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What I’m Watching: The Rangers Witness History?

Plus: can the Cowboys slow down Aaron Donald? And what insight will we get about the Stars' roster in their final preseason tune-up?
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Aaron Judge might go into baseball's record books in Arlington. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cooper Rush earned a place in the Cowboys’ record book and, one day, a place in Dallas sports fans’ memories, too. So, yeah, the would-be quarterback controversy isn’t dead and buried yet, even if Jerry Jones wants it to be. Elsewhere, the Stars’ youngsters have forced more interesting roster conversations than we’re used to seeing from Dallas. And we’ll have to wait until Wednesday to see SMU take on UCF after Hurricane Ian caused the game to be postponed.

Here’s what I’m watching this week:

Monday, 10/3 through Wednesday, 10/5—Rangers versus Aaron Judge’s home-run-record chaseVarious times, Bally Sports Southwest

The Rangers’ season is ending with a shot at history, just like we all expected.

It just so happens that said history might come from the opposing team’s dugout. For those unaware, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge enters the final series of the regular season stuck on 61 home runs. One more breaks his tie with Roger Maris for the most homers in American League history—and, depending on your sensibilities, perhaps the major-league record given that all three of the players ahead of them in the single-season totals were linked to performance-enhancing drugs. (Those would be bad sensibilities, but let’s not that have that debate here).

So, yeah, you’re gonna want to watch, and maybe even get down to Globe Life Field. But record or no record, Jamey Newberg and I each will be writing about the end of the Rangers’ season later this week.

Saturday, 10/8—Stars at Wild—5 p.m., Bally Sports Southwest

The final game of the preseason always amounts to something of a dress rehearsal, and this one will be quite telling about the Stars’ intentions heading into the start of the Pete DeBoer era. We’ll have more on that this week from someone I bet you’ll be happy to read around these parts.

Sunday, 10/9—The Cowboys’ interior offensive line versus Aaron Donald3:25 p.m., FOX

If Micah Parsons isn’t the NFL’s best defensive player already, it’s because the best defensive player of the last decade is still going strong.

No one relishes dealing with Donald, the Rams’ future Hall of Fame defensive tackle, and it stands to reason that Dallas especially won’t with Tyler Biadasz at center plus a revolving door at left guard. Much better offensive lines than this have failed to contain the 31-year-old, so don’t expect that to happen Sunday. The goal is to keep him at bay long enough for Los Angeles not to sabotage Rush and/or Dak Prescott under center. Manage that, and the Cowboys will have taken the first of many steps toward upsetting the Super Bowl champions.

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