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.

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  • 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 […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners reach a compromise on uniforms

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    COMMENTARY — While not ditching the classic look, OU tries to keep up with the times by introducing its set of alternate uniforms.

  • Italy travelblog: St. Peter's trumps the Sistene Chapel

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Buon giorno. I’ve heard of Vatican City all my life. But just like a bunch of Rome, what I’d heard and what I experienced was nothing at all alike. We toured the Vatican on Monday — St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum — and in some ways, it’s as awe-inspiring of a day as […]

  • Italy travelblog: The Colosseum takes you back in time

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Buon giorno. Sometimes we get caught up in our own little world. Or century. Sometimes we believe those people who say 99 percent of the world’s knowledge has come in the last 15 years. Or 15 months. Or 15 minutes, as the case may be. And then you have a day like Sunday, walking among […]

  • Italy Travelblog: Lots of history, but where are the bathrooms?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

      Buon giorno. Since I’ve been in Rome, something has seemed different. I mean, other than 2,000-year-old buildings and heaps of pasta sitting on tables two feet from the street and everyone talking with accents distinctly not Okie. And I finally figured it out. Rome has no skyline. New York has a skyline. Chicago has […]

  • Italy travelblog: Spanish Steps & the Gelato Nazi

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Buon giorno. I knew we weren’t in Oklahoma anymore by about the 600th sidewalk café we passed, with dozens of people drinking wine and digging into pasta on a cool Friday night. By the ornate statues and structures and monuments that pop up literally every two blocks in any direction. By the thousands of alleyways […]

  • Italy travelblog: Surviving a nine-hour flight

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Strange is the day when you get on a plane with the sun way up, and get off the plane with the sun way up, and in between is dark of night. But that’s how you get to Rome. I’m in Italy. I’m out of North America for the first time ever. I’m more than […]

  • Guess who's going to Italy?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    I’ve been to Juarez, Mexico. And I don’t mean I’ve been to the border and looked over, as I did in 2009 for the Sun Bowl and in 2012 for that OU-UTEP season opener. I’ve walked across the border, ridden in a Mexican cab that paid little or no attention to the few traffic laws […]

  • Oklahoma football: Memories of a falling pressbox

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Sam Muzny was an OU football walkon in the early days of the wishbone era. He was mostly on the scout team, what the players then called the “termite squad.” Now he’s a faithful reader who lives in Prague and emails me anytime his memories are jogged about those golden days. And it’s a colorful […]

  • Sam Presti: How far above the norm are the Thunder drafts?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

      What kind of draft evaluator is Thunder general manager Sam Presti? On the surface, very good. When Presti has high picks, he hits home runs — Kevin Durant second overall, James Harden third overall, Russell Westbrook fourth overall. When he has longshots, Presti still produces on a regular basis — Reggie Jackson and Serge […]

  • OU football: Details for proposed renovations to Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium

    berry tramel | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Here is a look at the planned renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium: PHASE ONE * Switzer Center renovation, including new weight room, new coaches office and a grander entrance facing the south. * Fan amenities, including new bathroom and concession areas, plazas for fans to gather and backs for the bleachers. PHASE TWO * New luxury suites spanning the width of the west-side upper deck, to balance that on the east side. * A new pressbox above the luxury suites. PHASE THREE * A video/scoreboard above the north grandstands to match the video board on the south, plus nominal changes to the seating.

  • OU football: Luxury suites, new weight room, fan amenities included in stadium renovation proposal

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OU STADIUM — The proposed renovation plan for OU’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be unveiled Wednesday in Ardmore. Plans will include a new pressbox, luxury suites and fan amenities, including a new video board on the stadium’s north side to match the one on the south.

  • Why not soccer? A fan's question and my rebuttal

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Reader Daniel Boyington wrote an interesting email, discussing soccer and the current World Cup fervor. I thought I would share it, and he asked for my thoughts. I gave him some, and I’ll share even more with you. Here are Daniel’s questions: “WHY NOT SOCCER? I’ve always been just a USA World Cup and Olympic […]

  • NBA Draft: Joel Embiid shouldn't fall far

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

      Seven-foot Kansas center Joel Embiid slides down the NBA Draft projections. First, a back injury. Now, foot surgery. Embiid apparently won’t go first to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night or second to the Milwaukee Bucks, and now stately franchises like the Celtics at No. 6 and the Lakers at No. 7 have hopes […]

  • Oklahoma State football has lost a step or two in positive public relations

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    OSU football is not the renegade program that Sports Illustrated tried to portray. But off-season scandals are a sign that the Cowboys could get to such status quickly if coaches are not more careful on who they bring in.




Berry Tramel Today at 12:55 PM Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Sugar Bowl LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 9:45 AM 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
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:41:18 AM CST Big 12 football: Coaches respond to Bob Bowlsby's 'cheating pays' LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 08:29:35 PM CST Big 12 football: Bob Bowlsby gets serious with 'cheating pays' pronouncement LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 07:51:12 PM CST Big 12 Football: Baylor content to stay with soft non-conference schedule LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:32:48 PM CST Big 12 football: No change in Baylor schedule LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:21:34 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Mary Kay convention & the Omni hotel LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:52:32 PM CST Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers make their Big 12 picks LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:52:32 PM CST Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers' preseason Big 12 player of the year selections LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:52:32 PM CST Big 12 football: Oklahoman writers offer up three bold predictions for the season LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 05:08:59 PM CST Big 12 football: 10 big questions to be answered at Big 12 Media Days LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 03:05:27 PM CST Cotton Bowl: Loss of independents helped hasten demise LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jul. 19 2014 04:55:00 PM CST College football postseason: A look at the winners and losers in the new bowl world LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 18 2014 05:25:15 PM CST Targeting rule worked in Big 12 Conference last year LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:38:25 PM CST Test your football knowledge with Big 12 officiating test LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 18 2014 11:20:57 AM CST Big 12 preseason poll not so accurate in 10-team format LINK