John will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!
Which QB impressed you the most from your SS combine?
Each QB impressed me in their own way. No one QB is the best at everything. Colin had amazing touch. Andy Dalton was great throwing from the pocket. Ryan Mallet's arm is the strongest we've seen. And the list goes on and on.
Where do you come up with your ideas?
It's a collaborative process, between the Sport Science team and ESPN. We literally sit around and dream big! And make it happen.
John, when you're playing golf and you miss a putt, are you saying to yourself, don't worry about it, you were just 4/5 of a inch off, like you say in your SS video? Or are you out there ready to throw your putter like the rest of us?
Prior to Sport Science, I used to get angry when I hit a bad shot in golf. But since I've been doing the show, I'm at total peace, realizing that the bad shot represents exactly how good I really am.
John, we hear a lot about steroids in sports. Have you ever done any Sport Science experiments to prove or disprove if steroids help or not?
We've done a lot of statistical analysis on athlete performance before and after steroid. Obviously, they help. It's hard to quantify exactly how much. But there's no question that PEDs do exactly as advertised. The bigger question is, what is a PED?
That's even harder to answer.
Which of the 2011 NFL draft prospects that you've had in your lab has impressed you the most?
If you see them on the a Sport Science segment, they've impressed me. This year's standout to me is Marcell Dareus. Though his college stats won't blow you away, when you see him in action, you can't help but be in awe.
Mr. Brenkus, what was it like completing the Iron Man Triathlon?
Completing an Iron Man is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. Although it almost killed me, it certainly made me stronger.
Hey John, have you sustained any injuries while attempting any of these experiments?
Of course. The worst injury came when I sheered all of the skin off my arms after Vernon Davis dragged me on the turf.
I am becoming more and more a believer that chemistry can't really be quantified but is one of the biggest determining factors in whether teams are successful. Winning obviously leads to good chemistry but when you look at a team like the Celtics, clearly losing Perkins hurt not only in terms of their overall talent this year but also the psyche of the team right?
The better question is how important is believing you're a champion? Team chemistry fosters positive thoughts. Super stars foster positive thoughts. There's no substitute for winning. For certain, there is no exact equation for how to win. There is not only one great answer, there are a bunch of really good ones.
Hey John, what scientific "fact" are you going to be testing next?
Literally hundreds of experiments sitting the queue. Too many to list. Crossing every sport.
Is it harder to test dual-threat QBs or traditional dropback QBs?
We devise tests that cover all aspects of being a QB. Reaction time, accuracy, throwing in the pocket, throwing on the run, being able to think while destracted. And we even tested the power of a QB's voice.
We really wanted to figure out a way to test every type of QB and I think you'll like what we came up with.
I loved the episode with Freeney where you broke down the spin move. It's amazing how fast these guys really are. My question is, who was the QB he nailed? Because that guy deserves a raise.
It was me! You're right, I deserve more money for taking one for the team like that!
What is your background in? Education and the like?
I majored in Rhetoric Communication Studies (the theory of the argument) while at UVA. I love to argue and love even more proving my point of view with facts. Sport Science was a natural evolution of the type of TV program my business partner and I have been making. It taps into the skill sets we've developed over the last 20 years. I have a real passion for sports, science and making compelling arguments.
Mr. Brenkus, of all the times you've been a guinea pig of sorts, what experience was your favorite/memorable and least favorite/memorable?
My favorite segment is always the last segment we've done. Nothing makes the air unless it blows me away.
Have you ever done a segment, not liked the results and tossed it?
There have been times when we set out to do an experiment and we just didn't find anything interesting. That's what great about the show. If it makes the air, it has to meet our internal "wow factor."
What do you think of events like the Badwater Ultramarathon? 135 mile running race in 130 degrees. Crazy or just an example of great conditioning and what you can do if you take care of body with hydration/nutrition?
All endurance events, to me, represent what the human body is capable of, if you really put your mind to it. The biggest barrier you have to success (in every aspect of life) is thinking you can't do it. You'd be shocked what you can accomplish if you believe you can actually do it. The Iron Man or Badwater or any other extreme events in life is really all about believing you can take that next step.
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