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.


  • Here's a vote to keep Scott Brooks as Thunder coach

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    This Thunder season was kooky. Trades by the number, injuries by the score.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Restricted free agent Enes Kanter talks business

    By Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Enes Kanter said he is not concerned with whether he starts or comes off the bench next season, although a part of his unhappiness in Utah stemmed from a lack of playing time.

  • Steve Novak compares Thunder fans to Packer fans

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Steve Novak grew up in Wisconsin. Which means he’s a Green Bay Packers fan. And in Novak’s two months with the Thunder, he sees a lot of cheese-like quality in Oklahoma City’s fandom. The airport reception at 12:45 a.m. Thursday removed all doubt. Hundreds of Thunder fans greeted the team upon its arrival back from […]

  • The game that REALLY kept the Thunder out of the playoffs

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    When the Spurs rally fell short Wednesday night, and the Thunder remained tied with New Orleans in the standings, and the realization set in that the Thunder would not make the 2015 NBA playoffs, we all thought back to that February night at Chesapeake Arena when Anthony Davis made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to […]

  • Thunder has no one to blame for missing playoffs but itself

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The injuries to Kevin Durant (throughout the season) and Serge Ibaka (down the stretch) kept the Thunder from being a championship contender. That’s not what kept the Thunder from outsprinting New Orleans, which had its own injury problems, by the way. This race wasn’t a final-day decision. It’s not the Spurs’ job to look out for the Thunder.

  • What might have been: Stars that passed through Oklahoma

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Jahlil Okafor is from Chicago, has spent a year at Duke and soon will be on his way to the NBA. But Okafor passed through Oklahoma on Tuesday night to receive the Wayman Tisdale Award as the nation’s top freshman basketball player. It wasn’t his first time passing through our state. Okafor lived in the […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Is the Thunder playoff bound? What's to make of OU's spring game? What can we look for during OSU's spring game? Ask Berry Tramel on the live chat from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

  • Did Russell Westbrook learn a valuable lesson?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A whistle went against Russell Westbrook on Monday night. I don’t remember which play, but it was a call that could have gone either way. Like a hundred others every night in an NBA game. Only this time, Westbrook turned and ran back down court. No glaring. No pleading. No arguing. No anger. Maybe Westbrook […]

  • Good news for the Thunder: The Spurs need to win

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    To make the NBA playoffs, the Thunder needs the Spurs to win Wednesday night at New Orleans. Good news for the Thunder. The Spurs have plenty of incentive to win. With a victory against New Orleans, the Spurs secure the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. If the Spurs lose to the Pelicans, San […]

  • Oklahoma football: Dede Westbrook can have an impact

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Mark Andrews and Jeffrey Mead were OU Spring Game stars. But I thought the most encouraging receiver development from Saturday was the play of Dede Westbrook. The junior college transfer didn’t have a ton of production, but what we saw from Westbrook showed that OU coaches seem to be counting on him for the 2015 […]

  • Can James Harden catch Russell Westbrook for NBA scoring title?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Russell Westbrook appears to have the NBA scoring title wrapped up. After a 101-90 Thunder victory over Portland on Monday night, Westbrook is averaging 28.015 points a game. James Harden is Westbrook’s chief pursuer; Harden had 26 points Monday night in Houston’s 100-90 victory at Charlotte. Harden now is averaging 27.513 points a game. The […]

  • Oklahoma football: Spring game features more dubious decision-making from Sooner quarterbacks

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The good news for OU quarterbacking is that Lincoln Riley has a lot of experienced veterans from which to pick. The bad news is they all have shown a tendency to throw interceptions.

  • Oklahoma spring game report card: Secondary nabs four interceptions from Sooners' quartet of quarterbacks

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The quartet of QBs combined to complete 26 of 43 passes, 60.4 percent, which isn’t terrible, but it came with four interceptions.

  • Dion Waiters has become a valuable hand for the short-handed Thunder

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 116-103 Friday night in a must-win game, and Waiters played 40 minutes for the third time in the last five games. In this crazy Thunder season of injuries, Waiters has become the most dependable Boomer in terms of availability. He hasn’t missed a game, and his workload is increasing.

  • Hey, Mark Cuban, the NBA can help itself

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Mark Cuban doesn’t like college basketball. He’s on high ground there, with most of us. Cuban wants the college game to change because it would help the NBA. But the NBA needs to help itself. “If they want to keep kids in school and keep them from being pro players, they’re doing it the exact […]

  • Eighty-one years of health and joy, and when the health went, the joy didn't

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Berry Tramel’s mom had a sardonic wit, complete with phrases he’s passed around the sports department. If you ever hear one of us call somebody a nothingburger, you’ll know from whom it came.

  • Joe Don Looney's father had quite the life

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Twenty years ago, Brent Clark penned Third Down & Forever, the biography of enigmatic OU football star Joe Don Looney. Looney was the star of the 1962 OU-Syracuse game, became a standout that season, then was booted from the team by the Texas game of 1963. Looney was a different personality. Not a media-inspired character […]

  • Memphis rout means a very good night for the Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Wednesday night was a good night for the Thunder. A very good night. Not a great night. But a very good night. Foremost, the Pelicans lost to Memphis, dropping New Orleans back into a tie with the Thunder for the eighth spot in the Western Conference. The Pelicans still have the tiebreaker, but at least […]

  • Eddie LeBaron: Quite a life

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    On Sept. 24, 1960, a Saturday night at the Cotton Bowl, on the first play in Dallas Cowboys history, the ball was snapped to Eddie LeBaron. Later that first quarter, LeBaron threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Jim Doran. The NFL had arrived in Texas. LeBaron died last week, at age 85, and he had […]

  • Masters predictions: Jason Day's time

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The Masters starts Thursday, and all eyes will be on Tiger and Rory. But I’ll be pulling for the classy Australian who I’ve vowed to pick in every major until he wins one. Here’s my projected top 20: Jason Day: Hasn’t really exploded like it looked like he might, but he seems to always be […]




Berry Tramel Today at 9:34 AM Finally, a little parity comes to the NBA LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 04 2015 04:10:39 PM CST How the NFL Draft helps boost Mason Rudolph's stock even more LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 04 2015 02:56:34 PM CST A Florida alum hails Billy Donovan's commitment to community LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 04 2015 09:52:02 AM CST Gregg Popovich wants NBA playoff procedure changed LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 03 2015 06:51:39 PM CST The life and legend of Billy the Kid — the basketball coach — almost never happened LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, May. 02 2015 08:50:46 PM CST OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan faces tough task to win in first year with Thunder LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, May. 02 2015 05:50:16 PM CST Billy Donovan: How have college coaches fared in the NBA? LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, May. 02 2015 01:51:30 PM CST Jack Ramsay's advice for college coaches jumping to the NBA LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 01 2015 08:07:55 PM CST Leadership, substance are accents that make Billy Donovan a fine hire LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 01 2015 06:12:16 PM CST Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah has the best name LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 01 2015 12:55:32 PM CST David Thorpe says Billy Donovan is going to be a lot like Scott Brooks LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 01 2015 09:18:16 AM CST Similarities abound between Billy Donovan and Barry Switzer LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 08:59:48 PM CST Is hiring Billy Donovan a risk? Aside from Gregg Popovich, Mike Krzyzewski, who isn't? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:35:58 PM CST What does Sam Presti really mean when he talks about Billy Donovan? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 11:31:25 AM CST 1975 OU linebacker Jamie Thomas dies LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 09:42:18 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 09:41:40 AM CST Freshmen ineligibility would help college basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 29 2015 04:46:41 PM CST 2015 NBA playoffs haven't matched 2014 LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 29 2015 04:05:30 PM CST The Billy Donovan/Rick Pitino union almost never happened LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 29 2015 02:32:13 PM CST Billy Donovan's list of Florida players in the NBA is impressive LINK

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