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Raiders #ThrowbackThursday pics

6/12/2014

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.

Same game and, despite Marcus Allen wearing his helmet here, he did not play. Neither did Jay Schroeder.

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?

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.

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.