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#FlashbackFriday Raiders pics

7/15/2014

What had been an offseason semi-staple -- #ThrowbackThursday pictures from Raiders games I covered when they called Los Angeles home – has taken residence on another day.

Let’s call it #FlashbackFriday. At least for today. Following, then, are shots I took while stringing for my local newspaper, the Barstow (Calif.) Desert Dispatch.

In this black and white pic taken during the Raiders' 16-13 overtime victory over the eventual AFC champion Denver Broncos on Dec. 3, 1989, Howie Long tries to apply pressure on John Elway, who would be sacked three times (by Long, Scott Davis and Thomas Benson) and throw a pair of interceptions (both picks coming courtesy of Lionel Washington).

Here, following that same game, Long processes a reporter's question at his locker. Hey, he did have a sack, after all.

This is from Marcus Allen's final home game as a Raider, a 36-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 20, 1992. Allen, who was drafted by the Raiders in 1982, carried the ball just two times for 12 yards on this day, including in this picture, and caught one pass for 13 yards.

Hey, Arsenio Hall was still running things in 1992, so file this under Hall's "Things that make you go Hmmm." As in, future Hall of Fame running back/Raider-for-a-season Eric Dickerson lining up as a receiver in, yes, 1992. Hmmm, indeed.