The 49ers held their ‘Farewell to the ‘Stick' charity flag football game last Saturday as the old Candlestick Park gets its proper sendoff. Candlestick was once home to both the 49ers and the Giants for many years. The 49ers got their new stadium built and will begin playing games there this season and the Giants have long since played their games in Pac Bell/SBC/AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco.
There have been a lot of memories in old Candlestick, both in baseball, football, and otherwise. The A's and Giants were playing the World Series against each other in 1989 when the big quake happened. The top moment in 49ers history "The Catch", when Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark in the back of the endzone in the NFC Championship, happened there. And the Beatles played their final concert there.
The Oakland Coliseum has long been the only stadium which still houses both baseball and football and it is the most dilapidated stadium in the League. The Raiders have been trying hard for some time to get a new stadium on the same site and those plans would require that O.co be demolished.
This means that the Raiders could have a similar ‘Farewell to the OACC' game in hopefully the not so distant future for them. For those unfamiliar, OACC stands for Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. That's what the Oakland Coliseum was named for most of its existence before it went through a series of corporate brands such as Network Associates, McAfee, and O.co.
So, just for the hell of it, let's see if we can put together a team of players who might make up the team the Raiders put on the field for that game. Keep in mind, they can't really go back farther than the late 80s as the players would actually have to play in the game and there are a lot of Raider greats who never played in OACC (Marcus Allen, Bo Jackson, etc).
Quarterback: Rich Gannon, Jeff Hostetler
Running back: Napoleon Kaufman, Justin Fargas, Zack Crockett, John Ritchie
Wide receiver: Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, Cliff Branch, James Jett, Ronald Curry
Tight end: Roland Williams, Doug Jolley, Andrew Glover
Offensive line: Barry Sims, Lincoln Kennedy, Steve Wisniewski, Jeremy Newberry, Kevin Gogan, Cooper Carlisle
Defensive line: Howie Long, Derrick Burgess, Lance Johnstone, Russell Maryland, Roderick Coleman