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

  • L.A. Times' Sam Farmer predicts the Rams will beat the 49ers 23-16 in Thursday night football

    L.A. Times' Sam Farmer predicts the Rams will beat the 49ers 23-16 in Thursday night football

    NFL Thursday night RAMS (1-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO (0-2) When: 5:15 p.m. PDT, Ch. 4 and NFL Network. Line: Rams by 2. Over/under: 40. Sam Farmer’s pick: Despite losing at home to Washington, the Rams are finally dynamic on offense. They’re playing with confidence. The 49ers are pretty solid, but they...

  • Denver Broncos are off to a running start

    Denver Broncos are off to a running start

    The team from the Mile High City is on the rise. The Denver Broncos are running the ball and stopping the run — they did neither well last season — and have a surprisingly effective quarterback in Trevor Siemian. As a result, they are 2-0 with impressive home victories over the Chargers and Dallas,...

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