We all hate to lose. That said, we all HAVE lost, and when we did, we learned something about ourselves. We learned how to compete, and walk off proud no matter how it turned out. We learned when we got a little too cocky. We learned that there were always going to be better competitors out there. Then we learned to BE the best competitor that we could. Sometimes that led to us actually BEING the best. It's a little counterintuitive, but I learned more about winning when I lost. The more serious the drubbing, the more I learned.
I learned about losing on a swim team. You may have learned about it in basketball, hockey, gymnastics or any other number of competitive sports we took in school. The football team at Western Hills in Texas learned it when they got smoked 91-zip. Ouch. That kind of an ass-kicking leaves a mark, no doubt...but bullying? Some parents on the losing team say the coach of Aledo High, the victor, say he should have prevented his team from scoring that much. Imagine, telling a competitive kid that he has to back off so feelings don't get hurt...sheer idiocy. Now imagine being on the losing team and watching the winning team slack-off so you would "feel" better.
If someone had done that to me, I would have been enraged. It would have been insulting had the winning team metaphorically patted me on the head and let me score a few mercy points. I am a little type-A as it is, and I probably would have belted someone. That kind of condescension, no one needs.
The parents of the losers need to back the Hell up. Maybe ask the kids on the team how THEY feel about it. I bet they would find out that their kids are proud of themselves for staying in there and slugging it out until the bitter end. Now those parents, through a misguided sense of fair-play, are going to take THAT away from them. What a shame. The losers SHOULD be proud of themselves. They learned that they can face overwhelming odds and still keep their dignity. They learned that they don't back down...no matter what. They learned that they were men, not boys. Those kids EARNED that, and shame on their parents for trying to take it away.