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.


  • Oklahoma football: What will Cale Gundy do with so many tailbacks?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    On rare occasions, Cale Gundy has gone into an OU spring wondering what he might do at tailback. Not this season. Gundy has to be going into spring 2015 wondering what he will do with all his tailbacks. Samaje Perine is a star. Keith Ford is proven. Alex Ross has had his moments. Rodney Anderson […]

  • Oklahoma football: Why did Josh Wariboko pick UCLA?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    OU football suffered a disappointing development Wednesday when Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali signed with UCLA. Not OU, his homestate school. Not Ohio State, the defending national champion. But UCLA, which, let’s be frank, is a perennial underachiever in college football. We always wonder why a kid decides to forego OU or OSU and head […]

  • OSU football: Bedlam victory in Norman excited OSU signee, Norman QB John Kolar

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    NORMAN — John Kolar grew up an OU fan. Grew up going to games at Owen Field. So the afternoon of Dec. 6 was a little strange. “Especially to be in that stadium and cheering for a different team is definitely a weird feeling,” Kolar said. “But it was great. It was so fun.” OSU’s 38-35 overtime victory in Bedlam thrilled Kolar because he’s now a Cowboy. The quarterback from Norman North ceremoniously signed with OSU on Wednesday morning, but he’s been in Stillwater for three weeks, already enrolled and attending classes at OSU. “I grew up an OU fan my whole life,” Kolar said. “But when the opportunity came, I fell in love with it (OSU).” Kolar’s OU ties run deep. His father, Randy, is an OU

  • Thunder-Pelicans get a jump on the playoffs

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Welcome to the playoffs. February style. The Thunder plays the Pelicans on Wednesday night in New Orleans, then returns home and plays the Pelicans on Friday night in Oklahoma City. And when the Thunder looks up at the nine teams ahead of OKC in the Western Conference standings, the first team the Boomers see is […]

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners make West Virginia pay for their pressure defense

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    OU constantly attacked Bob Huggins’ defense of choice and won 71-52 in a Big 12 showdown of ranked teams.

  • Nick Collison: Mr. Thunder a quality teammate

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

      Nick Collison is averaging 16 minutes a game. That’s a career low. Collison is averaging 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Those are career lows. And it’s a long career. This is Collison’s 11th NBA season, not counting the year he missed because of injury right out of the University of Kansas. A […]

  • Seattle Seahawks: Who are the bad guys?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    I assume your house was the same as my house on Super Bowl Sunday. Unless you had a particular connection to the Patriots or Seahawks — your brother was Russell Okung’s friend at OSU, your mother lives in Boston — you were cheering for Seattle. My wife and her sister were as serious about this […]

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Another great seat at Gallagher-Iba Arena

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    I went to the Bedlam basketball game Saturday night in Stillwater. It was my first game at Gallagher-Iba Arena this season. And just like last season, my plan was to find a spare ticket and sit in a seat from which I could see. I wrote about it last season, how the beat writers at […]

  • Super Bowl commercials: Which ranks No. 1?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Some Super Sundays, the Super Bowl commercials trump the Super Bowl game. Not Sunday night, of course, not with that New England-Seattle morality play that was a game for the ages. But the commercials always are worth watching. Here are the 10 best I saw: 1. BMW & the vintage Today Show hosts: When Katie […]

  • Big 12 basketball: OU fourth, OSU eighth

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    The Big 12 basketball race has reached the halfway mark for four teams (OSU, OU, Kansas State and Texas Tech), reaches the halfway mark for Kansas and Iowa State on Monday night does the same for the rest of the league by mid-week. And now we have a clear view of where the teams rank. […]

  • Super Bowl 49: Give Pete Carroll credit for his explanation

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    The Seattle Seahawks lost a Super Bowl they should have won, which frankly is only fair, since the Seahawks won an NFC Championship Game they should have lost. What goes around comes around in the NFL. Pete Carroll and staff made a bonehead call that likely cost the Seahawks victory. I think it’s a bigger […]

  • Patriots won the Super Bowl because it put the ball in Tom Brady's hands

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Brady matched Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw by quarterbacking four NFL champions, and this was Brady’s shining moment. The largest fourth-quarter rally in Super Bowl history. This might be the game that lifts him to the top of football’s Mount Quarterback.

  • Multi-sport Oklahomans: A look at some football stars from Oklahoma who excelled at multiple sports

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    A list of some notable multi-sport athletes from Oklahoma high schools who went on to have standout careers in college and beyond.

  • Bedlam basketball: Sooners come to life with fast-break flurries

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    OU trailed by as many as 12 in the first half and by seven at halftime but rallied from both deficits with fast-break flurries.

  • Super Bowl XLIX: 49 people who will impact Super Bowl 49

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    The Super Bowl always offers fascinating personalities and story lines. Some you know about, some you don’t. In honor of Super Bowl 49, here are 49 people who will impact your Super Sunday.

  • Why do Russell Westbrook and Marshawn Lynch have to talk, but Clay Bennett and Roger Goodell do not?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    I had dinner with a friend Tuesday night. Not a big sports fan. Not much of a sports fan at all. Really big stories reach his radar. Not much else. But he’s nominally interested in the Thunder, because everyone in the state is eat up with the Thunder. And Mark had a good question for […]

  • Oklahoma football: Delayed football stadium renovations should not affect recruiting

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Not even OU president David Boren can command the price of oil, especially when its precipitous drop coincides with a disastrous Sooner season. So the start of the $370 million project likely will be delayed. Not 10 years, not five, but perhaps until December 2016.

  • Super Bowl 49: Can defense lift Seattle again?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Nobody much remembers, but Super Bowl 48 was not a pick’em game. The Broncos were 21/2-point favorites. Strange, don’t you think? Hard to remember a time when we thought of Denver and Seattle as peers. About 15 seconds after kickoff, it was clear that the Seahawks were not just the better team, but the vastly […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Maybe the problem is, they're just not that good

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    We keep waiting for the Thunder to click. For the light to come on. For this team to kick into gear and play like it has the previous four seasons. Maybe it’s time to admit the click isn’t going to happen. The light’s not going to come on. This Thunder team just isn’t that good. […]

  • Don't forget, Ernie Banks was a great ballplayer, too

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Ernie Banks died last weekend. All of Chicago and much of Baseball America celebrated a life well lived and a career well played. But I’m not sure fans appreciate Mr. Cub for what he was. It’s been 44 years since Banks retired. It’s been 54 years since Banks was in his prime. My impression is, […]




Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 05 2015 06:04:46 PM CST OU football: Sooners' sideline confusion, fury could be curbed by moving Mike Stoops to the press box LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 05 2015 05:14:24 PM CST Oklahoma football: Will Lincoln Riley offense take pressure off offensive line? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 05 2015 05:14:23 PM CST Russell Westbrook's company: NBA giants LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 05 2015 09:50:24 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook masks miserable performance LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 04 2015 06:17:42 PM CST A fun night at Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 04 2015 04:34:13 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: Heisman talk, OSU's hoops 'rise', and Big 12 Tournament picks LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 04 2015 10:59:32 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 04 2015 09:54:29 AM CST Will college football's Big Bowl go cold weather? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 11:49:23 PM CST A baseball feat from long ago LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 06:13:05 PM CST Why Philadelphia 76ers GM and Marlow native Sam Hinkie is losing big by design LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 01:47:37 PM CST Markel Brown: Look who's starting in Brooklyn LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 10:37:41 AM CST Another epic collapse for OU basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 02 2015 10:42:53 AM CST Thunder starting lineup in a constant state of flux LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 02 2015 09:40:00 AM CST OU basketball in great shape for Omaha LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 01 2015 08:40:29 PM CST This Thunder season has gone from cursed to crazy LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 07:27:53 PM CST Evidence says name brand programs will get the selection committee's nod every time LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 04:17:19 PM CST NBA pulls back the veil more on officiating LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:43:57 PM CST Thunder in trouble if it can't defend the pick-and-roll LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 09:35:23 AM CST Can schools police students who rush the court? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 06:17:00 PM CST College basketball: Student attendance might suffer, but the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby is right about getting behav... LINK

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