Three questions with Berry Tramel from the Power Lunch chat

Berry Tramel jumped on the Power Lunch chat today, answering some of your questions on OU and OSU basketball, the Thunder's cap situation and the Sooners' outlook in football for 2014. Here are some of the highlights:
by Berry Tramel Modified: February 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014

More Kendrick Perkins
Jeff 11:42 a.m. I have no problem with the role Perkins plays on the team, but his salary will keep us from re signing Thabo next year and I think we need Thabo back. They have to amnesty Perkins and use the cap savings for Thabo and the draft picks and maybe add a veteran Big or shooter.
Berry Tramel 11:42 a.m. Thabo will not command much money. There is not a big market for defensive specialists who are almost 30 and not that good on offense. I doubt Thabo would cost more than $7 million over two years. $3.5M per year.
Michael Sam and the media
Cross Timber 11:36 a.m. Here's one for you to tackle Berry...why does society/media glorify homosexuality (ie Michael Sam)? I'm not one of these homophobic people who thinks gay people are the worst thing in our society. But I also don't think that lifestyle should be glorified and put up on a pedestal (and I think the vast majority of your readers are probably with me). Thoughts?
Berry Tramel 11:39 a.m. I don't know if it's being glorified, but I do think the media is asking everyone to accept it. You can be tolerant without acceptance, if you know what I mean. I think a lot of media isn't really asking for tolerance. They're asking everyone to accept it. I think there's a difference.
Death of Big 12 expansion?
Jack 11:24 a.m. Berry. I think with the new 4 team play off in College football expansion in the Big 12 is dead. And I think the Big 12 should have tried to get Louisville and Cincy in the fold. What do you think?
Berry Tramel 11:26 a.m. The playoff should have no effect on the Big 12. Everyone is fighting the SEC hype machine, but if the Big 12 will produce a top-flight team, it should be OK. OSU would have made the four-teamer in 2011. Nobody would have made it in 2013. NO one deserved to make it. Sure, the Big 12 should have jumped on Louisville; could have added the 'Ville and stayed at 11., if need be.

Read the full chat transcript here.

by Berry Tramel
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...
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