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Sam Lagana hopes his enthusiasm as Rams' new public address announcer is contagious

Sam Lagana hopes his enthusiasm as Rams' new public address announcer is contagious

Sam Lagana sat in a moderately sized office atop a hill in Malibu that overlooked the Pacific Ocean and chuckled as he pulled out his iPhone. 

Lagana retrieved a text message sent by Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr, who razzed him about ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Sean McDonough mispronouncing his name — “Laganya” — before the introduction to the national anthem at the Rams’ exhibition opener against the Cowboys.

“Have fun tonight and all season, Sam,” Kerr’s text concluded.

Lagana, the associate vice chancellor at Pepperdine University and a longtime friend of Kerr’s from Pacific Palisades,...

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