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

  • The big questions in the NFL as teams head into training camp

    The big questions in the NFL as teams head into training camp

    Football is a game of hunches. At this time of year, with rosters just taking shape, there are far more questions than answers. From relocated teams to rehabilitated players, to rookies looking to make a splash, there are all sorts of compelling story lines. Ten questions as we head into NFL training...

  • British Open: First major title slips away from Matt Kuchar

    British Open: First major title slips away from Matt Kuchar

    For his second-place finish in the British Open, Matt Kuchar leaves Royal Birkdale with a check worth $1,067,000. And without the Claret Jug. That’s a painful reality for someone who has earned more money than any current player — about $40 million — without a major championship to his name. When...

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