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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 and Broncos are not rushing rookie quarterbacks into action

    Rams and Broncos are not rushing rookie quarterbacks into action

    Broncos in February: Eat our dust. Broncos now: Pardon our dust. While it’s an exaggeration to say Denver’s NFL team has gone from Super Bowl to Superfund site, the Broncos unquestionably are a franchise under construction. They will be the first team in 15 years to switch starting quarterbacks...

  • Now that's something you don't see every day: A mini Sports Authority Field

    Rams fall to Broncos, 17-9, as their offense struggles in Denver Aug. 27, 2016, 9:23 p.m. Scoring SummaryFirst QuarterRams K Greg Zuerlein makes 29-yard field goal (Rams 3, Broncos 0)Second quarterRams K Greg Zuerlein makes 38-yard field goal (Rams 6, Broncos 0)Broncos TE Virgil Green catches a...

  • Cardinals' Patrick Peterson creates a no-fly zone for opponents

    Cardinals' Patrick Peterson creates a no-fly zone for opponents

    For opposing quarterbacks, waiting for a receiver to create separation from Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is a little like staring into the unfiltered desert sun. Don’t bother. It’s a waste of time, and likely will result in pain. Peterson, in his sixth season, is a quintessential...

  • How the Rams and the Arizona Cardinals compare

    How the Rams and the Arizona Cardinals compare

    LAST YEAR: The teams split their series, each beating the other on the road. The Rams handed the Cardinals one of their three regular-season defeats by beating them in Arizona, 24-22, in Week 4. Cardinals rookie David Johnson fumbled the opening kickoff, and the Rams converted that turnover into...

  • Raiders show they're serious about possible relocation to Las Vegas

    Raiders show they're serious about possible relocation to Las Vegas

    The Oakland Raiders’ flirtation with Las Vegas has taken on a tone that should be familiar with anyone who followed the NFL’s two-decade relocation dance with Los Angeles. The Raiders filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name “Las Vegas Raiders,” according...

  • Who is Jared Goff? Dog lover, 'cheesy pop' listener, No. 1 NFL draft pick

    Who is Jared Goff? Dog lover, 'cheesy pop' listener, No. 1 NFL draft pick

    Rams training camp is all-consuming for No. 1 pick Jared Goff, so much so that the rookie quarterback doesn’t always take the time to respond to his mom in a timely manner. As a result, Nancy Goff has to resort to sneaky texting measures sometimes, if only to check if her son’s thumbs still work....

  • As Jared Goff goes through growing pains his family endures a 'surreal' experience

    As Jared Goff goes through growing pains his family endures a 'surreal' experience

    Even though she’s the mother of a No. 1 overall draft pick, Nancy Goff is unassuming and agreeable. She didn’t want to say no Saturday to “Hard Knocks,” but she ultimately decided she didn’t want to wear a microphone for the HBO docu-drama while she watched the Rams play Kansas City in an exhibition...

  • Rams vs. Seahawks: How they compare

    Rams vs. Seahawks: How they compare

    LAST YEAR: The Rams swept the series last season. In their opener, they posted a 34-31 overtime victory at home that included a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown by Tavon Austin and a game-clinching stuff of Marshawn Lynch on fourth down. The teams met in Seattle in Week 16, and the Rams ended...

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