Sport Science Special on ESPN Kicks off Big Game Weekend
Super Bowl weekend gets started on ESPN with a 30-minute Sport Science special featuring NFL players and four football-based experiments. The show, set for Friday, Feb 5, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, stars Santonio Holmes of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marshawn Lynch of the Buffalo Bills and Matt Willig, who recently retired from the NFL.
The three-time Emmy Award-winning unscripted Sport Science hosted by John Brenkus brings the world’s top professional athletes together with cutting-edge technology in state-of-the-art scientific facilities to test the limits of human athletic abilities and challenge popular assumptions about athletes.
Performed in the Sport Science Laboratory, led by Dr. Cindy Bir of Wayne State University and Brenkus, the special is comprised of these experiments:
- Two great catches in Super Bowl history – made by Holmes in last year’s game — are analyzed and compared to uncover the differences in “circus” vs. “textbook” – the catch that can’t be practiced, and the one a player practices for every day of his career.
- Can a running back generate as much power as a diesel engine? Lynch participates in a one-of-a-kind test of man vs. machine to find out.
- Viewers will get an eye-opening statistical analysis of the differences between champion quarterbacks and the guys who never quite made it to the top. The goal is to identify the determining factor in who wins it all and who doesn’t. A study of quarterbacks is shown in a way never before imagined, culminating with a prediction of the winner of the big game Sunday, Feb. 7.
- Football referees have a dangerous job. Positioned right behind the linebackers, the umpire works in the middle of the world’s scariest mosh pit. To demonstrate what happens when an unpadded referee accidentally gets hit, 14-year NFL veteran Willig joins the Sport Science lab to test impact forces on a state-of-the-art crash-test dummy, and on a live dummy: host John Brenkus.
About Sport Science
In addition to 30-minute Sport Science specials, ESPN runs Sport Science-branded segments in its highest-profile productions, including signature series such as SportsCenter, College GameDay, the Winter X Games and other programs tied to top sporting events. Host John Brenkus will also make special appearances on ESPN programming to discuss timely Sport Science segments.
Sport Science is produced by BASE Productions. John Brenkus and Mickey Stern are executive producers for BASE. Joan Lynch, Ron Wechsler and Lee Fitting are executives in charge of production for ESPN.
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