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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

  • Thursday night NFL: San Diego at Oakland

    Thursday night NFL: San Diego at Oakland

    San Diego (4-10) at Oakland (6-8) When: 5:15 p.m. Thursday TV: NFL Network. Line: Raiders by 5. Over/under: 47. Sam Farmer's pick: Might be the last game for the Raiders in Oakland. Fellow Los Angeles hopefuls Rams and Chargers were on fire in their home finales. Chargers could be primed for a...

  • Construction is underway at Hollywood Park site; if they build there, will NFL's Rams come home?

    Construction is underway at Hollywood Park site; if they build there, will NFL's Rams come home?

    A small yellow pipe protrudes from the dirt on a massive construction site in Inglewood, where billionaire owner Stan Kroenke envisions the new home of his relocation-minded St. Louis Rams. The pipe — dwarfed by heavy machinery and nearby mountains of crushed concrete — marks where the 50-yard...

  • NFL's one-game suspension of Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. feels a little like a wrist slap

    NFL's one-game suspension of Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. feels a little like a wrist slap

    Odell Beckham Jr. got off easy. The NFL suspended the New York Giants star receiver for one game Monday, a day after he blatantly and repeatedly tried to injure Carolina cornerback Josh Norman. Beckham, flagged for three personal fouls in Sunday's 38-35 loss, was caught by TV cameras throwing a...

  • Cam Newton rescues Panthers from near disaster

    Cam Newton rescues Panthers from near disaster

    Fate was briefly on the side of the New York Giants. But the Carolina Panthers had Cam Newton ... and karma. Bolstering his case for NFL most-valuable-player honors, Newton threw five touchdown passes and directed the winning field-goal drive inside of two minutes Sunday as the Panthers held on...

  • Ask Farmer: What's the worst record of a Super Bowl winner?

    Ask Farmer: What's the worst record of a Super Bowl winner?

    Have a question about the NFL? Ask Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, and he will answer as many as he can online and in the Sunday editions of the newspaper throughout the season. Email questions to: sam.farmer@latimes.com Considering the poor records in the AFC South and NFC East, has a team won their...

  • There's NFL precedent for the unbeaten Panthers to try to avoid duplicating

    There's NFL precedent for the unbeaten Panthers to try to avoid duplicating

    Not only are the undefeated Carolina Panthers having a historic season, but they were reminded of NFL history this week. The Panthers (13-0) will play at the New York Giants (6-7) on Sunday. Seventeen years ago, at precisely this point in the season, the Denver Broncos were 13-0 when they played...

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