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


  • Officials to crack down on college football coaches' sideline antics

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Coaches yell at players. Coaches yell at each other. Coaches yell at officials. Our own Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy can chew out a head linesman with the best of ‘em. But for the most part, referee-riding hasn’t dissolved into anarchy. This isn’t basketball.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back! Join him to talk preseason football, NBA offseason and Thunder free agency on the Power Lunch chat -- live from H&H Shooting Sports -- at 11 a.m.

  • NBA free agency has commandeered July

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The sports calendar is consumed by the NFL. The league’s games, of course, September into the first Sunday of February, dominate all comers, even the World Series and college football bowl games. Training camp has August all to itself. The May draft overshadows the first 2-3 weeks of the NBA playoffs. Maybe the only NFL […]

  • Cleveland's futility ranks at the top of major-league cities

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    LeBron James is back with the Cavaliers, and Cleveland’s quest for a championship has resumed. Not since the 1964 Browns won the NFL title has Cleveland won a championship. That’s 50 years and counting. For the Tuesday Oklahoman, I wrote about LeBron’s return. You can read that column here. One city, San Diego, has waited […]

  • A few tweaks could make soccer more appealing to Americans

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

    COMMENTARY — Soccer is not boring to watch. Soccer is maddening to watch. You’ll blow a gasket watching a game that is stuck not so much in tradition, but in ritual. Give America 15 minutes alone in a room with FIFA, and we’d fix all kinds of things.

  • Oklahoma football: Hello, Big Ten

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The Sooners on Monday announced a future home-and-home football series with Michigan, 2025 and 2026. That’s a long ways away. My granddaughter is 8. She’ll have finished a year of college when the Sooners and Wolverines play. But at least OU is looking at new territories. Like the Big Ten. The Sooners play Ohio State […]

  • College football playoff hype can't compete with NFL

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Just in case anyone was wondering, the excitement over the new College Football Playoff does not trump an NFL Sunday. Of that we have empirical evidence. The first Football Four will be announced on Dec. 7, at 11:45 a.m. Oklahoma time at the top of the College Football Playoff Selection Show. That’s 15 minutes before kickoff […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Pau Gasol was always a longshot

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    I haven’t spent a ton of time around Pau Gasol. A few practices between playoff games in Thunder-Laker series in 2010 and 2012. But in some ways, I feel like I know Gasol about as well as I know some of the long-time Thunders. That’s because of the Laker culture, which doesn’t really try to […]

  • No amount of LeBron James' forgiveness can wash away Dan Gilbert's ineptitude at running a franchise

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The Cavs over the previous four NBA Drafts have had five top-four selections, including three overall No. 1 picks. And despite LeBron’s return, Cleveland still might not have enough talent to win the Eastern Conference.

  • Oak Tree National passes two big tests

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National has come and gone, and Oak Tree’s owners now have their eyes on even bigger events: the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship or the Ryder Cup. You can read here about Oak Tree effort’s in Scott Wright’s excellent package in the Monday Oklahoman. But the just-competed U.S. […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow is an excellent offensive player

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Anthony Morrow is the newest Thunder. The journeyman sharpshooter is the prize of the Thunder’s 2014 free agent crop. So like most years, free agency is more of a yawn than a yell in Oklahoma City. 2014-15 will be Morrow’s seventh NBA season and the Thunder will be Morrow’s sixth NBA franchise. Which means he’s […]

  • Italy travelblog: Touring OU's monastery

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Buon giorno. One final day in Arezzo on Monday, and we got a special treat. A tour of the monastery that OU bought a couple of years ago and is renovating to house its study-abroad program. Otherwise, we just walked around, enjoying an ancient city before our Tuesday train ride back to Rome. Arezzo is […]

  • Italy travelblog: Glad to be home

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Good morning. Buon giorno and arrivederci are in the rearview mirror. I’m back home. Went through customs at Detroit’s Metro Airport and heard a nice refrain over the loudspeaker: “Welcome to the United States.” I enjoyed Italy. But I’m glad to be back. Glad to be in America. Glad to be an American. Glad to […]

  • Italy travelblog: Arrivederci, Roma

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

      Buon giorno. “Arrivederci Roma; goodbye, goodbye to Rome. “City of a million moonlit places, city of a million warm embraces, where I found the one of all the faces far from home. “Arrivederci Roma, it’s time for us to part. Save the wedding bells for my returning, keep my lover’s arms outstretched and yearning, […]

  • Italy travelblog: Cooking under the Tuscan sun

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Buon giorno. We had spent two days in Arezzo, but Sunday, we finally experienced Tuscany. The Tuscany you think about when you hear the word. The countryside. Charming villas. An ancient village. We took a short train ride to Camucia, then a taxi up the mountain to Cortona and finally took a taxi to the […]

  • Italy travelblog: Antiques in antiquity

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

      Buon giorno. Uh-oh. Our Italian adventure turned a little serious Saturday. All our guides are gone. Jim and Julie Sluss went over to the ocean for the weekend. Theresa Marks and the Bulls left Arezzo in the afternoon on the train for Rome, headed home. The Dish and I are without adult supervision. I […]

  • Italy travelblog: 4th of July in the ancient city of Arezzo

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Buon giorno. Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. Probably ranks second, behind only Thanksgiving. I love the Fourth of July. We have a neighborhood parade in the morning, we usually have a family gathering in the evening and fireworks of some kind emerge after dusk. But I’ve never spent a Fourth of July […]

  • Italy travelblog: We interrupt this trip to drive a Ferrari

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Buon giorno. On Thursday, we interrupted several days of intense immersion into Italian culture. No centuries-old artwork. No historical city tours. No ruminations on how Italians used to live and still do because of it. Instead, we jumped into a little modern Italian phenomenon. From the Sistene Chapel to sports cars. From basilicas to motorcycle […]

  • Italy travelblog: A gondola ride ends a day without wheels

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Buon giorno.  Our two days in Venice are over. Quite a place. My description of our trip to Italy so far is this. I loved Rome. I found Venice fascinating. Our second day in Venice included a gondola ride, which is something every person should get to do once, and a whole lot of boat […]

  • Italy travelblog: 34 years late, we make it to Venice

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Buon giorno. You might not believe this, but I wasn’t always the thoughtful thinker I am today. I once said stuff without much consideration. Like the time I was 19, engaged to Trish the Dish, and I told her I’d take her anywhere she wanted to go for our honeymoon. She suggested Venice. I had […]




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Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 11:42:14 PM CST College football: Trevor Knight took advantage of big stage, J.W. Walsh could do the same LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 04:08:59 PM CST NBA All-Star Game: Extending break not a bad idea LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 02:25:43 PM CST Did OU fail Joe Mixon? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 09:38:00 AM CST Byron Scott's bad timing continues LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 27 2014 05:24:40 PM CST Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 27 2014 12:35:34 AM CST Oklahoma football: Destroying the 'wrong place at the wrong time' myth LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 04:05:47 PM CST Big 12 football: Baylor goes from hunter to hunted LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 09:41:00 AM CST College Football Playoff: This exercise will help you understand LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:07:10 PM CST Mack Brown and his downhome charm was missed at Big 12 Media Days LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 06:02:51 PM CST Oklahoma football: Stoops delights Jerry Montgomery LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 10:42:42 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 08:48:50 AM CST Oklahoma State football: Van Malone challenges his cornerbacks LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:55:18 PM CST Why Cavs shouldn't trade for Kevin Love LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 12:55:25 PM CST Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Sugar Bowl LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:45:51 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Pickups, RC Cola & mascots LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 07:17:30 PM CST Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is taking a big chance on Dorial Green-Beckham LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 06:41:51 PM CST Big 12 football notebook: TCU defensive end Devonte Fields suspended LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:53:04 AM CST Big 12 football: Speed of game always a concern LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 09:37:31 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Egads, a new Mountaineer LINK