoma State football: Seminoles riding high in the spring

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OSU opens the 2014 season against defending champion Florida State on Aug. 30 at JerryWorld in Arlington. It’s a case of bad timing. An OSU-Florida State game to open the 2013 season would have been rich; the ’13 Cowboys could have stood up to the Seminoles.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Cheers for Creighton, but where's Wichita State?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A report from the Omaha World-Herald says OU and Creighton will play a home-and-home basketball series starting next season in Omaha. Which will make a great series. The Bluejays have become a solid name in NCAA hoops, both last season in the new/old Big East and before that in the Missouri Valley Conference.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Does playing poorly matter going into the playoffs?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

      Eventually, we’ll get accustomed to the sound of the New Orleans Pelicans name. But for now, the Pelicans sound like a D-League team. And Monday night in the Big Easy, the Pelicans looked like a minor-league squad. Melvin Ely, who hadn’t played in the NBA in 1,097 days, flew in from Las Vegas on Sunday, signed a contract with the Pelicans and played 10 minutes against the Thunder.

  • Oklahoma football: How Baker Mayfield pushes Trevor Knight

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The OU spring game Saturday brought more questions than answers. That’s what happens when quarterbacks are involved. While Baker Mayfield completed all nine of his passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, Trevor Knight completed just five of 14 passes. Yes, Knight had few receivers open.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Better on defense than offense

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Statistics can reveal interesting things. Like this. The Thunder is a better defensive team than offensive team. Who would have thought it? Especially after this season of some massive defensive dips with the injuries to Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins. But it’s true.

  • Bubba wins the Masters: Ranking the best Bubbas

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Bubba Watson won the Masters on Sunday, and I was pulling for him. Even though I don’t like his name. I’m not too partial to the Bubba name. Seems way over-used. Way over stereotyped. It’s got a redneck connotation now; when I was a kid, Bubba meant a hulk.

  • Simple-minded people hurt NBA's reputation more than anything

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Occasionally, you’ll see a dud game or a dud ref. But a game that’s nigh near impossible to call somehow gets well-called night after night, year after year.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker and the OU defense provides plenty of reason for optimism

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    While rampant optimism flows through Soonerville this spring, as it should, most of it stems from the defense. And players like Eric Striker. The Brothers Stoops are hard-pressed to contain their glee over what their 2014 defense could do.

  • Oklahoma spring football report card: Sooners' offense inefficient in spring game

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A fun day on the OU campus was tempered by offensive inefficiency Saturday in the Sooner spring game, slowing the momentum created by a 45-31 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama.

  • Missouri cuts Dorial Green-Beckham

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A little more than two years ago, both OU and OSU desperately sought the signature of Dorial Green-Beckham. The 6-foot-6 wide receiver from Springfield, Mo., was one of the nation’s top football recruits. OU was replacing Ryan Broyles; OSU was replacing Justin Blackmon.

  • Oklahoma football: Cultivating future customers

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Interesting Thursday on the OU campus. The Sooners opened spring practice to students, then I had dinner at an OU College of Engineering event at Headington Hall, the new dorm that houses 180 athletes. The turnout at the practice was disappointing.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Wild scramble for first-round playoff foe

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The Thunder is headed for the second seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs’ magic number to finish atop the West is one — any combination of one San Antonio victory or  Thunder defeat guarantees the Spurs the top seed. The Thunder’s magic number to finish second is two.

  • Good things will happen if Sooners keep the same frame of mind

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    OU defensive lineman Chuka Ndule said: “This is Oklahoma. We’re not the underdogs.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Welcome back, Thabo

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    There are a thousand things to write about concerning the Thunder’s wild 107-101 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Here’s what strikes me: Thabo Sefolosha. Thabo returned to the lineup on Tuesday night in Sacramento, and presto, the Thunder played some good defense.

  • Masters pick: Jason Day

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    No Tiger Woods. No clear cut favorite in the Masters. So my pick is Jason Day. And maybe I’m just predicting from desire. Day has become my favorite golfer. I like his demeanor. I like his sportsmanship, the way he supported fellow Australian Adam Scott’s victory last year at Augusta, sticking around to offer congratulations after all the ceremony for Scott, even though Day was in contention himself, finishing third.

  • UConn basketball: An amazing success story

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Connecticut won the NCAA men’s basketball championship on Monday night. It is the Huskies’ fourth national title in the last 16 seasons. That’s an amazing accomplishment. Especially since some wondered if UConn was a one-coach wonder. Some schools are like that, you know.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Will Clippers end the OKC streak?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s streak ended Tuesday night. The Thunder’s streak can end Wednesday night. For five straight years, the Thunder has improved its record over the previous season. But to extend that record to six straight seasons, the Thunder has to win out.




Berry Tramel Today at 12:36 AM Thunder-Grizzlies: Oklahoma City's Game 1 win tests the theory that there are no bad playoff victories LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 12:36 AM What they're saying about Game 1: The Thunder and Grizzlies weigh in LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 19 2014 11:42:50 PM CST Thunder-Grizzlies: How the Thunder's bench wore down Memphis LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:59:12 PM CST Q&A: Derrick Seys, 'The Brick Man' LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 19 2014 07:30:48 PM CST Former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer to preside over Oklahoma Senior Follies — but you won't catch him... LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 19 2014 04:16:29 PM CST NBA Playoffs LIVE: Thunder vs. Grizzlies LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:12:19 AM CST NBA playoffs: Rating the best rivalries ever LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 18 2014 11:13:02 PM CST NBA playoffs: The what-if bracket LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 18 2014 08:26:16 PM CST Welcome to the NBA playoffs, where familiarity breeds contempt LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 18 2014 01:17:05 PM CST NBA playoffs: First-round predictions contain only one upset LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 18 2014 10:18:23 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Not as good as last season LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 10:12:40 PM CST College football: Q&A with Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 09:19:58 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Can OKC flip the switch in the NBA Playoffs? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 07:41:52 PM CST OKC Thunder: Oklahoma writers discuss upcoming NBA playoffs LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 06:30:19 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: NBA Playoff Roundtable: Which top-2 seed should be most wary of an early upset? -> LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:33:09 PM CST Big 12 football: New bowl lineup a small downgrade LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:23:49 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Playoff Podcast with @DarnellMayberry, @BerryTramel and I: Breaking down the Thunder-Grizzlies series -> LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 01:10:36 PM CST Wichita State's Gregg Marshall: Mid-majors keeping great coaches LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 17 2014 10:02:56 AM CST Bill Hancock: Induction worthy into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 16 2014 08:00:04 PM CST Fair or not, NBA needs to keep its current playoff format LINK