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

  • NFC championship preview: Peppers and Freeney are in no rush to quit

    NFC championship preview: Peppers and Freeney are in no rush to quit

    While the spotlight will be squarely trained on the two star quarterbacks in the NFC championship game, the pass rushers chasing them down are worthy of some attention too. Green Bay’s Julius Peppers turned 37 last week, and Atlanta’s Dwight Freeney turns 37 on Feb. 19. Each has had a spectacular...

  • Suspect secondaries will try to avoid being shredded in NFC championship game

    Suspect secondaries will try to avoid being shredded in NFC championship game

    Every surgeon needs a patient, and the same goes for surgically precise quarterbacks. The operating room Sunday will be the Georgia Dome, and — with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan scrubbed up and ready to go — two suspect secondaries will be under the knife. Green Bay had the...

  • Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan form a high-quality quarterback quartet in NFL playoffs

    Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan form a high-quality quarterback quartet in NFL playoffs

    Were there a Mount Rushmore for NFL quarterbacks this season, the four playing this weekend would be reasonable picks for those hallowed spots. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and New England’s Tom Brady are all elite passers who have been around...

  • Oakland Raiders file application with NFL to relocate to Las Vegas

    Oakland Raiders file application with NFL to relocate to Las Vegas

    The Oakland Raiders have pushed their chips to the middle of the table, intending to relocate to Las Vegas. The club formally alerted the NFL on Thursday, submitting a relocation application and officially taking the first step toward a market the league has long avoided, the city being synonymous...

  • A look at this year's Super Bowl shuffle

    A look at this year's Super Bowl shuffle

    With one more Sunday of games left before Super Bowl LI, here are the four potential matchups for that Feb. 5 showcase game in Houston. Unlike last weekend’s divisional round, when all four games were rematches from the regular season, these potential Super Bowl pairings did not face each other...

  • NFL's final four get offensive to win playoff games

    NFL's final four get offensive to win playoff games

    The Denver Broncos made their case last season that it takes a great defense to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. This season’s four remaining teams — New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Atlanta — are proof that the Super Bowl pendulum tends to swing. While each of those teams has had its moments defensively,...

  • Packers edge the Cowboys in a shootout with last-second field goal

    Packers edge the Cowboys in a shootout with last-second field goal

    What began with a rookie’s legacy ended with the leg of a seasoned veteran. Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby stole the show Sunday from first-year Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, making two clutch field goals in the final two minutes to lift the Packers to a 34-31 divisional playoff victory before...

  • Matt Ryan leads Falcons past Seahawks, 36-20, and into NFC championship game

    Matt Ryan leads Falcons past Seahawks, 36-20, and into NFC championship game

    All that talk of nasty playoff weather in Kansas City, and it was the Seattle Seahawks who ran headlong into an Ice storm. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, nicknamed Matty Ice, put on a frozen-in-time performance Saturday in what could be the last game in the 25-year history of the Georgia Dome....

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