#2 Nerfherder,you have learned well. Learning to lose is the most important lesson to be learned from ANY game. Eventually every player of every game will have his/her ass handed to them by a better player or a better team. It is fun to win, though.
War story. When I was in USAF basic training, the drill instructor came into the barracks and asked if anybody knew how to play chess. We had all been there for a few weeks, so no one raised their hand. He liked teasing me because I was a college drop-out, and came to me and said he knew I knew how to play chess, and to come to his office. He set up the board, and said it was my move. I was busily throwing the game to get it over with, when he said, "Quit sandbagging." I was already down by a knight and two pawns; but I came back and threw him off the board. The next day, when everybody else was doing basic training things, I was representing the squadron at a base tournament. I got beat in the first round by the guy who went on to win the tournament. Then I got beat again by the guy who would be second. Then I was done.