LOS ANGELES – FSN is pleased to announce the return of one of the most riveting shows on television, the Emmy-Award winning SPORT SCIENCE, debuting its second season on Sunday, March 22 at 9:00 PM local.
Each week, the best athletes in the world enter the SPORT SCIENCE lab and run through a series of tests designed to question everything fans think they know about sports. Hosted by creator and executive producer John Brenkus of BASE Productions, under the scientific guidance of Dr. Cindy Bir, Ph.D, SPORT SCIENCE tests not only the limits of athletic performance, but challenges the assumptions athletes have of their own abilities.
Following a first season in which athletes left the lab stunned at the information they acquired, sports stars were lining up to enter the SPORT SCIENCE set this season, including such big names as: NFL stars Ravens LB Ray Lewis, Saints QB Drew Brees, Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald, 49ers TE Vernon Davis, Cowboys DT Tank Johnson, Bengals WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh, NBA stars Stephon Marbury, Wolves F Kevin Love, Suns F Amare Stoudemire, Lakers F Luke Walton, Blazers C Greg Oden; MLB’s Matt Kemp and James Loney from the LA Dodgers, Padres P Jake Peavy, Diamondbacks 3B Mark Reynolds; Plus golfers Brad Faxon and Padraig Harrington, drivers Kyle Busch and Marco Andretti, fighters Fedor Emelianenko, Gina Carano and Chad Dawson, and many more.
Hosted in a huge airplane hangar outside Los Angeles, the SPORT SCIENCE lab is a technological marvel, containing a basketball court, baseball testing area, a 50-yard football field, a fight/MMA area, a cardio gym and the most specialized, modern testing equipment that can accurately measure pressure, force, acceleration, impact, biorhythms and the most sophisticated crash test dummy available. Each experiment is conducted using the latest scientific technology, with the most complex results presented in easy-to-understand comparisons, such as the fact that a Ray Lewis bull rush creates more force than a SWAT team battering ram.
Airing every Sunday night at 9:00 PM local, SPORT SCIENCE debuts this season with its most dangerous experiment ever — testing what generates more punching power: natural adrenaline or an adrenaline shot as MMA fighter Houston Alexander puts his life at risk by agreeing to be injected with a dose of epinephrine to see how it affects his punching power. The goal is to determine if adrenaline could turn a fighter into a real-life “Incredible Hulk.”
Throughout the show’s 13-week run, Brenkus and his crew conduct more than 100 creative experiments: NFL quarterbacks are called gunslingers, but who actually has a quicker release, NFL Pro Bowl QB Drew Brees or a gunslinger? And Seahawks DB Marcus Trufant is one of the top cover corners in the league, but can he run faster backwards than a Corvette can drive in reverse?
One of the most devastating techniques in a mixed martial arts fight is the choke out – but can a human outchoke an animal? International MMA superstar Fedor Emelianenko goes neck to neck as SPORT SCIENCE tests the power of one of the world’s most well-known chokers: the deadly Burmese python. Light heavyweight boxing champion Chad Dawson faces off against the western diamondback rattlesnake to see who strikes quicker. And in a battle of the sexes, can a woman hit as hard as a man? The answer promises to surprise.
SPORT SCIENCE also recreates one of the most notorious moments in all of sports: a parachutist with a propeller strapped to his back crash landed at the Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe title fight. Could he have made it into the ring? And the movie character Happy Gilmore gained fame with a swing based on his hockey swing. What if that swing wasn’t just used for a movie? PGA Player of the Year Padraig Harrington tests his distance off the tee with a Happy Gilmore-like run-up. Plus golfer Brad Faxon challenges the toughest lie – in this case hitting out of such hazards as Jell-o and pasta.
Brenkus, in addition to hosting the show, proudly serves as human lab rat. In the show’s debut season, he got punched, used as a ragdoll and almost broke his foot kicking a frozen soccer ball. But it wasn’t enough; He needed to push his limits to deliver better results. This year, he’ll go head-to-head with NFL All-Pro defensive tackle Kris Jenkins in a line of scrimmage battle, try to hang onto NFL TE Vernon Davis with a ski rope, get choked out by Fedor Emelianenko, try to stop a free kick from a pro soccer player, channel his inner Mike Tyson as he bites a chunk out of a pig’s ear and push his body each week as he prepares to take whatever punishment the world’s best athletes can deliver.
SPORT SCIENCE is overseen by FSN’s Bob Thompson, George Greenberg and David Leepson. The show is created and produced by John Brenkus and Mickey Stern of BASE Productions.