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Sam Farmer

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Sam Farmer, a three-time finalist for California Sportswriter of the Year, is in his 20th season covering the NFL. Because he works for the Los Angeles Times and is in a city that doesn't have an NFL team, he's had unique assignments such as traveling with an officiating crew, spending a week behind the scenes with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, spending a Sunday watching games with John Madden, sitting next to Al Michaels in the "Monday Night Football" booth, and climbing Mount Rainier – or at least to base camp – with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Farmer, a 1988 graduate of Occidental College, began his career at small papers in the Pacific Northwest before moving onto the San Jose Mercury News, where he was an Oakland Raiders beat writer for five seasons. At various times, he has also been a beat writer covering the NBA, PGA Tour, and college football and basketball.

Recent Articles

  • Not your normal (NFL training) camp stories

    Not your normal (NFL training) camp stories

    The NFL season is almost year-round now, with players staying in top shape throughout the spring and summer, heading into the ramp-up month of August. That wasn’t always the case. Training camp was once a time for out-of-shape players to lose weight and gear up for the grind. Each team played six...

  • NFL teams are choosing to camp closer to home

    NFL teams are choosing to camp closer to home

    Sheltered from the blistering desert heat, the Arizona Cardinals hold training camp in the air-conditioned comfort of University of Phoenix Stadium. There are no more two-a-day practices, or bare-bones dormitory accommodations. The players and coaches stay nearby in an upscale, high-rise hotel....

  • NFL and NFLPA take steps to enforce concussion protocol

    NFL and NFLPA take steps to enforce concussion protocol

    The NFL and NFL Players Assn. announced an agreement Monday to enforce the league’s game-day concussion protocol and discipline clubs that violate it. The new enforcement policy, which includes club fines and possible forfeiture of draft picks, adds teeth to a concussion protocol already in place....

  • NFL: 'No credible evidence' that Peyton Manning used performance-enhancing substances

    NFL: 'No credible evidence' that Peyton Manning used performance-enhancing substances

    The NFL has found “no credible evidence” quarterback Peyton Manning was provided with or used human growth hormone or other performance-enhancing substances, countering allegations made last year in an Al Jazeera America documentary, the league announced Monday. Manning, the NFL’s only five-time...

  • Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys tour bus

    Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys tour bus

    Four people were killed in a highway collision with a Dallas Cowboys tour bus Sunday afternoon about 50 miles south of Las Vegas, according to multiple reports. The accident happened on U.S. 93, a few miles south of Dolan Springs, Ariz., according to KSNV News 3, a Las Vegas television station....

  • NFL training camps preview: Looking at questions surrounding each team

    NFL training camps preview: Looking at questions surrounding each team

    Peyton Manning is gone, Los Angeles is back, and 32 teams are gearing up for another run at the Lombardi Trophy. NFL training camps kick off this week, and there are seven new head coaches. Only the NFC North and AFC West return all four coaches from last season. There are plenty of rookies in...

  • Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67

    Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67

    Former NFL coach Dennis Green has died, his family confirmed Friday morning. He was 67. “Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac arrest,” the family said in a statement, according to NFL.com. “His family was by his side and he fought hard.” Green coached the Minnesota Vikings...

  • Controversial NFL doctor Elliott Pellman retires at urging of Commissioner Roger Goodell

    Controversial NFL doctor Elliott Pellman retires at urging of Commissioner Roger Goodell

    Longtime NFL doctor Elliott Pellman is retiring, and the league will look for a chief medical officer to work on health and safety issues on a full-time basis, Commissioner Roger Goodell informed all 32 clubs on Wednesday. The controversial Pellman, who for years downplayed the link between football...

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