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What I’m Watching: The Iron Skillet

Plus: the Wings look to clinch their first-round playoff series, while the Rangers aim to stay alive in the A.L. playoff picture.
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We only have so many Iron Skillets left on the schedule. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It was a clean sweep last week, as all three of the Cowboys, Rangers, and Wings won their featured game. Can they keep the momentum going? Barring something shocking, the Cowboys will against lowly Arizona. How about everyone else?

Here’s what I’m watching this week:

Tuesday, 9/19—Wings versus Dream—8:00 p.m., ESPN

Friday’s impressive comeback—Dallas trailed by as much as 15 before running away with a 94-82 victory—gives the Wings two chances to close out their series with Atlanta and seal a long-overdue trip to the second round of the playoffs. All the better to do it tomorrow night, both to reward its very patient fan base and nab extra rest along the way, too.

Saturday, 9/23—SMU at TCU11:00 a.m., FS1

Need I say more about one of the final scheduled meeting between these two games, given TCU’s decision to pause the 102-year-old rivalry after the 2025 edition? Well, I already did last month. My position remains unchanged: celebrate this one while North Texas still has it.

Sunday, 9/24—Rangers versus Mariners, Game 31:35 p.m., Bally Sports Southwest

Just when the Rangers showed signs of life, they go and get swept by mediocre Cleveland, jeopardizing their playoff hopes all over again. The Morning News’ Evan Grant did a nice breakdown of Texas’ various playoff scenarios this morning, but make no mistake: any and all positive outcomes involve taking care of business in two upcoming series with division rival and fellow playoff hopeful Seattle.

The first of those concludes on Sunday, at which point we may have a better idea of what we’re in for over the final week of the regular season. Then again, given this topsy-turvy season, maybe not.

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