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Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Morning pixels: Heath Shuler’s preseason (home) debut


Ten plays, 20 plays, whatever: Thursday night will be the first preseason game of Robert Griffin III’s career. You never get a second chance to make a first fake-game impression, and all that.

So I figured it was my holy duty to bring you highlights from the WaPo coverage of Heath Shuler’s first (home) preseason game, in August of 1994.

* The crowd of 40,778 at RFK Stadium gave Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Heath Shuler three series. And then they booed.

* Kansas City’s Joe Montana was there to remind folks of his greatness. Shuler and John Friesz were there to figure out who will be the starting quarterback for the Redskins when this season begins Sept. 4.

* Asked about the booing, Shuler said: “I thought it was pretty funny. I went to a great high school with great fans. In college, we had the best fans in America. I assumed coming here we would have the same thing. But they were just disappointed. We’ll find out about the real fans when we start winning and everyone jumps on the bandwagon.”

* “It’s not like he was horrible,” [Norv] Turner said of Shuler, who was 9-of-22 for 61 yards. “He was just a little bit off. That is the big question. Can we take him from being just a little bit off to being on? And how long does it take?”

Holy Hankerson. Those were bad, bad days. It’s literally impossible to imagine Mike Shanahan saying, “It’s not like he was horrible” late Thursday night. I don’t like to make predictions, but I’m here to predict that Friday’s game story will not be nearly this horrific to read 20 years from now.

(Note: I later realized the story I highlighted was from Shuler’s first game at RFK, but his second preseason game overall. In his first, he was 4-10 for 47 yards with an interception.)

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Jason Reid on RGIII: “There’s no need for him to be flawless, or even particularly good, against the Bills. Just a few encouraging signs would suffice.”

On the battered offensive line.

Gio Gonzalez homered and pitched a complete game, no big deal.

I wrote another A1 story about Nats fans being excited.

On D.C. United’s Nick DeLeon and his father.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT I
Just Drew Storen, tweeting about Shark attacks.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
Just Drew Storen’s dad, tweeting about Wednesday night’s umpiring.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT III
Just Andrea Mitchell, tweeting about Wednesday night’s umpiring.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Adam LaRoche talked to Angel Hernandez about his run-in with Bryce Harper.

“He assured me that they were good pitches. He said he would never do that to Bryce, he loves him, he loves the way he plays and that there’s no kind of initiation there. He called it the way he would call it to anybody.”

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Look, the Astros were mad at Angel Hernandez, too. (Bob Levey - Getty)

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in Houston on MASN2 at 8. The Orioles host the Royals at 7 on MASN. The Redskins play the Bills at 7 in HD on ComcastSportsNet, and in SD on NBC Nonstop. The Ravens host Atlanta at 7:30 on WJLA. All TV/Radio listings are here.

OTHER STUFF
Two kids traded Gio’s home run ball for Bryce Harper autographed baseballs.

George W. Bush used to listen to Charlie and Dave’s Nats broadcasts.

Mark Lerner on this month: “Friends, we are in the midst of a real pennant race....Honestly, my early impression is that it is equal parts pleasure and agony.”

John Feinstein once got a Patriot League basketball game delayed to help his schedule.

Josh Morgan says RGIII’s ball “is like toilet paper.”

McKayla Maroney is not impressed by the Redskins.

BEER NEWS
There are cool launch events for the new 3 Stars Brewing Company Thursday and Friday at Churchkey and The Big Hunt.

TEXTING NEWS
A report from the 2012 National Texting Championships, which come with a $50,000 prize.

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Categories:  Redskins | Tags:  Heath Shuler, RGIII, Robert Griffin III, Bryce Harper, Angel Hernandez, Gio Gonzalez, John Feinstein

 
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