PS3 MK9 players. Getting burned out?

Typically the way I  play fighting games is to briefly learn the basics in Single Player then just jump into player matches and learn how to get good by getting my ass beaten. Obviously this aint the case with MK9 on PS3 due to PSN problems. What is everyone doing, hanging out in training mode? soldiering through story mode? I'm just grinding the ladder mode. I can get up to Khan on hard without losing a round with Sonya.

I'm gonna be patient and I'm still looking forward to getting online but I can only play single player for so long. Fighting games are all about human competition, something that MK9 is unfortunately lacking right now.