Fortunately, John was late
John's Late won the quiz this week. That's an awful team name but we'll let it slide. Would they have won if John was not late? Possibly John being late helped them in some way. It might have given them an extra boost of determination, a stronger thirst for victory, knowing the mountain they would have to climb in John's absence. (The mountain is metaphorical) Then John arriving was like that bit in Star Wars when Han Solo is all like "You're all clear kid! Now let's blow this thing and go home!" and they realised they were being supported all along and it gave them the necessary oomph to push them over the edge, to really give their all, to make that final go-for-broke do-or-die effort that carried them through to the glory and unspeakably profound sense of achievement that life has really been lived that can only be known by those true heroes who have dedicated every cell, every atom of their body to quizzing.