– Advertisement – Compared to patching up that pandemic dam after it has already burst, other Day One agenda items for the incoming Biden administration are considerably easier:• Rejoin the Paris climate accords, which were abandoned by Trump due to his belief that the warming climate was a hoax.• Rejoin the World Heath Organization, which was abandoned by Trump in a fit of anti-China nationalism.- Advertisement – Those are the public ones. A less spoken-of priority will be to turn out every one of Trump’s government appointees as soon as humanly possible; the current Republican administration has been known for corruption, extremism, incompetence, and simple thuggery. Trump purged the government of nonpartisan watchdogs and instituted multiple programs to root out what his toadies considered “disloyalty”; the damage done there will take a decade to undo.Similarly, Biden is all but certain to reinstate the firewall between the Department of Justice and the White House—a firewall that prohibits the White House from meddling in federal prosecutions. Prosecutors previously stymied by Trump Attorney General William Barr will again be free to probe and, if necessary, indict Trump’s long list of personal allies caught doing crooked things on his behalf.Those last two point to a more immediate problem, however. It is likely that the outgoing and thoroughly craptastic administration will attempt to do as much damage to government as possible, in the next months, out of 1.) self-protection and 2.) raw spite. Trump may or may not attempt blanket pardons of all allies, for all crimes. A flurry of new “deregulations” is likely to further erode civil rights, environmental laws, and other Republican-hated bits of government.The Republican Senate will take no actions to stop it, and will help it along if they can.Short version, then: buckle in. Turning Trump out of office will be a hundred times more effort than Trump himself spent to enter it. Trump installed a cadre of hard-right Republican allies whose only qualification was their willingness to slather him with praise. They’ve gutted institutions from the State Department to the Department of Health and Human Services, made a wreck of literally everything they touched, and will now be attempting to make off with the copper plumbing before authorities arrive. Highest on the agenda, and by necessity: confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump and his team are not expected to make any serious moves to contain the pandemic—and are certainly not likely to take it any more seriously now than they did pre-election, when their careers depended on at least pretending to give a damn. It is possible that the United States death toll could double before Biden and his own team are able to have the first of their own White House press conferences. Biden is likely to begin public advocacy for his new plan (which can be tersely described as “listen to the experts, and do what they say”) near-immediately, using his president-elect status to urge the mask-wearing and social distancing measures that should have been in place all along.We are in a familiar place, then. The last Republican presidency left the economy in tatters, and repairing it became the all-encompassing imperative of the incoming Democratic one. Here we are again.- Advertisement – • Reinstate executive orders protecting DREAMers, after they were explicitly targeted by white supremacist Trump adviser Stephen Miller.• Eliminate the “Muslim ban,” Trump’s blanket ban on immigrants from majority-Muslim nations other than ones he personally had business interests in.• Reinstating, en masse, environmental regulations that Trump’s far-right Republican allies gutted at the request of environment-damaging industries.- Advertisement –
James “Buster” Douglas’ mother passing away just over three weeks before his heavyweight championship bout against Mike Tyson served as the underdog’s greatest motivating factor in knocking out “The Baddest Man on The Planet.”But Douglas had additional motivation leading up to the 1990 bout, which still stands as arguably the greatest upset in sports history ahead of its 30-year anniversary. When asked if anything could be counted as a greater upset in sports, Douglas said, “I don’t think so. Nah. It’s an amazing honor.”Although Douglas wound up losing the WBA, WBC, IBF and lineal heavyweight titles to Evander Holyfield eight months later, his incredible victory against Tyson cemented his place in sports history.”The reason why I turned pro was to leave my mark on this world, and I’m glad to say I accomplished that,” Douglas said. “Out of all these billions of people in the world, my name will resonate forever.” MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15″It was the media that really wasn’t taking me serious because they really weren’t giving me any chance,” Douglas told Sporting News in New York City on Friday before a screener for ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary titled “42 to 1,” which premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.The title refers to the lopsided odds that were placed on the fight, although Douglas wasn’t aware of them as he headed toward the bout at the Tokyo Dome.”I knew they were ridiculous,” Douglas said of the odds, “but I didn’t know how bad they were.””Buster” did know the media was treating the match as a foregone conclusion, however. Everyone anticipated Tyson recording another KO. Questions from reporters mirrored that feeling at the time.”It was like, ‘Buster, how much do you think you’re going to weigh? What color trunks are you going to wear?’” Douglas said. “I’m serious! They were scratching their heads like, ‘What the f— are we going to ask him?’”Looking back, “Buster” couldn’t blame them for assuming he would lose. A then-23-year-old heavyweight world champion, Tyson entered the ring with a 37-0 record, including 33 KOs to his name, carving out a reputation as the most ferocious puncher in boxing.”Realistically, they got caught up in that,” Douglas said of the media being captivated by the aura of Tyson. “By the time we fought, Mike was proven to be a world beater, a legitimate champion. He beat some formidable guys. I don’t blame [the media]. They’re going off what they see. But I think you should still treat a guy with respect because he gets in there.”And it wasn’t just the media writing off Douglas before the fight.”[My mom] went and told all her friends that I was going to win — ‘Buster is going to knock Mike Tyson out,'” Douglas said. “They still didn’t believe her. They didn’t know nothing about the boxing game. They only knew what they seen and they seen this wrecking ball. If you weren’t decapitating people, you had no chance against this man.”MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearDouglas went on to prove that he had more than a puncher’s chance. The sports world wasn’t ready for what was about to happen — against all odds — on Feb. 11, 1990 in Tokyo.”It took about four or five rounds for people to realize that ‘S—, this dude is fighting Mike,'” Douglas said. “He wasn’t doing what he usually did. Any other time, the fight would’ve been over. He would have been going in there like a hell-beater. He thought he could do that to me, but he found out it was going to be a long night.”The bout saw a battered Tyson knock Douglas down with a right uppercut during the waning seconds of the eighth round, but the challenger roared back in the ninth, paving the way for the round of his life.Connecting on a few left jabs to gauge his range, Douglas landed a pulverizing right uppercut, following it up with a vicious left-right-left hook combination that sent Tyson crashing to the mat. The image of “Iron” Mike with scrambled faculties patting around the canvas to search for his mouthpiece remains one of the most shocking boxing moments of all time.