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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Raiders #ThrowbackThursday pics

By Paul Gutierrez

If it’s Thursday, it must be #ThrowbackThursday pic time, a chance to go into my archives from my days as a junior college student and Barstow Desert Dispatch correspondent and post some pictures I took while covering Oakland Raiders games when they called Los Angeles home.

Bo Jackson could do a lot of things on the field, as he did in averaging 5.5 yards per carry in 1989, but in this game against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 3, 1989, he was limited to 44 yards on 14 carries. Vance Mueller, meanwhile, did not have a carry, but returned two kickoffs for 41 yards in the Raiders' 16-13 overtime victory.

Last #TBT of the night...#Raiders RB @BoJackson gives way to #PrideOfOccidental #VanceMueller in 1989 vs #Broncos pic.twitter.com/vX5r5KDUqW

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) June 6, 2014
Same game and, despite Marcus Allen wearing his helmet here, he did not play. Neither did Jay Schroeder.

#TBT #Raiders @MarcusAllenHOF, Jay Schroeder,@stevebeuerlein & @BoJackson take in @Raiders defense vs #Broncos in '89 pic.twitter.com/bLjqG3kRmC

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) June 5, 2014
This was at the postgame media conference following Todd Marinovich's NFL debut, against the Kansas City Chiefs, on Dec. 22, 1991. He had a QB rating of 100.3 after completing 23 of 40 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in the Raiders' season-ending 27-21 loss. Haunted by the look in his eyes yet?

#TBT #Raiders QB @ToddMarinovich, rockin an Indiana Jones Fedora, seems to notice me after his first NFL start in '91 pic.twitter.com/xogXukGgda

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) June 5, 2014
OK, back to that Broncos game in 1989. Steve Beuerlein, with some help from right tackle Bruce Wilkerson, stays a step ahead of Broncos linebacker Simon Fletcher, who had 12 sacks that season, but none on this day.

#TBT, ICYMI, #Raiders QB @stevebeuerlein avoids the #Broncos rush in 1989 pic.twitter.com/5e6IC9F0Fn

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) June 6, 2014
Bo Jackson may not have had a big game against the Broncos on this day, but in his career, his five TDs against Denver, in four games, were his most against any team. You have to wonder what was on his mind here.

#TBT #Raiders RB @BoJackson catches his breath on @Raiders bench vs #Broncos in pic I shot in 1989 pic.twitter.com/5uxK0MnlEC

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) June 5, 2014