University Challenge: 5 reasons why ‘useless’ Eric Monkman is still our hero
Presenter Jeremy Paxman may have have branded one of his answers 'useless' but there's no denying Eric Monkman was still the star of Monday night's University Challenge final.
In fact, despite his Wolfson College Cambridge team losing by 50 points to Oxford's Balliol, it's safe to say he dominated the entire series.
The final saw him answer those starter questions like a man possessed but his one-man team was ultimately not enough to defeat the power of four headed up by Joey Goldman across the studio.
Here are five reasons why Monkman is still our University Challenge hero:
There is no doubt that Monkman, who graduated with a Masters in Econonomics, is a tad smarter than the rest of humanity. His ability to answer a starter question is unmatched and, quite frankly, awe-inspiring.
Is there a contestant in the history of University Challenge who has been possessed of such intensity? That unwavering stare, those facial expressions, that booming voice combined with a Frankenstein-esque haircut, those jumpers (perhaps there's only one?), starched collars - the man commands attention.
Halfway through the episode Monkman struggled to answer a question and Paxman roared, "That was a completely uselesss answer". Monkman agreed with him.
Monkman's face at Paxo's "that's a completely useless answer"! *hugs TV* #universitychallenge— 𝔞𝔩𝔢𝔵 𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔞𝔫 (@hildeleoma) April 10, 2017
I wonder if Monkman realises he is a national icon & is deeply valued in the Twitter universe 😂 #UniversityChallenge— Ali (@RoyMustang786) April 10, 2017
He also previously revealed that he had studied maths and physics at the University of Waterloo but said he "didn't have the mathematical aptitude for it".
His graciousness in defeat
Who was the first to applaud Balliol following their win? Yes, Mr Monkman.
Even in defeat the great man applauds and has a beaming smile across his mush; history will treat the Monkman well #UniversityChallenge— Miles Evans (@milominder) April 10, 2017
His excitement at standing in the vicinity of Stephen Hawking
Probably the most endearing moment in the history of University Challenge was Monkman's fanboy reaction to meeting Stephen Hawking.