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‘5 Most Important Moments In ‘1883’ Season 1, Episode 3′

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In 1883 Season 1, Episode 3, entitled, “River,” death is as much as character as the individual Duttons. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, Episode 3 beings with a montage of death as the immigrants succumb in a variety of ways to the dangers of the open prairie. Ranging from a man getting run over by a wagon to a man getting mauled and killed by a wild dog to a woman bitten by a rattlesnake, these deaths shows that the fears shared by Shea (Sam Elliott), Thomas (LaMonica Garrett) and James (Tim McGraw) about the travelers’ ill preparedness were warranted. After reaching the Brazos River, the men are forced to choose: go East to the ferry at Dennison and lose valuable time or push West despite the risks to their party. Shea opts for caution while James opts for efficiency, which causes the first rift between the two men.

As Wade (James Landry Hébert) recruits Margaret (Faith Hill) and Isabel (Isabel May) to help lead the cattle to water, Shea and Thomas head back to camp and come across the desperate Noemi (Gratiela Brancusi), a Romani woman whose husband was killed by the bandits in Episode 2. Shea rejects her advances (“I can be a wife for you”) but pledges that he and Thomas will make sure she safely reaches Oregon. When they inquire about her supplies, Noemi says that a group of men stole everything after her husband died. Incensed, Shea and Thomas find the men, beat the shit out of them, break their wagon yoke and release their horses so that they can’t continue on. Shea issues a warning to the group (“If you steal, you will stay where you stole!”) and chastises Josef (Marc Rissmann) for not being a better leader.

When James and his son, John (Audie Rick), return from a hunting trip, Shea is waiting for them at their wagon to tell him the wagon train is going West after all. After forming a shaky agreement, Shea returns to camp to find the thieves he kicked out trying to form a rebellion against him. Shea quickly squashes it, terrifying the party with by recounting his experiences during the Battle Of The Wilderness. He allows the thieves to leave with their lives, which he later regrets. The next morning, the wagon train continues its long and arduous journey West where only more death awaits.

Let’s break down the 5 most important moments from Episode 3 that will have repercussions throughout the rest of the season.

EAST OR WEST?

Upon reaching the Brazos River, Shea, Thomas and James have to decide which direction to take. While James wants to cross the river now and continue west, Shea wants to backtrack to Dennison and let the wagon train cross the river on the ferry, which is the safer option. Shea tries to reason with James, warning about the consequences to the inexperienced travelers of going west: “They won’t make it. The country’s too rough. No water, there’s bandits in every canyon and there ain’t no wall around that reservation neither.” In classic Dutton stubbornness, James won’t hear any of Shea’s arguments, saying: “We gotta head west somewhere. May as well be here. West Texas is rough. It’s all rough…I ain’t asking for your permission. I’m telling you my decision. My decision’s west.”

Disappointed, Shea and Thomas head back to the camp. When Thomas points out that going back to Dennison would put them at least 2 weeks behind and closer to winter, Shea reiterates: “I’ll worry about winter when it comes. I’ll drown ’em if we cross here. They’ll die of thirst.” Thomas wisely replies: “They are dying pretty good as it is, Captain. And we haven’t even left Texas yet.” Shea begins to doubt his initial decision as the threat of winter continues to loom. One thing Shea knows for certain is that he doesn’t like James questioning his authority, despite his offering his services for free.

MEET NOEMI

Upon their return to the wagon trail, Shea and Thomas come across a despondent Noemi, crouched in a ball while her two sons complain of thirst. After the murder of her husband, she is completely alone. When Shea shows her kindness, Noemi throws herself upon him and sticks her hand down his pants. “Quit. I don’t want a wife. I’ll help you. I’ll help you with horse. I’ll help you set your camp with your boys. I had a wife, and I ain’t looking for another one,” Shea tells the desperate Noemi.

When Thomas returns after taking Noemi’s horses to water, he takes pity on her: “When you get to Portland, some handsome farmer’s gonna spot you in town and take one look at them big eyes and chase you down the street with flowers and candy.” As she’s comforted by this, Thomas continues, “You’ll get by out here just fine. We’ll get you there and then let a man earn your love instead of you trading for it. Trust me that crusty bastard over there… happiness runs from him like a scolded dog.” Given the cruelty of his profession and the harshness of the condition, Thomas’ gentleness and humor is surprising, but very welcome.

SHEA AND JAMES BUTT HEADS

James is shocked when he finds Shea waiting for him and John after their hunting trip. Being polite, James offers him some meat and the two sit down for a tête-à-tête around the camp fire. Shea reiterates: “If I take them east, it adds 3 weeks at the pace they’re moving. That puts us a south pass in October, November even.” When James stands firm on his decision to go west, Shea points out: “You said you’d help and you’re not helping.” Infuriated, James reminds him that Margaret and Elsa are with the cattle right now and the two men reach an impasse.

Shea knows James is right about heading west, but tells him, “You questioned my authority and I cannot have it.” James bluntly tells him, “I questioned going east and now we’re going west and I was right to question. I don’t work for you and I ain’t one of your patrons. The only family I give a shit about is mine.” They decide that Shea and Thomas will lead with the wagon train and James and his family will follow them with the cattle. Oh, and that offer of dinner? James rescinds it.

THE BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS

When Shea happens upon the thieves trying to start a rebellion against him and Thomas, Shea squashes it in the most intense way. After emasculating the thief in a quick draw, Shea recounts his experiences as a soldier during the Battle of The Wilderness which marked another attempt of the Union army to take the Confederate capital of Richmond. Shea snarls: “I fired my rifle so many times the barrel melted, just drooped like rotten fruit. So I killed with my pistol, and when I ran out of bullets, I killed with my sword and when my sword broke, I killed with my boots and bare hands. When the battle was over, I looked behind me, and the wilderness was gone.” Shea then gets to the point of his speech: “We killed 5,000 men that day. When I say killing you means nothing to me, I mean it. Killing you means nothing.”

He spares the thieves’ lives to show the wagon party he’s capable of mercy but immediately regrets his decision. When Thomas asks if Shea thinks the thieves will retaliate against Noemi, Shea laments: “I think they’re gonna go to Fort Worth and get drunk. Talk about all these wagons going north, find some men a whole lot tougher than they are and come back for all of us.” Maybe Shea should have shot them after all.

ENNIS COURTS ELSA

There has to be a bit of light in the darkness and that light is the blossoming romance between Elsa and Ennis (Eric Nelsen). When Elsa and Margaret arrived to help with the cattle, Ennis calls out, “Good looks run in the family I see,” to which Margaret replies, “Good manners don’t seem to run in yours.” Reeling with his interaction with the Dutton matriarch, Ennis is rather timid with Elsa, forcing her to take charge. When Elsa tells him, “This flirting thing is fun” and rides off, Ennis says incredulously to the cattle “She is flirting! Kind of mean the way she does it, but she is flirting!”

When Margaret later points out Ennis and Elsa are sweet on each other to James, she says, “There’s no gentlemen where we are and none where we’re going.” James points out that she herself did not marry a gentleman. The next day, James approaches Ennis and gives him his permission to court Elsa, which surprises Ennis as he doesn’t know what courting is. James does issue a warning: “If you break her heart or get handsy, you and me gonna have a problem.” When Ennis jokes, “define handsy,” James gives him the stare down of a lifetime. It’s too soon to be ribbing your potential father-in-law, Ennis!

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Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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