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Berry Tramel
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 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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Tramel: Hailing the life of Oklahoma Hall of Fame football coach Joe Tunnell bonds Rush Springs, Lindsay

RUSH SPRINGS — Rush Springs High School band members crossed West Blakely Street and headed down the hill to the football...

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Tramel's ScissorTales: Can Blake Griffin help the Brooklyn Nets? Who will win the Big 12 Tournament?

Probably 15 years ago, then-Oklahoman deputy sports editor Mike Koehler asked me if I would start blogging. I barely knew what...

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‘It’s too many this year’: Barry Switzer pained by recent deaths of his former OU football players

Barry Switzer took the stage at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, dozens of his players among the mourners at Grant Burget’s...

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Tramel: Why Oklahoma State's win at West Virginia was one of Cowboys' best since Eddie Sutton era

West Virginia forged a 67-67 tie with 5:25 left in a Big 12 basketball game Saturday, and Mike Boynton’s OSU lineup was reduced...

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Thunder roundtable: How many All-Star games are in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's future?

The first half of the NBA season is in the books, and it’s time for everyone to take a breath before another 36-game sprint...

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Oklahoma State's Chad Weiberg knew at an early age he wanted to be a major-college athletic director

The Weiberg house in Tonkawa had a finished basement, which served as the bedroom for oldest son Chad. But that basement also...

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'We control our destiny': Why the Thunder's future looks awfully bright at NBA All-Star break

The Thunder had the Spurs in trouble, but the tide turns fast in the NBA. The Thunder led 99-97, less than 2½ minutes left in...

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Tramel: OU basketball slumping, but Sooners coach Lon Kruger finds the sunny side

Lon Kruger is not so much an eternal optimist. It’s more like he’s in an eternal good mood. Kruger finds the sunny side. Sooner...

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Tramel: Why Cade Cunningham's ankle isn't Oklahoma State's only concern heading into Big 12 Tournament

Cade Cunningham stepped on Davion Mitchell’s foot and fell to the hardwood with 42.8 seconds left in a game that already was...

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Tramel: Thunder's no-fan decision for games at Chesapeake Energy Arena seems to be supported by fans

Jonathon Clinesmith is a Thunder fan who doesn’t get to watch his team much. Clinesmith, who lives in southwest Oklahoma City,...

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Tramel: Misunderstood Mike Holder strived for excellence in 55 years at Oklahoma State

To most of us, Mike Holder is one strange ranger. Stoic. Guarded. Off-putting. But smart. Impactful. Successful. The solicitor...

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Tramel: The stats don't lie. Thunder now has NBA's least-efficient offense. Can OKC fix it?

On Jan. 31, 2015, the Thunder lost to Memphis 85-74. That was the lost season in OKC pro basketball history. The year most...

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Tramel: Why NFL timing helps Jalen Hurts and hurt Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow retired from baseball last week. Perhaps you’re like me. You didn’t know Tebow still was playing baseball. The Tebow...

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Tramel: Pandemic forced every basketball team at state to State Fair Arena. Let's make the move permanent

State Fair Arena was different Tuesday. No fans grouped outside locker rooms, to celebrate victories and commiserate defeats....

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Tramel: Oklahoma State sweeps Bedlam basketball, with best player Cade Cunningham & then the better team

Over 56 hours in recent days, our state was blessed with 85 minutes of Bedlam basketball. Two glorious games that showed that...

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Tramel: Can Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman repeat the Baker Mayfield story?

A Texas high school quarterback wins the Texas Tech starting job as a true freshman, has a quite promising start, but injuries...

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Tramel: Is Baylor even No. 1 in Big 12 basketball after COVID layoff?

Baylor is on the verge of the Big 12 basketball championship. That’s right. The Bears have not yet secured the title. A 2021...

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Tramel: Cade Cunningham's 40 points & Oklahoma State's overtime victory remind us how great Bedlam can be

A victory push from Kalib Boone. Chest bumps from Isaac Likekele, Chris Harris and Bernard Kouma. A head hug from Keylan...

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OU football: Grant Burget, Barry Switzer's original halfback with Sooners, dies at age 69

OU football’s Barry Switzer era began with a game at Baylor on Sept. 15, 1973. The Sooners won 42-14, but Switzer was...

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Tramel: Tanking is tough for Thunder when teams like the Hawks are on the schedule

Thunder and Hawks have the same record, though their goals are vastly different

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Tramel: Go ahead and change the 50-year-old NBA logo from Jerry West, just don't make it Kobe Bryant

Kyrie Irving wants the NBA to change the league’s logo from a silhouette of Jerry West to a silhouette of Kobe Bryant. And...

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Tramel: Lu Dort joins the Buzzer-Beater Club in Thunder's win vs. Spurs

The 750th buzzer-beater in NBA history came from Lu Dort, whose shot sometimes falters but his confidence is unwavering

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Tramel: Was UCF's pick of Gus Malzahn the best move 2021 college football coaching carousel?

Only 15 schools in major college football switched coaches for 2021; here's how they rank

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Tramel: Have COVID interruptions stopped Brady Manek's and OU basketball's momentum?

Manek's second straight 1-of-7 shooting game contributes to another poor Sooner performance

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Will O'Brate Stadium do for Oklahoma State baseball what Allie P. did 40 years ago? Ask Tom Holliday

Tom and Kathy Holliday drove into Stillwater on an August day in 1977 and went straight to the OSU baseball park. He had just...

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Tramel: Thunder just not good enough against hungry Heat

Rash of turnovers turns a Thunder lead into a Miami rout

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Tramel: Cade Cunningham must stop fouling if Oklahoma State is going to make a run in NCAA Tournament

OSU is 3-1 when Cunningham gets in serious foul trouble, but that success is not sustainable

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Why Big 12 basketball schedule-makers have a mess on their hands? It’s not just about the Baylor Bears

Baylor still has nine games left to play and could be facing back-to-backs

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Tramel: Thunder needs Cavaliers' NBA Draft lottery luck, not their drafting acumen

Cavs' rebuilding is a cautionary tale that franchises must draft well

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Tramel: Big 12 Now can be frustrating, but streaming ballgames is here to stay

As the OU-West Virginia basketball game hit crunch time on Valentine’s Eve, reaching overtime and then another, the score...

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Tramel: OU basketball turned desperate, in a good way, to win at Iowa State

OU gets its first win at Iowa State in a decade, but it wasn't easy

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Could Hank Aaron pass Barry Bonds as baseball’s home-run champ? Negro League inclusion is the key

At first, Bob Kendrick wasn’t excited by the news that the glory days of baseball’s Negro Leagues, 1920-48, would be added to...

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Tramel: Thunder now avoiding blowout losses, which is encouraging

When the Thunder was off to a decent start, blowout losses were a warning sign

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Tramel: Darrell Royal, Jim Owens lead the OU football alums ranking of head coaches

Bud Wilkinson produced a bunch of great head coaches from his OU player ranks

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Tramel: Could Blake Griffin leave the Pistons for his hometown Thunder? Here's why it's unlikely

Blake Griffin signed a five-year, $171 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in summer 2017. The Clippers had buyer’s...

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Tramel: When Al Horford sits, the Thunder struggles. That's good news for his trade value.

The Thunder without Horford most definitely is a lesser team

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Tramel: Thunder showing that epic NBA comebacks are becoming almost normal

The Thunder trailed the Portland Trail Blazers 82-58 midway through the third quarter Tuesday night. The game seemed over. But...

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Tramel: OU football has played against the MAC less than any other major-college conference

Kent State will become just the fourth Mid-American Conference opponent for the Sooners

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Tramel: Mike Stoops made a 'career-saving' decision to work for Nick Saban after OU football tenure ended

Mike Stoops sounds the same. Same as he did when pounding the coaching-booth table for Kansas State and when being the brash...

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Stoops apologized, then gave Riley an out

The Texas debacle left Mike Stoops knowing Riley was in a bad spot

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Tramel: NBA lottery lunacy — Thunder has a better record than Houston or Miami

All kinds of NBA teams have fascinating records, including this -- OKC has a better record than either of its lottery links,...

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Tramel: How the Big 12 is challenging Big Ten for college basketball supremacy

Both Big 12 & Big Ten have seven teams likely headed for the NCAAs, but the Big Ten has some longshots, too

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Tramel: Can former Sooners QB Josh Heupel last long enough to coach Volunteers vs. OU football in 2024?

Sept. 7, 2024, could provide an interesting reunion on the banks of the Tennessee River. If Josh Heupel can last that long as...

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Tramel: 'Big-time' win for Lon Kruger's Sooners at West Virginia caps special day for OU basketball

Lon Kruger stopped to grab a headset before exiting the West Virginia Coliseum court Saturday. The broadcast crew wanted a...

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Tramel: How Thunder proved Bobby Knight a little bit right in loss at Nuggets

Hurry back, SGA, but the Thunder fought hard without its point guard

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Tramel: Long wait for football is over with FCS opener of Tarleton State-McNeese State

Every Super Bowl comes with sadness, no matter the final score. Football is finished. The gridiron goes dark for at least six...

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Tramel: Why Oklahoma State basketball needs an Isaac Likekele revival before March Madness

Cowboys need Likekele, which means they might need to sit him down for a rest

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Tramel: Why Lu Dort is the best of the Thunder's all-time defensive aces

Luguentz Dort keeps jacking up 3-pointers. And missing. Missing badly, in most cases. Dort has missed 13 straight from deep....

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Tramel: OU basketball's Elijah Harkless latest example of Lon Kruger's coaching acumen

Lon Kruger is quite a basketball coach. Even if sometimes we forget. Kruger has been head coach of teams that have had our...

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Tramel: What the Thunder can learn from LeBron James

The Thunder didn't seem intimidated by LeBron this time, but maybe OKC can learn from the all-time great

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Tramel: How Thunder roster swings make Mark Daigneault adjust on the fly

In a two-game series with Minnesota, Thunder coach Mark Daigneault had to be mentally agile

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Tramel: Why Jalen Hurts' philanthropy shows the former OU quarterback has a rare 'generous spirit'

Jalen Hurts was in Oklahoma for barely a year. We hardly knew him, and that wasn’t just because of the limited time. Hurts was...

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Tramel: Big 12 basketball teams help each other with March Madness

Sooners, Cowboys still in great position for good NCAA Tournament seeding

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Tramel: Defense gives Oklahoma State basketball a chance to roll

Longhorns shot barely 25 percent from the field and less than that from 3-point range

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Super Bowl LV: Meet the 55 people who make Buccaneers vs. Chiefs intriguing

Fifty-five people will make Super Bowl LV something to behold. Here are the Buccaneers, Chiefs, broadcasters and more you’re...

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Tramel: Oklahoma State football can't even take pride in Tyreek Hill, its Super Bowl star

Penn State put out a tweet the other day. “A Penn Stater Has Appeared In EVERY SUPER BOWL.” And underneath that proclamation,...

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Tramel: Surprise, surprise! Thunder plays a close game

The Thunder has played scant few close games after excelling in such situations a year ago

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Brady is not the better quarterback in the game, but Tampa Bay's defense is stout

19 years ago against the Rams, the Patriots overcame Brady's lack of quarterbacking status; maybe the same plot will happen

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Tramel: Why Cade Cunningham's quick shot was such a bad decision in Oklahoma State's loss at TCU

OSU's odds of winning at TCU were great -- until Cunningham's quick shot

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Tramel: Why OU basketball can make a deep NCAA Tournament run in this crazy COVID season

Some teams, like Tech, can take advantage of Reaves' absence

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Tramel: If the Thunder must win, beating the Rockets is best

Houston's lottery odds are integral to the Thunder's fortunes

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Tramel: Transfer portal has upstaged National Signing Day — and there's nothing wrong with that

When the Baker Mayfield craze hit Norman in 2015, I called my pal, OU historian Mike Brooks, and suggested we do an all-time...

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Tramel: Thunder defense slipping rapidly against Nets & Rockets. Can OKC snap out of it?

Thunder falls all the way to 26th in NBA defensive efficiency

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Tramel: Should Cade Cunningham start taking over even earlier for Oklahoma State basketball?

Cade Cunningham pulled off his usual crunch-time heroics Saturday. No one was surprised. A 3-point play off a floater. A...

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Tramel: Tom Brady's Antique Roadshow shows that some Super Bowl hopefuls are only a QB away

The Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions swapped quarterbacks over the weekend. Matthew Stafford to LA, Jared Goff to Motown,...

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Tramel: Big 12 basketball in great shape for NCAA Tournament

OU is as high as a No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament projections

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Tramel: Brady Manek returns to form right on cue for OU basketball vs. Alabama

What goes around comes around, especially in a pandemic. So Lon Kruger’s basketball team, which beat short-handed Texas earlier...

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Tramel: Thunder lottery plan is working, as Nets' 147-125 rout shows

The Thunder's 8-10 record belies the likely destiny for this Thunder team

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Tramel: Kevin Durant, James Harden & Co. gave Thunder some wonder years. Time to look back fondly.

With 3:54 left in the second quarter, James Harden checked back into the game, replacing Thabo Sefolosha. Awaiting on the floor...

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Tramel: How Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander channels former OKC teammate Chris Paul

Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could score a lot more, but he, like Suns' Chris Paul, is quarterbacking a team

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Tramel: Time for Josh Heupel to exit Scott Frost Boulevard

Frost & Heupel both won big at Central Florida, but Frost has cratered at Nebraska; will Heupel?

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Tramel: How the Thunder's Breakfast Club beat the Trail Blazers

Pokusevski's 3-pointer ignites big run that lifts Thunder

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Texas AD Chris Del Conte replaces OU's Joe Castiglione on College Football Playoff committee

The College Football Playoff committee is replacing a Sooner for a Longhorn. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte is one of...

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Tramel: Oklahoma State basketball won't apologize for sloppy win at Iowa State

Boynton knows about being short-handed, but that's no reason to take pity on the Cyclones

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Tramel: Could OU football have thrived under Larry Scott's Pac-16?

Larry Scott lost his job last week. He was Pac-12 commissioner for almost 11 years. The Pac presidents fired him over general...

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Tramel: Big 12 could be underdogs in majority of SEC Challenge games

The Big 12 is considered one of the nation's best basketball leagues this season, but will that hold up vs. SEC?

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Tramel: Was Hank Aaron the most underrated superstar in American sports history?

Hank Aaron was No. 1 on the list for decade after decade before finally he fell to No. 2, in 2004. That’s when David Aardsma...

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Tramel: How OU football alum Daryl Williams connected with Bills Mafia

Daryl Williams drove home from Bills Stadium on Sept. 13, his first game as a Buffalo blocker. The Bills had beaten the Jets...

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Tramel: Serge Ibaka reminds Thunder what they traded almost 5 years ago

Ibaka was strong, with 17 points, 11 rebounds and only one missed shot

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Green Bay has a stellar homefield playoff record, but Kansas City does not

In this pandemic season, will homefield continue to not really matter?

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Tramel: Thunder & other small markets do well in the NBA, but small markets thrive in the NFL

The Packers and the Bills are in National Football League conference championship games Sunday. A Green Bay-Buffalo Super Bowl...

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Tramel: OU-Nebraska, Clemson-Georgia among college football's top 2021 non-conference games

From Ohio State-Oregon to Notre Dame-Southern Cal, great non-conference games should return to the gridiron in 2021

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Tramel: Show a little grace to the OSSAA when state basketball playoffs begin in February

High school basketball needs a favor. Not coaches. Not players. Not administrators. Not referees. Not fans. The sport itself...

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Tramel: Mark Daigneault is a gift to Thunder fans & media

Daigneault explains why turnovers were unusually high against Denver

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Tramel: Elijah Harkless has brought a blue collar to OU basketball

Will Kruger stick with four-guard lineup now that Manek has returned?

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Tramel: Turning 60 years old just means more memories to add to the stash

Thirty years ago this week, I penned a column for the Norman Transcript on turning 30 years old. Funny thing about math. Some...

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Tramel: San Diego Padres' Ted Leitner credits Oklahoma State for a great broadcasting career

Leitner, a New Yorker, got his broadcasting start as an OSU undergrad

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Tramel: Tennessee's firing of Jeremy Pruitt reminds us that college football job security is shaky

Good jobs don't mean just prime opportunity; job security should matter, too

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Tramel: Baker Mayfield hasn't had a cocoon like Patrick Mahomes enjoys, but give it time

Baker Mayfield is the old man of quarterbacks in the American Football Conference playoffs. He’s also the least accomplished....

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What Baker Mayfield has in common with Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning and Bo Jackson

Baker Mayfield is not the first athlete to have success as a pitchman in a series of commercials for the same product. Here are...

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Tramel: Don't worry yet about the Thunder's propensity for close wins

It's too early to bemoan the Thunder's draft status with all these close wins

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Tramel: With Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, this is the golden age of aged quarterbacks

Older quarterbacks once were a playoff rarity, but that's no longer the case

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Name/image/likeness issues about to hit NCAA sports

College athletic departments could nee help navigating NIL

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Tramel: COVID is showing us that fans in the stands matter from the NBA to the NFL to college hoops

The Phog Allen Fieldhouse clock reached 4:00 in the second half last Saturday afternoon, Kansas led OU by two points, and...

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Tramel: LeBron James shows Thunder that size matters in Lakers' rout

Anthony Davis and LeBron James have the skills of smaller players but are in science-fiction bodies

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Tramel: OU basketball playing different, and well, without Sooners star Brady Manek

Big 12 basketball is a fine-line league. For most teams most seasons, the difference between winning and losing is thin. So...

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Tramel: OKC Thunder's surprising start built on defense, but there's one thing missing

The Thunder doesn't force a bunch of turnovers, and that cost it against San Antonio, but OKC's defense has been solid

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Tramel: Every team comes out good in James Harden trade — except Brooklyn Nets

Rockets' draft picks, headed to OKC, should be about where the Thunder needs them to be

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Tramel: Oklahoma State takes down Kansas basketball on Isaac Likekele's 3-point shot

Cowboys led by 16, lost the lead, then rallies to beat KU

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Tramel: Is Alabama's gulf shrinking on the rest of college football?

Alabama walloped Ohio State 52-24 Monday night, and college football parity seemed deader than ever. The Crimson Tide was so...

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Tramel: Nick Saban is right about expanded College Football Playoff

The more playoff games, the less interest players will have in bowl games

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Tramel: Will OU football coach Lincoln Riley be enticed for Philadelphia Eagles' job?

Doug Pederson barely had been tossed from the Eagles’ nest Monday before speculation centered on Lincoln Riley as a possible...

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Tramel: Why Ohio State's Kevin Wilson remembers OU football's prolific 2008 offense fondly

Wilson's offensive history runs from the I formation to the modern spread

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Tramel: OU & Oklahoma State basketball trips to Kansas encouraging

Sooners, Cowboys settle into middle of the Big 12 basketball pack

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Tramel: Steve Sarkisian and Texas shows that college football shops for coaches in Tuscaloosa

Americans shop Amazon. Athletic directors shop Alabama. Tuscaloosa has become the first stop on the college football coaching...

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Tramel: Trey Sermon has gone from OU football understudy to Ohio State superstar

Trey Sermon trotted onto the field at Ohio Stadium in the first quarter, and many Sooner fans were startled. Wait. What’s he...

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OU football in the CFP, Iowa State back in New Year's Six bowl — our early predictions for the Big 12 in 2021

It's never too early to look ahead to next season in college football. With the Big 12 riding high off a rare 5-0 run in the...

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Would the Thunder trade SGA for the Knicks' Barrett? No

Thunder has provided Gilgeous-Alexander a solid environment in which to thrive

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Tramel: Baker Mayfield can make OU football history in the NFL playoffs

Mayfield's success in Cleveland is underrated, and now he takes the Browns to the playoffs

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Tramel: Baseball deaths in 2020 remind us of the chimes of time

Phil Niekro died Dec. 26. The great knuckleballer from the Braves and assorted other diamonds over 24 baseball summers. That...

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Tramel: Pelicans' Steven Adams gets a triple-double. OKC Thunder gets a win. Hard to beat that.

Adams helped Russell Westbrook get many a triple double and now has one of his own

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Tramel: Baylor defense puts headlock on OU basketball in Bears' 76-61 win vs. Sooners

Baylor's ferocious defense puts the Bears at the head of the Big 12 class

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Tramel: Tulsa-Mississippi State brawl shows it's time for no tolerance in college football

We won’t find much consensus on the best moment of the college football bowl season. The Liberty-Coastal Carolina,...

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Tramel: OKC Thunder is taking more 3-point shots than even Houston

The Thunder shoots a bunch of 3-point shots but makes relatively few

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Tramel: Oklahoma State's turnover-fueled meltdown vs. West Virginia could cost Cowboys come Selection Sunday

OSU failed to condense the game, and soon enough, West Virginia was back with plenty of time

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Tramel: Why Big 12 football's bowl success was historic & much-needed

The Big 12 started the 2020 season with disaster — three Sept. 12 losses to Sun Belt Conference teams. But the Big 12 ended the...

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Tramel: Why Big 12 basketball teams are thriving on the road

A year ago, Big 12 teams were 32-58 on the road in conference play, but that has reversed early this season

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Tramel: Parity is a problem in college football's regular season, then stays a problem in the playoff

Alabama beat Notre Dame 31-14 and Ohio State beat Clemson 49-28, and we came away from college football’s New Year’s semifinals...

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Tramel: Exhale, Big 12; Texas football hires Steve Sarkisian to replace Tom Herman

The news arrived via the ESPN crawl. “Texas fires coach Tom Herman.” Uh-oh, thought Sooners and Cowboys and everyone who hangs...

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Tramel: OU football report card in Cotton Bowl has high marks for Sooners' power football & clutch defense

OU’s 55-20 Cotton Bowl rout of Florida on Wednesday night was a many splendored thing, with only a few nits to pick. The Sooner...

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Tramel: Physical Sooners are just on another level in Cotton Bowl win over Florida Gators

ARLINGTON, Texas — Non-scholarship Todd Hudson took the handoff from down-the-depth-chart quarterback Tanner Schafer and did...

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Tramel: Spencer Sanders is superb in Cheez-It Bowl and that's good news for Oklahoma State football going forward

ORLANDO, Fla. — Spencer Sanders laid on the turf, not far from the pile of Cheez-Its that had been dumped on Mike Gundy’s head...

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Tramel: Oklahoma State football passes final test of pandemic season with Cheez-It Bowl win over Miami

ORLANDO, Fla. — OSU’s 37-34 victory over Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl on Tuesday night was a wild affair, with wide-swinging...

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Cheez-It Bowl's stadium is not opulent but has quite the story

OSU's trip to 1976 Tangerine Bowl included a swaying upper deck

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Tramel: Florida and OU football opt-outs are an indictment of the bowl system

ARLINGTON, Texas — Actress Wynn Everett and The Richards Group public-relations firm brought us the Southeastern Conference...

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The airports are crowded between Christmas and New Year's

Back in Orlando for another bowl game, and things seem a little normal

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Tramel: Is Spencer Sanders the right fit for Oklahoma State football's offense?

ORLANDO, Fla. — Camping World Stadium sits about 19 miles from Disney World. The latter claims to be the happiest place on...

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Hodge promoted wrestling with young and old alike

Hodge was a wrestling legend, all the way to the end

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Jerry Jobe, Hall of Fame basketball coach at Southwestern State and Oklahoma Christian, dies at 85

OBITUARY Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Jobe dies at 85 Jerry Jobe, a former college basketball coach inducted into the...

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Tramel: In his OKC Thunder debut, Mark Daigneault is 'cool, calm, collected' winning regular-season opener

The Thunder melted down Saturday night in Charlotte. Melted down like a crucible in back of a pawn shop. Melted down like we’ve...

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Tramel: Florida's victory over OU in the 2008 national title game lifted SEC into beast mode

Sam Bradford hurried his 2008 Sooners into alignment, the I formation, if you can believe it. Center Jon Cooper snapped the...

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Tramel: Jerry Jones' palace has become Sooners' home away from home

Brigham Young linebacker Coleby Clawson barrelled into the OU backfield on a blitz, and soon enough Sam Bradford’s shoulder was...

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NFL predictions, starting with a rare Christmas Day game

The NFL is slow to tread on Christmas Day dinners, ever since 1971

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Tramel: Christmas stories to warm the heart

A Christmas story, 1970: On Christmas Eve, Dennis Bradshaw was on his way home from Vietnam. At the San Francisco airport, he...

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Tramel: Oklahoma State athletics owe the University of Miami a big thank you

Oklahoma State plays the University of Miami in an Orlando bowl game next week, and only once have the Cowboys and Hurricanes...

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Will the Thunder have the NBA's worst record? It's possible

Predictions for the NBA season center on who will finish first -- and who will finish last

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Tramel: OKC Thunder fans facing a new reality with unfamiliar faces, unfamiliar results

Pat Tower, 86 years young, called me the other day. She wanted to know if The Oklahoman would be publishing its annual Thunder...

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Willing and able Army left out of bowl season

Black Knights have no opponent for Independence Bowl

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Tramel: No College Football Playoff, but OU-Florida in Cotton Bowl a good consolation prize for Sooners

In the Lincoln Riley era, any season in which the Sooners don’t make the College Football Playoff is a bummer. OU has made the...

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Tramel: College Football Playoff committee confirms truth that losing matters more than winning

The other playoff teams had 11-game schedules; that's a big difference from Ohio State's six

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Tramel: Winning Big 12 football title makes 2020 a year to remember for Lincoln Riley's Sooners

Lincoln Riley sat in the bowels of JerryWorld just off the OU locker room and thought back to another locker room, 788 miles to...

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Tramel: OU football has Killer B's — Nik Bonitto, Tre Brown, Gabe Brkic — in Big 12 championship report card

OU’s 27-21 victory over Iowa State on Saturday in the Big 12 Championship Game was a thriller, and the grades reflect a game...

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Tramel: Can Matt Campbell become Iowa State's Bill Snyder? Cyclones AD Jamie Pollard hopes so.

Matt Campbell is not the first good football coach in Iowa State history. Campbell might be the best, but he’s not the first....

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Few conference championship games are riveting

From the Big 12 to the SEC to the Big Ten, many league title games are blowouts

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Tramel: Lincoln Riley takes pride in OU's historic Big 12 streak, but it's in jeopardy against Iowa State

Lincoln Riley arrived in Norman in January 2015. The Sooners were coming off an 8-5 season that included 5-4 in the Big 12....

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Tramel: Cyclones have Big 12's best defense & aren't far from catching OU for best offense

Cyclones providing the toughest opponent yet for OU in the Big 12 Championship Game

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Bowlsby declines to question the College Football Playoff committee, but...

Stressful times are not optimal for making playoff decisions

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Tramel: Can ex-Sooners QBs Jalen Hurts, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray each make the NFL playoffs?

The Murray-Hurts loser will be hard-pressed to reach the postseason

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Tramel: Don't blame Ohio State or the College Football Playoff committee for the chaos

Gary Barta, chairman of the College Football Playoff committee, climbed on his soapbox Tuesday night. Soapbox. His term, not...

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Greek Freak bucks the trend of heading for a bigger market

OKC and other small markets should cheer Antetokounmpo's decision to sign a contract extension with Milwaukee

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Tramel: Iowa State faces scrutiny, but College Football Playoff committee loves the Cyclones

Can the OU-Iowa State winner make the playoff? It's a longshot

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How much does the College Football Playoff committee love the Big 12?

The OU-Iowa State winner will need some help to reach the four-team playoff

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Tramel: Would Auburn be interested in Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, or vice versa?

Gus Malzahn barely had been fired by Auburn on Sunday when Mike Gundy’s name popped up as a possible replacement. Two rites of...

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Tramel: Is the Spencer Rattler offense close to OU football's standard?

The Sooners take the Big 12’s best offense to Arlington this week for the Big 12 Championship Game. Nothing new there. OU has...

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Iowa State trumps OU, OSU and Texas, which were picked 1-2-3

Iowa State and Baylor biggest differences from Big 12 preseason poll

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Tramel: Iowa State, home of college football's most-loyal fan base, is finally being rewarded

Craig Adamson grew up in Mapleton, Iowa, on the western end of the state, and was most definitely not an Iowa State fan....

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Tramel: OSU report card glitters after 42-3 rout of Baylor

OSU routed Baylor 42-3 Saturday, and the grades were mostly glittering from Waco. Replacing stars: A. No Tylan Wallace. No...

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Tramel: Steve Zabel invigorated 1968 OU football defense the way Ronnie Perkins has invigorated 2020 Sooners

Chuck Fairbanks called Steve Zabel into the OU coaching offices in October 1968. Zabel still remembers Fairbanks’ succinct...

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Sooners finish barely ahead of Iowa State, after OU-WVU canceled

We'll never know if the Sooners would have stayed above the Cyclones in Big 12 offensive efficiency

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College football 2020 gets even crazier as politics determining championship games

Big Ten could have served two masters by following its own rules

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Giants or Washington: Who has the better chance in the NFC East?

NFL playoff probabilities are fascinating as we hit the homestretch of the season

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Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

Chat about the Thunder, Sooners and Cowboys with columnist Berry Tramel at 11:30 a.m. Send in your questions now.

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Tramel: College football players who quit on their team learned the behavior well

Texas lost to Iowa State on Thanksgiving Friday, and within a couple of days, two Longhorn captains resigned their commission....

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Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young announces Adidas shoe launch for autumn 2021: 'A dream come true for me'

As a boy growing up in Norman, Trae Young dreamed of having his own shoe. Wednesday, Young announced that the dream had come to...

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Only four Big Ten teams have a winning record

There's a reason Big Ten teams have combined for only two victories over teams with winning records

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Tramel: Eagles starting Jalen Hurts gives Sooners coach Lincoln Riley some rare NFL bragging rights

A little after 1 p.m. Sunday, Baker Mayfield threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins. It was Mayfield’s fourth TD...

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Tramel: Texas' Fred Akers was a thorn in OU's flesh

Akers began a trend of Texas firing coaches who were successful against OU

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Tramel college football rankings: Indiana might lift Ohio State

It's a strange season when Indiana is a pivotal player in the College Football Playoff

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Far more Stetsons than masks at the Fort Worth Stockyards

TCU's new football addition and the Stockyards highlight a trip to Fort Worth

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Tramel: Iowa State is No. 1 in most ways to rank Big 12 teams

Sooners, Cyclones dominate Big 12 point differential

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Tramel OSU football report card: Big plays tell the tale in Cowboy defeat at TCU

OSU’s 29-22 loss at TCU on Saturday was the result of giving up too many big plays, not producing enough big plays and failing...

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Tramel: Oklahoma State football season officially goes sour with a 29-22 loss to TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas — Amen Ogbongbemiga ripped the football from the strong arms of Texas Christian quarterback Max Duggan and...

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Tramel: Dez Jackson joins Oklahoma State football's proud tailback legacy of aches & pains

FORT WORTH, Texas — Dezmon Jackson woke up sore last Sunday. But 50 years and six days earlier, Bobby Cole woke up on a Sunday...

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NFL predictions & why Tuesday night football should be permanent

Some NFL scheduling moves should remain permanent after the pandemic

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Sooners recruited from the NOAA Conference, but not from Stigler

Stigler once played Jenks in the state semifinals

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OU football: Sooners' testing comes out good for Baylor game

Playing Baylor will mean OU will reach the required eight games of conference play to qualify for the Big 12 title game

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Tramel: The coronavirus pandemic is telling us to delay college basketball

Mike Boynton’s Cowboys were in their downtown Milwaukee hotel Monday night, awaiting their game against Marquette the next...

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Tramel: Samaje Perine's record was in jeopardy thanks to Buffalo's Jaret Patterson

Jaret Patterson could have broken Perine's record with only 19 more yards

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Tramel: Russell Westbrook trade to Wizards could be a win-win for OKC & ex-Thunder star

If Houston now trades Harden, the Thunder's draft status should improve

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In a 6-way tie for second in the Big 12, West Virginia is the winner

In this crazy season, would you put it past the Big 12 to have a six-way tie for second place?

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Power Lunch: Live chat with Berry Tramel

Chat with columnist Berry Tramel at 11:30 a.m. about the Thunder, Cowboys and Sooners. Send in your questions now.

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Tramel: OKC Thunder's best option is tanking, even if it stinks

I learned in Mrs. Brown’s history class — or maybe it was from a book, hard to remember from almost half a century ago — how...

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College Football Playoff rankings: Iowa State jumps to No. 9 in playoff rankings, OU stays 11th

Iowa State’s 24-21 victory over Texas on Thanksgiving Friday jumped the Cyclones ahead of OU in the College Football Playoff...

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Former Oklahoman reporter Ray Soldan, who was state's premier sports historian, dies at 91

Ray Soldan, who for more than half a century covered sports for The Oklahoman and is considered the state’s premier sports...

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Can West Virginia's defense hold up against ISU & OU?

Oklahoma State has become a defensive team; how will that fare against TCU?

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Will Ohio State or USC play enough games to warrant playoff inclusion?

With so many cancellations, games played becomes a huge criteria for College Football Playoff

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Tramel: Why Big 12 football title race could come down to margin of victory for Sooners and Co.

OSU has had some heartbreaking Bedlam losses in recent years: 48-47 in 2018, 62-52 in 2017, overtime in 2012. OSU also has had...

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Tramel: Most Big 12 football tiebreakers favor the Sooners

OSU's road to Arlington is fairly narrow

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OU football: From early-morning film sessions to Orange Bowl after-party, 2000 was a special Sooner season

The Oklahoman the past few days has been celebrating the 20-year anniversary of OU’s 2000 national championship. And we cap off...

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Tramel: OKC Thunder trading Steven Adams means a time to mourn & a time to dance

To every season there is a thing, and to this Thunder season, the thing is change. From contender to lottery land. From...

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Tramel: Analyzing the messages of College Football Playoff committee chairman Gary Barta

Committee chairman Gary Barta says the eye test more important than ever in this COVID-stricken season

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Tramel: Bob Stoops' psychology worked wonders quickly for Sooner football

NORMAN — Bob Stoops came to Norman 22 years ago to coach football, armed with a University of Iowa business degree. Too bad it...

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Tramel college football predictions: Can OSU end two-game losing streak in Texas Tech series?

North Carolina-Notre Dame will have a big impact on College Football Playoff

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At 6-2, the Sooners still could qualify for Arlington, but not at 5-2

Big 12 COVID protocols give the Sooners some grace if West Virginia game can't be played

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The best Thanksgiving game this year is in Arlington

In the putrid NFC East, every game is big, especially when they play each other

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Sooners ranked 11th as committee offers grace for absences of Perkins & Stevenson

Committee at least gives OU a chance at moving into playoff contention

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Tramel: OU 11th in first College Football Playoff rankings, close enough to challenge for a bid

Ranked 11th, will the two losses prevent OU from challenging for a College Football Playoff berth?

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Can Mountaineer defense slow Sooner offense?

It's usually close but rarely low-scoring when OU visits Morgantown

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Tramel: College Football Playoff committee faces impossible task in this COVID-altered season

Brigham Young University has played nine football games this season. Oregon and Southern Cal have played three each. And this...

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Why the Sooners will be hard-pressed to make their usual playoff push

With two losses already, the Sooners seem unlikely to challenge for a playoff berth

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Tramel: OSU football report card looks bleak for Mike Gundy's Cowboys after Bedlam beatdown

OSU’s 41-13 Bedlam loss was a total team effort. The defense was torched early, and the offense got little going, with 149...

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Tramel: Good news for OSU football — Cowboys won't face a Bedlam rematch

NORMAN — With about 12 minutes left in a Bedlam gone mild, his OSU down three touchdowns but on the Sooner 39-yard line facing...

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Tramel: Lots of interesting Big 12 football title game options, including Bedlam II

All kinds of crazy scenarios still exist in Big 12 football

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Tramel: Losing OKC Thunder fan favorite Steven Adams in trade to Pelicans is a cruel part of rebuild

I woke up Saturday morning, about 7 a.m., stumbled to the opposite side of the house so Trish the Dish could get her beauty...

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Tramel: Athletics have enhanced Burns Hargis' dream job at Oklahoma State

STILLWATER — When prospective students are brought to Burns Hargis office, the OSU president levels with them. Hargis tells...

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Tramel: Bedlam is a golden opportunity for Mike Gundy's Cowboys

NORMAN — The Big 12 staged a championship game its first 15 seasons as a conference, with the North and South division winners...

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Tramel: OKC Thunder might not be finished collecting draft picks

The Thunder still has some cards to play to accumulate more draft picks

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Tramel: Why OU vs. OSU in Bedlam football has become a national brand

NORMAN — Bedlam football wasn’t always a big deal. And yes, you holdouts, it is a big deal now. But there was a time when the...

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NFL kickers are making more cross-country field goals, with accuracy

NFL kickers are better than ever at long-distance field goals

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Tramel: OKC Thunder gets Al Horford, four years too late

Al Horford and the Thunder's United Nations draft highlight Day 3 of a wild NBA week

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Tramel: OKC Thunder had to make another move in this wild NBA week

NBA schedule format seems solid in this pandemic season

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OSU offense vs. OU defense likely will decide Bedlam

Sooners have the No. 1 Big 12 offense, and OSU has perhaps the Big 12's best defense

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Tramel: Mike Gundy's 'Senior Citizens Club' of coaches is a boost to OSU football

STILLWATER — Chris Thurmond is 67. He’s coached so long, he coached John Blake in high school. The late Blake became the...

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Cowboys history dismal in Bedlam, but there's a glimmer of hope

OU is just 3-2 vs. OSU when the Cowboys are ranked higher in the AP poll

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Tramel: Feeling a little pity for Russell Westbrook

Pelicans' draft picks, Harden demands highlight first day of what promises to be a wild NBA week

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Wisconsin has played two games; how can the Badgers be ranked?

Big Ten has a lot of ground to make up in college football

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Thunder is hoarding draft picks, in hopes of finding another superstar

OKC has 16 first-round draft picks over the next seven drafts

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Tramel: OSU stays atop Big 12 football power rankings as Tulsa win keeps looking better

Can OSU win out and make the playoff committee take a hard look?

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Tramel: The G League chaos bred Mark Daigneault to be an NBA head coach

Mark Daigneault is one of those coaches who stands most of the game. But Daigneault took pause every time he coached down at...

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Tramel: Don't expect a 62-52 score for OU and OSU as Bedlam football 2020 arrives

OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph passed for 448 yards in Bedlam on Nov. 4, 2017. He was 150 yards shy of being the game’s leading...

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Tramel: Why not give college football some wiggle room and push back the conference title games?

The Masters is being staged amid the splendor of fall foliage. The NBA season started on Oct. 22 and ended on Oct. 11, 355 days...

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Tramel: Hear me out; how about another Chris Paul-Russell Westbrook trade?

Some Oklahomans want Chris Paul to be groomed as the next Thunder coach. Some Oklahomans want CP3 to be groomed to run for...

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Miserable starts don't have to keep some NFL teams out of the playoffs

If the NFL expands the playoffs to 16, teams like Minnesota, Atlanta and Houston have even more hope

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Big 12 is faring better than other conferences in getting games played

A rash of canceled and postponed games reminds us that the Big 12 is doing a good job

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Tramel: OKC Thunder hire of Mark Daigneault unsurprisingly surprising

Mark Daigneault becomes first G League coach to ascend to the parent team's top job

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Tramel: Athletes, including in Oklahoma, long have called for social justice

Fifty years ago last summer, OU teammates Dan Ruster and Albert Qualls decided to get an apartment together. Ruster was a white...

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OU offense, West Virginia defense stand atop Big 12 efficiency ratings

Big 12 defenses still holding steady in this strange season

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Cincinnati & BYU could be viable contenders for the four-team playoff

The ACC and SEC both appear capable of placing multiple teams in the playoff

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Tramel: The NBA's Dec. 22 start comes with some repercussions

The NBA season finally has a start date. Dec. 22. I can wait. I didn’t forget the word “hardly.” Literally, I can wait. I...

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Tramel: Ronnie Perkins and Nik Bonitto lead defense that ignites 62-9 Sooner rout of Jayhawks

NORMAN — Ronnie Perkins came flying at Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels, and Daniels did the only sane thing. He flung the ball...

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Tramel: Sooners pass the pre-Bedlam test with ease, but OU's grades aren't perfect vs. Kansas

OU routed Kansas 62-9, and though you have to grade on the curve against the Jayhawks, much of what the Sooners did Saturday...

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Tramel: Kansas football has become the most-depressed program in college football history

NORMAN — Mark Mangino no longer is angry at the University of Kansas. “Good coaches, good people, get fired every day,” Mangino...

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Pac-12 playing only one crossover game

With a six-game schedule, Pac-12 hopefuls have no margin for error

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Tramel: Boone Pickens statue going up soon at Oklahoma State; now it's time for a Barry Sanders statue

Athletic director Mike Holder says OSU never could thank Boone Pickens enough for what he did for his alma mater. But that...

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Tramel: Where have all the star quarterbacks gone in Big 12 football?

Who’s the best quarterback in the Big 12? Some years, that’s an easy question, because there’s an epic player in our midst....

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NFL predictions: Cowboys won't prosper with fourth starting quarterback

Cooper Rush and Garrett Gilbert: We know them well in Oklahoma

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Sooner offense rides high, and OU is back to being a Big 12 title contender

West Virginia and Baylor have excellent defenses so far, but neither appears to be a title contender

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The Mid-American Conference's Tuesday and Wednesday games are fun

The MAC brings mid-week entertainment to college football

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OU-Texas rematch more likely than a Bedlam rematch

Big 12 Championship Game scenarios offer a myriad of possibilities

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Tramel: Billy Tubbs' competitive fire built OU basketball

NORMAN — David Little laughed a little and cried a little this week. He knew Billy Tubbs had entered hospice care. Knew his...

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Tramel: OSU football report card shows cataclysmic mistakes against Texas

OSU’s 41-34 overtime loss to Texas was a tale of mistakes wiping out a game of dominance. The grades reflect a regrettable game...

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Billy Tubbs, who led OU men's basketball to 1988 NCAA final, dies at 85

Forty years ago last spring, Billy Tubbs arrived in Norman, and OU basketball never was the same. Fast and fun. High-scoring...

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Tramel: Only OSU, Kansas State & Iowa State control their own Big 12 football destinies

The Sooners might need help to reach the Big 12 Championship Game

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Tramel: OSU football has a championship-level defense, but that's all for now

STILLWATER — I know only a few things about Ryan Bujcevski. He’s Austrailian. He’s the cousin of NFL punter Michael Dickson....

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Tramel: Can Spencer Sanders elevate the Oklahoma State offense?

STILLWATER — OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders was back on the job last Saturday, looking like his old self. That was good news....

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Tramel: Give Mike Gundy credit for decision to hire Jim Knowles as OSU defensive coordinator

Mike Gundy had a gut feeling. That’s standard for football coaches. When to switch quarterbacks. How to discipline a troubled...

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Tramel: College football predictions & OSU's dominance of Texas

OSU is 7-3 vs. Texas since the end of the 2009 season

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From rookies to the Baker Mayfield class, young quarterbacks are all over the NFL

Tua Tagovailoa joins the brigade of young NFL quarterbacks

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Tramel: OSU's defense is more impressive than OU's offense as Big 12 efficiency ratings show

The Big 12 is producing amazing defensive numbers compared to recent years

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Tramel: Mea culpa on Kliff Kingsbury; he's gone from losing at Tech to winning in the NFL

Mike Gundy usually goes to bed early. He’s got a football team and a farm to monitor. Neither is conducive to midnight oil. But...

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Tramel college football rankings: Alabama, Clemson remain 1-2, but Oklahoma State coming fast

Wins are rewarded more than losses are penalized, which is not a college football staple

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Stories from an OU-TCU trip to Fort Worth

A flat tire, an old friend, new restaurants and a found jacket; lots happened on a trip to Fort Worth

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Tramel: World Series Game 4 reminds us that baseball can still be fun

No one expected the kid put in the game late to hit the ball. Two straight strikes meant a strikeout almost surely was coming....

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Cowboys face first major test and stay No. 1 in the Big 12

Don't count out Iowa State, which lost in Stillwater but has an easy schedule ahead

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OU football: Some gaudy numbers for Spencer Rattler in Sooners' win at TCU

OU’s 33-14 rout of TCU on Saturday included some interesting numbers: 16: OU points on four possessions that penetrated the...

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Tramel: OU report card gives high marks for deep-ball offense and containing Max Duggan

OU’s 33-14 rout of Texas Christian on Saturday was a prime example of a team victory, with contributions from all sides,...

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Tramel: Nothing passive about the OU defense in 33-14 rout of TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas — On the game’s first snap, Isaiah Thomas had a bead on Max Duggan. A clear shot at the TCU quarterback. But...

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Tramel: Spencer Rattler's overtime vs. Texas should boost OU quarterback's progression

FORT WORTH, Texas — When last we saw Spencer Rattler, the OU quarterback had four forgettable quarters against Texas. An...

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Nebraska given a brutal schedule, but Ohio State was given a cushy schedule

The Big Ten schedule sets up for an Ohio State-Wisconsin conference title game

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NFC East is padding the records of the AFC North & NFC West

NFC East teams are 1-14-1 vs. the AFC North & NFC West

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From Quechee Gorge to Dartmouth, New England still delivered

New England retains its charms, even when the colors fade from brilliant to emblazoned

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Big Ten & Mountain West join this crazy college football season

Oklahoma State stands between Iowa State and owning this Big 12 race

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Vermont has its charms, but it's not quite New Hampshire

After a few hours in Burlington, it was nice to get back to the New England countryside

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The Adirondacks don't take a backseat to New England

Lake Placid and upstate New York are a gorgeous neighbor to New England

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Iowa State has the Big 12's most efficient offense so far

OSU's defensive efficiency is excellent, but the competition is about to improve

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Tramel: Will college football's unbeaten status hold with Big Ten, Pac-12 joining the fray?

How will the College Football Playoff committee react to the new pack of unbeatens

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Massachusetts and Vermont are slightly different from New Hampshire

The Mohawk in western Massachusetts is a glorious drive.

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More New Hampshire adventures: Hiking and snow and the alma mater of a Heisman Trophy candidate

On a college football Saturday with scant access to college football, New Hampshire adventures were more than sufficient to...

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The coast of Maine in October is exactly how you pictured it would be

Gray and gloomy Maine made for a great juxtaposition for autumn's brilliance

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Dallas has a history of excelling after the starting quarterback goes down

From Craig Morton to Dak Prescott, the Cowboys have had good seasons even after losing the starting quarterback

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Kancamagus Scenic Byway was beautiful, but the charming towns leading to it were even better

New England's fall foliage doesn't disappoint on Day 1 in New Hampshire

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Tramel: Can the Power 5 break away in football but keep the NCAA Tournament?

On March 14, 1538, the Duke of Norfolk wrote his pal, Thomas Cornwell, and said, “A man can not have his cake and eat his...

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Fall foliage awaits after 42 years of football dominating autumn

The OU-Army cancellation opened the door for a New England vacation

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Only two unbeaten teams left in the Southeastern Conference

After Saturday, only the Alabama-Georgia winner will be unbeaten in the SEC

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Tramel: This OSU football season interrupted due to COVID-19 just like the Spanish Flu year of 1918

Going 20 days between games hasn't happened with the Cowboys in 102 years

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Bama's win over Texas A&M looks better after the Aggies beat Florida

Clemson, without the stage of SEC showdowns, is No. 3 in the rankings based on what teams have done

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Tramel: Officiating gaffe put OU football coach Lincoln Riley in a tough spot vs. Texas

Lincoln Riley didn’t want to give Sam Ehlinger the ball again Saturday. We can all understand that. The Texas quarterback had...

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50 years later, Andre Dupont remains a hero to Richard Osborn

Dupont was a Philadelphia Flyer bully, but he was a hero to an Oklahoma City stick boy

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Miami blown out in NBA finale; so was the 2012 Thunder, and OKC never has returned to the Finals

Miami's future is bright, but you never know what the future holds

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Tramel: A surreal Cotton Bowl for OU-Texas shows the pandemic's power

DALLAS — The burnt orange migration began late in the game. We’ve seen it before. In certain years on the second Saturday of...

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Tramel: OSU remains No. 1 in Big 12 rankings

Kansas State's victory at TCU makes it even more difficult for the Sooners to get back into the Big 12's top two

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Tramel: Sooners looked empty but find a way to beat Texas in four overtimes

DALLAS — The Sooners looked empty. As empty as the cattle barns, which didn’t even so much as emit an odor. As empty as the...

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Tramel: Sooners earn high grades for running game and containing Sam Ehlinger in wild win over Texas

OU’s wild, 53-45, quadruple-overtime victory over Texas included thrills and chills, great plays and bad plays, all leading to...

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Tramel: Will this OU football team go the way of 2005 mediocrity or 2016 championship?

DALLAS — The Sooners arrive at a crossroads as they enter Fair Park on Saturday morning, and I don’t mean the avenues of...

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Lamb had 25 catches, 487 yards and five touchdowns against the Longhorns

Lamb's performances against Texas make him an all-timer in the storied series

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Tramel: OU-Texas during the pandemic figures to make for a weird day at Fair Park

The grounds empty. The Midway rides barren. The breeze void of the aromas that define this certain Saturday every October....

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Tramel: Can Texas coach Tom Herman end Longhorns' long-running stagnation?

Tom Herman says his Internet scrolling is restricted to Yahoo! News. Which means he’s up to date on President Trump’s COVID and...

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Texas' offensive coordinator, while at OSU, scored big in Bedlam but rarely won

Yurcich's offenses put up 47 and 52 points his final two seasons against OU but didn't win

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NFL predictions & the league's worst division

Will the NFC East champion have just six victories? It's possible

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Tramel: Sooners on verge of Big 12 title game elimination

A 6-3 Big 12 record means a longshot to make it to the conference championship

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Tramel: OU football defensive alums bemoan Sooners' tackling deficiencies

No. 20 in burnt orange came barrelling through the hole on the Cotton Bowl carpet, and defensive back Darrol Ray thought of...

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Butler in Game 3 looked like LeBron with the Cavs

Few individual performances in NBA Finals have surpassed Butler's Game 3 vs. the Lakers

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Tramel: Georgia No. 1 in college football rankings

SEC teams dominate poll, with tough conference games out of the gate

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Tramel: Sooners are the best barometer of Iowa State football's upgrade

Iowa State beat OU once between 1961 and 2017; now the Cyclones have beaten the Sooners twice since

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Tramel: OSU at 100-to-1 to win the national title is a good bet

OU is 66-to-1 to win it all, Texas is 80-to-1 to win it all, and then comes OSU at 100-to-1

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OU football: Sooners' 37-30 loss at Iowa State by the numbers

3: Fourth-down conversions for OU in three attempts. 9: Penalties against the Sooners, for 93 yards; five of the six were pass...

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Tramel: OU football report card shows Sooners falling way behind Big 12 peers after Iowa State loss

OU’s 37-30 loss at Iowa State on Saturday was another frustrating game in this 2020 season, and the grades reflect an uneven...

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Tramel: This OU football team isn't good enough to withstand momentum shift

AMES, Iowa — Momentum wore crimson when Kene Nwangwu caught the kickoff Saturday night. The Sooners had regained the...

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Spending the night in Ames is rare but advantageous

Lunch at Hickory Park and a tour of ISU campus is the benefit of staying in Ames

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Tramel: OU-Texas traditions do not go on, even if Red River game does

Richard Osborn made the cut. The long-time Sooner season-ticket holder was included among OU’s allotment of 12,000 tickets for...

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A football trip to Iowa State means Fong's after lots of highway miles

In 2020, Chinese pizza qualifies as a sense of normalcy

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Tramel: Why has OU football dominated the Big 12? Check the Sooners' record in close games

Spencer Rattler and the Sooner offense twice took the field last Saturday with a chance to tie or take the lead on Kansas...

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Tramel: Game 1 blowout doesn't have to mean a bad NBA Finals

Does the Lakers' Game 1 dismantling of Miami mean the NBA Finals are over?

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Tramel: How 1970 Wichita State football plane crash survivors are making sure their teammates aren't forgotten

Almost every day, Dave Lewis walks out onto his back deck, gingerly, because his left leg remains a medical textbook, after six...

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The five teams that won Big 12 games last week each plays a team that lost last week

A 10-way tie at 1-1 isn't likely in the Big 12, but remember, this is 2020

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Washington, Chicago among unlikely teams atop NFL divisions

Cowboys should dominate the NFC East, which has turned into an abysmal division

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Miami has a wonderful story, but the Lakers have LeBron

The NBA Finals storylines could have a profound impact on the NBA going forward

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Tramel: Oklahoma State football has a solid history with backup quarterbacks

Shane Illingworth quarterbacked OSU to victory over West Virginia; he's not the first Cowboy backup to come through

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Tramel: Only memories will remain of Sooner Legends Inn & Suites, which paid tribute to OU stars

NORMAN — Doug Kennon got the idea driving through the Louisiana night. He and his family were en route to New Orleans, for the...

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Tramel: Mississippi State ranks No. 1 in college football

Mississippi State's victory at LSU propels Bulldogs to No. 1 in the rankings based on what you've done

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Only three Big 12 teams are unbeaten after just two games

OSU, Texas and Baylor have not lost, but everyone else in the Big 12 has

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Miami, as a fifth seed, is the fourth-lowest seed to make the NBA Finals

Only the 1995 Rockets have won an NBA title as lower than a fourth seed

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Tramel: Does OU's loss to Kansas State signal a crazy 2020 season?

Misery loves company, so about four hours after the third-ranked Sooners wilted like August flowers Saturday, they maybe...

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Moore played 13 seasons with the New Orleans Saints

Moore was a mainstay on OU's great 1972 defense

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Tramel: Same old Sooner defense leads to 38-35 loss to K-State

NORMAN — NFL veteran Gerald McCoy, a massive reminder of better defensive days, gave a first-half interview with SoonerVision...

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Tramel: OU football report card produces F's for ball & lead protection

Kansas State stunned Oklahoma 38-35 in a wild college football game at Owen Field on Saturday in which OU led 35-14 late in the...

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OU football: A look at the Sooners' 38-35 loss to Kansas State by the numbers

.333: Spencer Rattler’s fourth-quarter completion percentage (4 of 12). .897: Spencer Rattler’s completion percentage through...

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Tramel: Do not fear the tailback shortage of Oklahoma football

NORMAN — The NCAA suspended Rhamondre Stevenson, apparently over a marijuana test. Trey Sermon transferred to Ohio State,...

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Navy's comeback vs. Tulane bolsters BYU's rout of Navy

Hold on for a wild ride as the pandemic creates crazy times for college football rankings

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Here's a list of 15 great candidates for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

Who should go into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame? Here's a list to get you started

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Tramel: Cut Mike Gundy some slack for Oklahoma State quarterback decision

By the time Shane Illingworth threw his second pass as an Oklahoma State Cowboy, a step-up-start-to-scramble dump-off to tight...

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Big 12 leaves some wiggle room in its schedule for makeup games

ACC has played eight of its 11 scheduled conference games so far

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Best quarterbacking leads to victories in the NFL

Of the top eight NFL quarterbacks in QBR, seven are unbeaten

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Morrison's Wes Swinford wore Sayers' number at Kansas for three games, then it was retired

Swinford got Sayers' number because who thought a freshman walkon would ever get to wear the jersey?

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Why did Donovan choose Chicago over Oklahoma City?

Was money a motivating factor in Donovan taking the Bulls job?

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Tramel: As Dallas Cowboys just showed us, onside kicks aren't dead yet

Bobby Proctor sidled up to Uwe von Schamann with barely a minute left in the 1977 Oklahoma-Ohio State game. Proctor, Barry...

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Does having played a game give a team an advantage?

Baylor and TCU make their season debuts Saturday against teams that already have played

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Tramel: Laker cult hero Alex Caruso has come a long ways since OKC Blue days

Alex Caruso threw down a fast-break dunk over Jerami Grant on Sunday night in the Western Conference finals, and the Laker...

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Baylor's Dave Aranda could debut against old boss Miles

Miles' lost his OSU debut and now hopes to pin a loss on Aranda for his Baylor debut

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Tramel: Hold your nose and rank OSU No. 1 in the Big 12

Cowboys or Longhorns? Who's No. 1 in the Big 12?

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Tramel: OSU report card is high on the Cowboy defense after beating Tulsa

Oklahoma State’s 16-7 victory over Tulsa on Saturday was much closer than anticipated and included an uneven performance in a...

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Tramel: How else should 2020 season start for OSU football other than a defensive masterpiece?

STILLWATER — Shane Illingworth won the game in relief of Ethan Bullock. L.D. Brown looked better than Chuba Hubbard. OSU won...

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Bennie Owen's daughter was a Sooner to the very end

Dorothy Ann Bryan had quite the life and quite the legacy, as Bennie Owen's youngest daughter