When I was in elementary school, I played in a tetherball competition with the girls in my 5th-grade class.
After beating several other girls, I was paired with the most popular girl in the class. All of the kids were standing around us watching our match, and I was ahead for most of the game.
It was thrilling to be kicking the butt of the most popular girl, especially since I wasn’t much of an athlete.
But as the match went on, all of our classmates started cheering for my opponent. Every time she scored, there was wild enthusiasm. When I scored, there was silence.