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More than ever, losers head for the low road

A Triple Crown hopeful’s owner complains about his horse’s loss in the Belmont Stakes, saying the winner’s team took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two races. An NHL hockey player taunts an opponent after his team exits the playoffs, violating tradition. A pollster to a prominent Republican congressman blames the candidate’s stunning loss on the “liberal media.”

This year is already shaping up to be a vintage one for sour grapes. A festival of fine whines and full-throated airing of grievances. A tsunami of sore losers and their pouting, ego-bruised surrogates.

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