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 in a city that only recently got 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

  • Vikings vs. Eagles: How the two teams match up in the NFC championship

    Vikings vs. Eagles: How the two teams match up in the NFC championship

    The quarterback matchup is so unlikely, even Case Keenum playfully made reference to it this week in his media availability with reporters covering the Minnesota Vikings. “I know this is what all of you guys predicted back in the day — a Foles versus Keenum NFC championship,” he said, referring...

  • Jaguars vs. Patriots: How the two teams match up in the AFC championship

    Jaguars vs. Patriots: How the two teams match up in the AFC championship

    Reporters looking to get some meaningful information on the condition of Tom Brady’s throwing hand came away, well, empty-handed from Friday’s news conference. In typical New England Patriots fashion, Brady revealed absolutely nothing. His media availability opened with the following exchange: ...

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