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.

  • NCAA Tournament: Picking the bracket

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The NCAA Tournament starts Tuesday with the ridiculous First Four. Making eight teams participate in play-in games in Dayton, Ohio, is an abomination. Moreso this year than in others, since the Dayton Flyers play on their home floor against Boise State. You’d think with the watering down of college basketball, no one would see the […]

  • March Madness extends beyond the Big Dance

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    March Madness is about Kentucky and Valpo, North Carolina and North Dakota State, Duke and Davidson. But it’s about more than that. Lots of college basketball is played outside the Big Dance glare. Two examples: * Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College’s men’s team finished runnerup in the National Collegiate Christian Athletic Association Division 2 tournament […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Adams & Kanter make an intriguing pair

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The Thunder beat Chicago 109-100 Sunday, and the story of the day was the two-center lineup. Enes Kanter and Steven Adams played 30:16; 62 percent of the game. Their starting status was made possible by Serge Ibaka’s injury. So when Serge returns, he’s back in the lineup. But a Kanter/Adams tandem is intriguing for the […]

  • NCAA Tournament: Sooners get an excellent draw

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The NCAA basketball committee has a way of cutting the baby in half. OU wanted to go Omaha. Instead, OSU is going to Omaha. But if OSU can beat Oregon in a first-round game, top-seeded Wisconsin almost surely awaits. So the Sooners aren’t looking for any swaps. They’ll take Columbus. Let’s analyze the assignments for […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks improvises and hits on a winning lineup late against the Bulls

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Foreman Scotty resorted to a small lineup, which usually means good offense and shaky defense, but this time it was the defensive ticket to victory.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka misses second straight game with knee soreness

    By Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Ibaka is considered day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play on Monday in Dallas, but hasn’t been ruled out.

  • NCAA Bracket Watch: It looks like OU is likely headed West

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Selection Sunday has arrived, and the projected NCAA Tournament is less volatile than any in years. Not much movement with teams playing their way into, or out of, the 68-team field. Let’s answer a few questions as we await the 5 p.m. Sunday announcement: Where is OU headed? West, say the odds. The Sooners seem a likely 4-seed. The top four seeds in each regional are aligned by geography, as much as possible. And the top-4 seeds seem fairly solid. That means natural assignments for sites Omaha (Kansas and either Wisconsin, Northern Iowa or Iowa State), Columbus (two of Iowa State, Wisconsin and Northern Iowa), Louisville (Kentucky and Notre Dame), Pittsburgh (Villanova and Maryland) and Charlotte (Virginia

  • Kansas City travelblog: Walking the streets of KC

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Friday was a strange day. I got back to the hotel after the Thursday quarterfinals around 1 a.m., stayed up too late (I don’t sleep well without the Dish), woke up a little after 8, got up, wrote a couple of blogs, took a nap, got cleaned up, read the paper online, and before I […]

  • Iowa State brought its Hilton Coliseum magic to Sprint Center

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    This would have been a monumental win for the Sooners, and not just because 13th-ranked Iowa State is one heck of a team. To beat the Cyclones in KC these days is quite the achievement. Iowa State fans take over this town during Big 12 Tournament week, and they took over the Sprint Center on Friday night.

  • Russell Westbrook masking Thunder sluggishness

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Minnesota  Timberwolves are in Oklahoma City for a Friday night game against the Thunder. The T-Wolves are 14-49, the third-worst record in the league. The Knickerbockers are 13-51 and the 76ers are 14-50. Earlier in the year, New York came to Chesapeake Arena, and the Thunder won in a rout. But last week, Philly […]

  • Should Joe Mixon be dragged into frat video mess?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Joe Mixon keeps getting brought up in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video mess. He’s become a lightning rod for those who say David Boren is soft on violence against women but hard on free speech. The irony is thick in a lot of places, starting with this. The people who say Mixon got a light […]

  • Kansas City travelblog: Touring the Truman Library

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    When Harry Truman left the White House in January 1953, he left office with no Secret Service detail, no presidential pension and no job. Soon enough, Truman had a job. Forming and helping run the Truman Library and Museum in his hometown, Independence, Mo. I toured the Truman Library on Thursday. Been coming to Kansas […]

  • Big 12 Tournament: Let's go back to Sunday

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Kansas fans are here in Kansas City. No doubt about that. The Iowa State fans, too. The Cyclones always have been partial to KC and the conference basketball tournament, but it seems like Iowa State’s zeal for Kansas City is greater than ever. And Kansas State fans are impressive in their own right. But […]

  • Buddy Hield got hot at the right time for Sooners

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Hield got hot at the right time in this Bedlam Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal. Hield’s Sooners trailed by nine points and were shooting just 24 percent early in the second half. But OU scored on six straight possessions, Hield scored 10 points in that spree and the Sooners eventually wore down OSU 64-49 to reach the Big 12 semifinals.

  • Big 12 Tournament: Oklahoma eliminates Oklahoma State

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    OU beat OSU 64-49 Thursday night in the Sprint Center, where the Sooners will play Iowa State at approximately 8:20 p.m. Friday in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.

  • Cowboys made the right move letting DeMarco Murray go

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Breaking up is hard to do. But sometimes it’s necessary. The Dallas Cowboys let DeMarco Murray walk — straight into the arms of NFC East rival Philadelphia, which is an unfortunate side effect of Dallas losing Murray. But it had to be done. You can’t pay big money for a 27-year-old tailback. No matter how […]

  • Kansas City travelblog: A trip to Garozzo's

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Big 12 Tournament week has arrived, which means a few days in Kansas City. Which means a trip to my favorite restaurant in the world. Garozzo’s. The food. The ambience. The neighborhood. Garozzo’s is the best. I’ve written about it a thousand times, so I won’t bore you with rehash. I’ll just tell you what […]

  • NCAA bracket watch: OU a 4 seed, OSU a 10

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Big 12 Tournament week has arrived, which means it’s time to keep a daily eye on the NCAA Tournament bubble. I’ll update my bracket projections daily the rest of the week as we await Selection Sunday. Here you go: 1: Kentucky, Virginia, Villanova, Duke. 2: Wisconsin, Arizona, Kansas, Gonzaga. 3: Maryland, Notre Dame, Iowa State, […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat today from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. to talk Big 12 basketball, Thunder vs. Clippers and the OU-SAE video fallout and its impact on athletics.

  • OU frat video: Exclusion is at the root

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    In the wake of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon racist video at OU, I’ve thought a lot about fraternities. Why they exist? What are the positives? What are the negatives? Then I heard OU president David Boren use a word, not in direct reference to fraternities in general but the SAE episode in particular. “Exclusionary.” Boren […]

Berry Tramel Today at 8:08 PM Michigan State has a tough rock 'em, sock 'em basketball program LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 6:24 PM Oklahoma basketball notebook: Joe Castiglione makes it to Syracuse to support Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 5:11 PM Lon Kruger says college basketball has taken a step back LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 11:44 AM Syracuse travelblog: A trip to Cooperstown LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 12:22 AM Thunder has struggled against good teams LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:47:45 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Is the N word acceptable? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:11:21 PM CST Bob Stoops and Tom Izzo have gone down similar career paths until recently LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 11:06:11 AM CST Cleveland travelblog: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is here to stay LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 12:01:53 AM CST Oklahoma basketball: More on Khadeem Lattin LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 06:33:52 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: After SAE video, former Texas Western player David Lattin had some advice for grandson Kh... LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 09:23:55 AM CST Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 07:05:16 PM CST Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 05:55:16 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 01:32:02 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooners flying Big 12 banner LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 08:57:05 AM CST Columbus travelblog: Roast beef at the Tip Top LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 22 2015 10:27:47 PM CST Oklahoma basketball notebook: Upsets open up region for Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 22 2015 10:27:46 PM CST Sooners use defense to get back in it and then win it against Dayton LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 22 2015 09:45:56 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Dayton LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 22 2015 12:04:43 PM CST Columbus travelblog: A visit to the Jack Nicklaus Museum LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 21 2015 07:18:55 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Why a trip to the Sweet 16 would help bring the sizzle back to Sooner basketball LINK