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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Berry Tramel is live on the Power Lunch chat, talking Thunder offseason, the U.S. Open, and more. Questions and comments? Get them in now and join Berry at 11 a.m.

  • NBA Pacific Division offers all kinds of rosters

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    The NBA’s Pacific Division offers it all when it comes to salary status. Promising roster with a low payroll (Suns), excellent roster just below the luxury tax (Clippers), quality roster with some room to spend (Warriors), bad roster with little maneuverability (Kings) and no roster at all (Lakers). We continue our series on how each […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Was Caron Butler the right choice for OKC, and will he be back?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    THUNDER ROUNDTABLE — The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Caron Butler.

  • NBA salaries & contracts: Southwest Division

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    The Spurs have lots of money to spend. The Rockets are looking to deal. The Mavericks are remaking their roster. In other words, everything’s normal. We continue a series looking at each NBA team, a division a day, and how its roster is impacted by contract status. Today: the Southwest Division. A few items to […]

  • NBA Finals: Welcome to the routed club, Miami

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Remember the helpless feeling of Thunder fans – heck, of Thunder players and Thunder coaches and Thunder mascots and Thunder anything – when the Spurs roared to runaway leads in Games 1, 2 and 5? The natural feeling is to analyze your own squad. Make excuses or make scapegoats. Blame it on Serge Ibaka’s absence […]

  • NBA owners aren’t standing on solid ethical ground in fight against Donald Sterling

    Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Donald Sterling is a social buffoon and a reprehensible businessman and maybe, just maybe, a demented old man. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong. Sterling’s on-again, off-again fight with the league that made him famous apparently is on again. The deposed Los Angeles Clippers owner says he’ll fight the NBA’s attempts to sell his franchise to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. “WHY I AM FIGHTING THE NBA? THE NBA WANTS TO TAKE AWAY OUR PRIVACY RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH.” That’s how Sterling entitled his statement Monday that announced his fight to keep his franchise and his plans to sue the league for $1 billion. That freedom of speech reference is over the top. Freedom of speech is a governmental

  • NBA salaries & contracts: the Northwest Division

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    The NBA offseason approaches. The draft on June 26, free-agency in July. Some rosters will change significantly, some barely at all. Today we’ll start a series looking at each NBA team, a division a day, and how it’s roster is impacted by contract status. A few items to remember: the luxury tax threshold for 2014-15 […]

  • OU-Texas: Much to celebrate about Cotton Bowl commitment

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    OU-Texas is committed to staying at Fair Park in Dallas through 2025. Dallas civic leader Pete Schenkel announced the agreement Tuesday. You can read the Dallas Morning News story here. The decision is not a surprise. In recent years, momentum to move the game to the schools’ campuses has been squelched, as Dallas made improvements […]

  • Derek Fisher: Novice coach for a novice president

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Rats. Derek Fisher is going to coach the Knickerbockers. A guy who’s impossible to pull against coaching a franchise that’s impossible to pull for. Oh well. It’s not like our rooting interest is going to sway the balance of power in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. We’ll just watch with interest Fisher’s coaching odyssey from a […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Hasheem Thabeet

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabeet.

  • NBA Finals: How to solve the flopping flap

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Manu Ginobili took a swipe at the basketball Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Ginobili’s hand probably got within, I don’t know, two feet of Dwyane Wade’s face. Wade’s head jerked backed like he had been slugged by a Rock’em Sock’em Robot. Referee Jason Phillips blew his whistle and called a foul on […]

  • NBA Finals Game 2: Missed foul shots & Birdman

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The Heat beat the Spurs 98-96 Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and the verdict wasn’t complicated. With 6:43 left in the game, the Spurs led 87-85 and over the next 10 seconds got four foul shots. Great foul shooting would have given San Antonio a six-point lead with 6 1/2 minutes […]

  • College football schedules: Florida State ranks No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Florida State has the nation’s best non-conference schedule. And nothing is even close. The Seminoles play OSU, Notre Dame and Florida among their four non-conference foes. What is this? 1976? Florida State’s schedule does college football proud. I’ve ranked all 64 non-conference schedules from the Power 5 leagues, and the ACC acquits itself well. Florida […]

  • California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn went Sore Loser Supreme after Belmont

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    A sport that could have used a much-needed boost from Triple Crown headlines instead made news of a different sort. Boorish behavior isn’t limited to the sports that use a ball.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Looking back on Derek Fisher's Thunder tenure

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Derek Fisher.

  • On the outside: A look at the schools most adversely affected by conference realignment

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Conference realignment has left many schools outside the circle of influence and prosperity. And some of those schools once were inside the circle. Here are the universities most adversely affected by conference realignment and their prospects for returning to the circle.

  • Changes in college athletics leave major-conference outsiders more desperate to get in

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall wants to be in the Big 12. But no Big 12 invitation is likely anytime soon, and BYU and other football-serious schools clearly are sweating in this uneasy age of collegiate athletics.

  • Oklahoma football: More on Bob Stoops' job responsibilities

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    I wrote about Bob Stoops and coaching salaries in the Friday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. But Stoops had some other things to say about his job requirements that were fairly interesting. I thought I would share: On fundraising: “I find we have with President Boren, Joe Castiglione and on and on and […]

  • SEC football: Few schools play a representative schedule

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Time to analyze the SEC’s non-conference schedule. Although there’s not much to analyze. Pitiful run of opponents. Georgia, as usual, more than carries its weight. Nobody else really does. The SEC, despite its well-deserved reputation as the nation’s best conference, does not schedule worthy of such status. Every school in the SEC is playing a […]




Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 10 2014 01:32:28 PM CST Italy travelblog: Glad to be home LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 09 2014 09:23:15 AM CST Italy travelblog: Arrivederci, Roma LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 08 2014 09:14:07 AM CST Italy travelblog: Touring OU's monastery LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:36:29 AM CST Italy travelblog: Cooking under the Tuscan sun LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 06 2014 11:38:37 AM CST Italy travelblog: Antiques in antiquity LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jul. 05 2014 12:40:20 PM CST Italy travelblog: 4th of July in the ancient city of Arezzo LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 04 2014 05:45:51 PM CST Italy travelblog: We interrupt this trip to drive a Ferrari LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 03 2014 09:58:18 AM CST Italy travelblog: A gondola ride ends a day without wheels LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 02 2014 09:13:25 AM CST Italy travelblog: 34 years late, we make it to Venice LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 01 2014 07:29:09 PM CST Oklahoma football: Sooners reach a compromise on uniforms LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 01 2014 09:26:26 AM CST Italy travelblog: St. Peter's trumps the Sistene Chapel LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 30 2014 09:02:52 AM CST Italy travelblog: The Colosseum takes you back in time LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jun. 29 2014 09:06:03 AM CST Italy Travelblog: Lots of history, but where are the bathrooms? LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jun. 28 2014 09:16:19 AM CST Italy travelblog: Spanish Steps & the Gelato Nazi LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jun. 27 2014 05:10:32 AM CST Italy travelblog: Surviving a nine-hour flight LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jun. 26 2014 11:32:09 AM CST Guess who's going to Italy? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jun. 26 2014 09:36:44 AM CST Oklahoma football: Memories of a falling pressbox LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jun. 25 2014 10:12:20 AM CST Sam Presti: How far above the norm are the Thunder drafts? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 24 2014 04:34:28 PM CST OU football: Details for proposed renovations to Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 24 2014 04:34:28 PM CST OU football: Luxury suites, new weight room, fan amenities included in stadium renovation proposal LINK