It’s now ten days since the lying, sexist, racist, thin-skinned, orange-faced clown was elected to the most powerful office in the world, and it’s still a huge shock, and slightly disturbing, to utter these words: president-elect Donald Trump. As far as surprises go, Trump now having access to the nuclear codes makes Leicester City winning the Premier League seem utterly normal and to be expected.
In a vain bid to try and bring some calm to the currently ridiculous reality, I’ll try and convince you that complete surprises, at least on the sports field, are not that rare and are, in fact, part of life’s rich, if slightly bewildering and pride-swallowing, tapestry. It may not make you feel any less worried about the identity of the next leader of the free world, but here are four great sporting shocks to remind you that surprises are sometimes not to be feared and part of being part of the human race.
DENMARK WINNING THE 1992 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brian Laudrup, at center, of Denmark soccer team lifts the trophy after winning the final game of the European soccer Championships, on June 26, 1992 in Goteborg, Sweden. Denmark defeated Germany 2-0 to win the Championship. (AP)
JAMES ‘BUSTER’ DOUGLAS BEATS MIKE TYSON
In this Feb. 11, 1990, file photo, James Douglas follows with a left, dropping Mike Tyson to the canvas in the 10th round of scheduled 12-round heavyweight champion bout at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Tyson, the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history, comes into the bout 37-0 with 33 knockouts, while the unknown Douglas is 29-4-1 with 19 KOs. (AP)
JOHN DALY WINS THE 1991 US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
John Daly of Memphis, Tenn., holds up the PGA trophy after winning the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana on Sunday, August 11, 1991. (AP)
JAPAN BEAT SOUTH AFRICA IN 2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP
Japan celebrate after their victory Reuters