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 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:59 PM)
We've got John!
John, does using a humidor make that much of a difference in fly balls?
John Brenkus (3:02 PM)
Yes, it makes a difference. We have a piece running today about the potential consequences of using a humidor at Chase Field, specifically.
About how many experiments do you think you've done in total since beginning Sport Science?
John Brenkus (3:03 PM)
300 and counting.
Out of all the painful experiences you've gone through, which event was the most painful?
John Brenkus (3:04 PM)
The Joey Chestnut eating competition was a lot harder than it looked. I hadn't eaten a hot dog in 20 years and eating water soaked hot dog buns was one of the most unappealing things I've ever done. I'll take getting hit by a LB any day over eating a water logged hot dog roll.
Have you done an episode on stopping PK in soccer? Were you able to determine how hard it is?
John Brenkus (3:05 PM)
Yes, we've done a segment on that. Statistically speaking stopping a PK is one of the most difficult things to do in all of sports. It's harder to do from a success percentage rates than hitting a MLB curveball.
What kinds of things were you working on with the X Games athletes?
John Brenkus (3:06 PM)
We're doing a segment on looking at the mind-blowing physics of the forces involved in the X Games. You're going to love it.
Do you just focus on one experiment at a time? Do you film several in a row?
John Brenkus (3:07 PM)
We're shooting three segments today. We shoot segments all the time, sometimes one a day, sometimes three a day. We shoot all year round. At one time, there could be 20 segments in various spots of pre-production, production and post.
Do you think places like Chase Field should use humidors? Or do you think that fans are there to see a show, so let the players hit as many home runs as they can.
John Brenkus (3:08 PM)
It's impossible for baseball stadiums to all be created equal. They're built at different elevations, wind patterns, temperature, etc. I think they should normalize the baseball and either have every ballpark use humidors or restrict using them. They need to have one thing the same from ballpark to ballpark. It might as well be the ball.
John, have you ever looked into golf's U.S. Open v. The British Open and comparing the difficulties of each course? Would there be an experiment possible out there to compare them?
John Brenkus (3:09 PM)
We just finished up a segment on the effects of wind in The Open Championship. It's fascinating how wind effects the game of golf overall. In years to come, we'll continue to explore the different factors that differentiate the events.
Buzzmaster (3:11 PM)
Hang on folks, John had to run back into the studio for a minute. He's got Kevin Love on set and they're working on something.
Buzzmaster (3:26 PM)
Possiblility of doing a show on Bryce Harper and his hitting?
John Brenkus (3:26 PM)
Indeed. I was born and raised in DC, so I am very excited to explore Bryce, an amazing talent at such a young age.
If you're filming 1 or more segments in a day, do you give yourself prep time before moving from one experiment to the next to remember what the experiment is and refresh your mind?
John Brenkus (3:27 PM)
We never bite off more than we can chew, unless of course, it's the Joey Chestnut experiment.
Cheesehead Sports Nut (Chicago, IL)
What are some of the new upcoming projects we can look forward to in the next few months?
John Brenkus (3:28 PM)
Lots of NFL segments. Lots of NBA segments. (Following the lockout.) Baseball playoffs. Golf. X Games. Soccer. You name it, we're covering it.
Do a show on why adam dunn strikes out so much!
John Brenkus (3:29 PM)
It's on the to-do list.
John Brenkus (3:29 PM)
More great segments coming your way!