“It is certainly a normal human response to want revenge when we are harmed,” Will Freeman, the track coach at Iowa’s Grinnell College who also teaches sports psychology, wrote in an email. “Can it increase motivation? Yes. Can that motivation go bad? Also, yes. Optimal performance requires the athlete find the optimal level of motivation and excitement for the situation. Too much, and the athlete can lose focus, control and mental awareness about the situation. Just as important, too much arousal can cause timing and rhythm issues with the athlete that result in poor performance.”
Read the full article, "Georgia faces Auburn rematch looking to avenge 23-point loss" in the Washington Post.