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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.

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Devastated. 💔💔💔

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.

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.

He even tweeted his congratulations to his conquerors. 

We can only aspire to be as gracious a loser.

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Just look at him smiling away.

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Still smiling…

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He does know he hasn’t won, doesn’t he?

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And then, as if him proving what an A+ human he is wasn’t enough, this happened.

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Two legends brought together.

And look how happy Monkman is.

L o o k.

No one has ever been this happy.

#goals

Never stop smiling, Monkman.

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So, no, we didn’t get to see Monkman crowned victorious. But look at everything we gained.

👏🙌👏🙌👏🙌

ps. Very well played, Balliol. Impressive stuff.

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