Sam Farmer

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.
NFL review and preview: Chargers vs. Chiefs is must-see

L.A. Times' Sam Farmer examines Week 14 of the NFL season and looks ahead to Week 15.

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‘Santa’s Sleigh’ comes a little early for Chicago and its backup tackle

It was a prime-time game on a see-your-breath Sunday night, in this frigid city so steeped in NFL history. Rams versus the Chicago Bears, a 15-6 slugfest, was truly a throwback game.