Herb--Sorry to hear you lost, but you should have no regrets. As they say, you left nothing on the playing field, having given it your best shot. I am reminded of a favorite quote from Teddy Roosevelt about daring to get into the ring:
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
To those that sent hateful things, I deleted your vitriol. Hate is a disease that overtakes the hater, not the hated .