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Dallas Braden didn't really celebrate until he learned that Alex Rodriguez watched the game.
It's hard to argue with perfection. Such is the case with Dallas Braden, who pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon. It was the first perfect game for Oakland in 42 years, but the second time the Rays found themselves on the wrong side of "El Perfecto" in the past two seasons - Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox threw one against the Rays on July 23rd last year.
Braden can now move on from his argument with A-Rod about the unwritten rules of baseball to, well, perhaps another argument about the unwritten rules of baseball. Evan Longoria, leading off in the 5th inning, tried to bunt to break up the perfect game. Seriously, has anyone ever considered writing these rules down? Some players may find it just a tad bit helpful.
Off the diamond and into the Octagon, there was another dominant performance this weekend. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua pretty much destroyed Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida in their rematch following a semi-controversial decision in their first bout last year. Shogun knocked out The Dragon three and a half minutes into the first round on Saturday night to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Now, Rua can look forward to probably facing either Rashad Evans or the A-Team's Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. One fighter who will not be on Rua's calendar is Kimbo Slice, whose poor performance this weekend seems to have ended his career in the UFC.
Meanwhile, back to a more serene setting, Tim Clark shot the low round of the day on Sunday (5-under 67) to come from behind and win The Players Championship - his first PGA Tour victory. Of course, that means that once again, Lee Westwood let a 54-hole lead slip away, just as he did at The Masters. Though to be fair, Westwood didn't have the worst weekend at TPC Sawgrass - nor did Tiger Woods, who withdrew from the final round with a neck injury. That unfortunate award goes to the drunk guy who got tasered. Or is it tased? That's one of those questions that you probably don't want to know the answer.
And, of course, that's only scratching the surface of this great weekend of sports. There was also Mark Teixeira's three home runs, Goran Dragic's coming out party (which kind of got overshadowed by the Suns' sweeping the Spurs right out of the tournament), Rajon Rondo's triple-double, and the Sharks dining on octopus while eliminating Detroit from the NHL Playoffs. Oh yeah, and South African officials said that they want Team USA to be sent home early from this summer's World Cup. Nothing like a little more motivation, no matter where you find it.
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