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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

  • Super Bowl notes: James White has huge game

    Super Bowl notes: James White has huge game

    New England Patriots running back James White enjoyed a career night in the biggest game of his life. White caught a Super Bowl-record 14 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 29 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in the New England Patriots’ 34-28 victory over the...

  • Tom Brady leads Patriots to epic Super Bowl comeback victory

    Tom Brady leads Patriots to epic Super Bowl comeback victory

    It was a game that left the football world Brady Gaga. After a first half in which he played like that impostor in a Tom Brady mask, the New England Patriots quarterback put on a Super Bowl performance for the ages Sunday, leading his team back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons...

  • Brady leads Patriots to epic Super Bowl comeback victory

    Brady leads Patriots to epic Super Bowl comeback victory

    Super Bowl LI: Patriots win thriller over Falcons in overtime Feb. 5, 2017, 8:32 p.m. The New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, making Tom Brady the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl games....

  • Super Bowl LI: Players to know and players who must deliver

    Super Bowl LI: Players to know and players who must deliver

    Here are some players you should know and players who must deliver in Super Bowl LI: FALCONS YOU SHOULD KNOW Patrick DiMarco, Fullback DiMarco is an excellent lead blocker but also goes out on pass patterns. He’s a bit of a wild card, particularly when the Patriots are going with a lighter and...

  • Super Bowl LI: How the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots match up

    Super Bowl LI: How the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots match up

    Falcons pass offense vs. Patriots pass defense Matt Ryan has been on fire this season and has so many receiving weapons. His 117.1 rating was the best in the NFL. Julio Jones finished second in the NFL with 1,409 yards receiving, Mohamed Sanu is terrific in the red zone, and Taylor Gabriel has...

  • Tom Brady is the talk of Super Bowl LI

    Tom Brady is the talk of Super Bowl LI

    Super Bowl LI: Patriots win thriller over Falcons in overtime Feb. 5, 2017, 8:32 p.m. The New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, making Tom Brady the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl games....

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