It Doesn’t Matter That Monkman Lost The University Challenge Final, He’s Still a Hero
Last night, something terrible happened.
A legend was defeated. A hero was defeated. Monkman was defeated.
— Alice 🦋 (@Alas_Strychnine) April 10, 2017
I'm absolutely heartbroken for Monkman the absolute hound #UniversityChallenge
— Matthew Broadbent (@matty2992) April 10, 2017
— Sam Prescott (@SamPresc) April 10, 2017
Yes, last night, Eric Monkman, the man the legend, and his fellow Emmanuel College Cambridge team mates lost the University Challenge final to Balliol College Oxford.
In spite of getting off to a strong start, with Monkman bossing the answer to one of the first starter questions about a magic flute, the Cambridge team kept losing their grip on the lead and ultimately finished with 140 points to Balliol’s 190.
It doesn’t matter though. Monkman might not be a winner, but he is still our hero.
Monkman may have lost in the final but he won our hearts #UniversityChallenge
— pazi zamzam (@pazizamzam) April 10, 2017
Monkman is the hero of the people. #UniversityChallenge
— Jess Long (@JessCiara) April 10, 2017
So we didn’t get to see him win. Shit happens. What we did get to see was him accept defeat like a pro.
Which, in a way, was even better.
— Oliver Kassman (@OliverKassman) April 10, 2017
He even tweeted his congratulations to his conquerors.
— Eric Monkman (@e_monkman) April 10, 2017
We can only aspire to be as gracious a loser.
Just look at him smiling away.
He does know he hasn’t won, doesn’t he?
And then, as if him proving what an A+ human he is wasn’t enough, this happened.
Two legends brought together.
What an honour it is for Professor Stephen Hawking getting to meet Monkman like that. #UniversityChallenge
— Tom Ruzyllo (@truzyllo) April 10, 2017
And look how happy Monkman is.
— Robin Edds (@robinedds) April 10, 2017
L o o k.
I aspire to reach the level of happiness that Eric monkman was at when he met Stephen Hawking pic.twitter.com/CcY6haR3rB
— Evelyn (@eve_rowland) April 11, 2017
No one has ever been this happy.
— Conor Curtin (@RealAuroraHours) April 10, 2017
— Dawn Pike (@DawnLPike) April 10, 2017
Never stop smiling, Monkman.
So, no, we didn’t get to see Monkman crowned victorious. But look at everything we gained.
— Ellen (@teaspoonofsugar) April 10, 2017
ps. Very well played, Balliol. Impressive stuff.