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 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

  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's biggest fan works for the Rams

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's biggest fan works for the Rams

    More than 66,000 bundled-up spectators will pack Gillette Stadium on Sunday and not only cheer for New England against the Rams, but for quarterback Tom Brady to claim another piece of NFL history. Last week, he tied the retired Peyton Manning with his 200th victory. One of Brady’s best friends...

  • Rams clear things up with Eric Dickerson, but he still won't be going to games

    Rams clear things up with Eric Dickerson, but he still won't be going to games

    Eric Dickerson reversed field on one element of controversy, but the NFL Hall of Fame running back remained steadfast about another Friday as the Rams departed for Sunday’s game at New England. After a meeting Thursday with Kevin Demoff, Dickerson said he no longer holds the Rams’ chief executive...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 13

    Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 13

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 11-5 (.688); season 116-59-2 (.663). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 9-6-1 (.600);...

  • John Elway, the greatest Bronco ever, is also the John Elway of NFL general managers

    John Elway, the greatest Bronco ever, is also the John Elway of NFL general managers

    John Elway loved that pool table. Shame it couldn’t stay. Elway unveiled it at a party to cut the ribbon on his renovated basement near the end of his legendary career as quarterback of the Denver Broncos. The man cave had everything — a screening room for movies, an elaborate bar to watch games,...

  • Times' Sam Farmer predicts the Cowboys will defeat the Vikings, 24-20, in Thursday night football game

    Times' Sam Farmer predicts the Cowboys will defeat the Vikings, 24-20, in Thursday night football game

    NFL tonight DALLAS (10-1) AT MINNESOTA (6-5) TV: Channel 4, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PST Line: Cowboys by 3. Over/under: 43 ½. Sam Farmer’s pick: This might be Dak Prescott’s best test, especially with the game being on the road. The Cowboys are on a roll, though, and the Vikings are going to have...

  • Jeff Fisher vs. Eric Dickerson story refuses to die out

    Jeff Fisher vs. Eric Dickerson story refuses to die out

    Rams Coach Jeff Fisher insists Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson is welcome to be around the team. Dickerson says he holds no ill will toward Fisher. But neither man gave ground Tuesday in their feud, one that has plunged the struggling NFL team into controversy. Fisher said Dickerson could...

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