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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

  • Rams are going all in for a quarterback. Will that No. 1 draft pick pay off?

    Rams are going all in for a quarterback. Will that No. 1 draft pick pay off?

    Nineteen years ago, the newly minted St. Louis Rams made a stunning move, trading up five spots -- and leapfrogging the Oakland Raiders -- to grab the No. 1 pick in the draft and select tackle Orlando Pace, a future Hall of Famer. The Los Angeles Rams can only hope things go as well this time. ...

  • USC's new athletic director Lynn Swann got his drive to compete early

    USC's new athletic director Lynn Swann got his drive to compete early

    Lynn Swann's first football play was a sneak. He was in grade school at the time, living in San Mateo, Calif., and his mom didn't want him to play. Unbeknown to her, he slipped out of the house, hopped on a city bus, rode about 15 miles to a Pop Warner practice, and joined the team. Swann never...

  • NFL mock draft: Rams improve draft position through a trade in this scenario

    NFL mock draft: Rams improve draft position through a trade in this scenario

    The Rams might be moving again. They are in the market for a quarterback, and to get an elite prospect they'll have to trade up in this month's draft — likely into the top five. As it stands, they have the 15th pick in the April 28-30 draft in Chicago. In this mock draft, the second by The Times...

  • Rams roll out ticket pricing plan, with packages ranging from $360 to $2,025

    Rams roll out ticket pricing plan, with packages ranging from $360 to $2,025

    The Rams, who received 56,000 season-ticket deposits for their first year back in Los Angeles, are planning to offer eight tiers of tickets, with nine-game packages ranging from $360 to $2,025 for the fall of this year. The club is scheduled to roll out the pricing plan in an email Thursday that...

  • Report details the Chargers' plans for $1-billion stadium in San Diego

    Report details the Chargers' plans for $1-billion stadium in San Diego

    Details are trickling out about the $1-billion stadium the Chargers are envisioning in downtown San Diego, with the venue as the centerpiece of a proposed $1.8-billion convention center-stadium project. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday night that the Chargers and the NFL would pay $650...

  • Los Angeles Rams will be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

    Los Angeles Rams will be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

    The Rams are ready for their close-up. They are this summer’s “Hard Knocks” team, the centerpiece of a critically acclaimed HBO series that provides an all-access look at training camp through the lens of NFL Films. “It’s clear both in Southern California and nationwide there’s significant interest...

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