Chat with John Brenkus
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, Sport Science host John Brenkus stops by to chat about his Emmy Award-winning TV show.
Sport Science uncovers sports' biggest myths and mysteries by utilizing cutting-edge technology to measure momentum, friction and the laws of gravity. In addition to his role as host of Sport Science, Brenkus, a Univeristy of Virginia graduate, is also the director and creative director of all BASE Productions programs.
Send your questions now and join Brenkus Monday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:00 PM)
We've got John!
So, how much convincing did you have to do to get Denny Hamlin to swallow that thermometer?
John Brenkus (2:00 PM)
Not much. He was very game.
How much fun was it working with Vernon Davis?
John Brenkus (2:01 PM)
Vernon has been on the show a couple of times and has been a friend. He's awesome in every respect. He can be credited as one of the guys that began the new studly tight end ways.
Will we see you collaborating with Disney XD for more segments in the future?
John Brenkus (2:02 PM)
Indeed. We have six episodes that will be airing every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.
John, do you have any plans to be a human lab rat in any upcoming segments, like you did for the Ironman? It was interesting watching you compete as the average Joe in an event like that.
John Brenkus (2:03 PM)
2012 may hold several events that I might compete in. Stay tuned.
Ryan (San Diego)
Have you done any good testing or segments on the impact of momentum on a sporting event? It seems like that was a big factor in that Ryder Cup yesterday.
John Brenkus (2:04 PM)
We have looked at the science of the "rally." Every time we dive into it, the statistics are mind blowing. There is absolutely something to 'positive energy begats positive energy.'
How impressed were you with Brandon Weeden's abilty to hit a clay pigeon with a football?
John Brenkus (2:05 PM)
I'm a huge Brandon Weeden fan and I think he has a lot of upside. Although the Browns are struggling a bit, they have been in all of their games. Weeden is a prototypical QB, big, strong with a cannon for an arm.
How do you know that you're staying on top of the most up to date testing techniques and data available for your tests?
John Brenkus (2:06 PM)
We're going into Season 6 of Sport Science, so, we're very aware of the latest and greatest in testing equipment and techniques.
John Brenkus (2:06 PM)
We also come up with our own stuff constantly.
So which was the more impressive Kevin Love Sport Science segment - Kevin boxing out a sumo wrestler or Kevin hitting a full court shot on his last attempt?
John Brenkus (2:06 PM)
We also did a third one, Kevin Love rebounding a ball shot out of an air cannon. My personal favorite is the sumo wrestler. He hit the crap out of that guy.
John, in light of the U.S. Ryder Cup team's loss yesterday, have you been able to come up with a good test or definition for "being clutch"? If so, any way to test it on those Ryder Cup players? They didn't have it yesterday.
John Brenkus (2:07 PM)
It's hard to define what clutch is. It's easier to define what it isn't. Obviously, blowing a lead like that isn't clutch. So maybe the Ryder Cup itself is a test. :)
How much fun was it working with Disney XD on a SS segment?
John Brenkus (2:08 PM)
It was a total blast. Leo Howard is a special kid. He's going to be a big, big star. We're very excited about future collaborations with Disney XD.
Brandon Weeden showed great accuracy in your SS lab, but he's struggled in the field so far. Did you see anything else from him in your tests that would show this play so far will be improved?
John Brenkus (2:09 PM)
I am confident that Brandon Weeden has what it takes both physically and mentally. It's tough to tell from just four games. The truth is the Browns have been competitive in all of their games. But like other rebuilding franchises, it doesn't happen overnight.
Ricky (Rochester, NY)
I may have missed it, but did you do a segment on UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones? He is a freak athletically.
John Brenkus (2:10 PM)
We have done an analysis on Jon Jones. He is absolutely one of the best athletes to ever fight in the UFC. If he can stay healthy, he might supplant Anderson Silva as the best ever.
How hard was it to look at the replays of the Packers-Seahawks game to determine if the officials got the play right?
John Brenkus (2:11 PM)
It wasn't hard to watch it, it was hard to stomach it. It will go down as one of the worst calls of all time. There are bad calls every week, but very few that determine the outcome of the game.
John Brenkus (2:11 PM)
I'm not going out on a limb by saying that was an interception.
everyone talks about the officials...any tests that can be done to see their impact?
John Brenkus (2:13 PM)
Officials always influence a game. We as fans just hope that their influence doesn't change the outcome. You heard coaches and players talking about part of the reason they wanted the old officials back is they knew how each guy called a game. The current officials are not perfect, but they're fairly consistent. And consistency is more important than perfection.
Luke (Newcastle, Australia)
G'day John, I recently saw the episode you guys did on injuries, where you tested how much force it takes to snap a fibula, and other things. This got me wondering, have you guys done anything concussion related before? I'd be really interested to see what kind of results you guys could come up with. Thanks for all the great shows mate.
John Brenkus (2:14 PM)
We have done quite a few experiments on concussions. The biggest problem with releasing an official study or any data on concussions is not all concussions are created equal. The degree to which someone gets hurt really depends on the individual. That doesn't even get into all of the science behind it.
John Brenkus (2:15 PM)
The long and short of it is we know what causes a concussion, the leagues should just be as proactive as possible to minimize the chances of it happening, but it will be impossible to eliminate them all together.
when you first started SS, did you ever imagine you'd be on Disney?
John Brenkus (2:16 PM)
Believe it or not, when we started Sport Science, we always had a vision for creating a kids version. We've gotten so much positive feedback over the years from dads and their sons that we knew a kids version would be well received. It took a little over five years, but it's finally happened and we couldn't be more thrilled with the relationship and collaboration with Disney XD.
John Brenkus (2:17 PM)
Thanks so much for all of your support. More great Sport Science segments coming your way.