Besides hosting "Sport Science," John Brenkus, who grew up in Vienna, Va.,  is co-creator and co-owner of the popular series. His company, BASE Productions, has more than 10 programs to its name.

Besides hosting "Sport Science," John Brenkus, who grew up in Vienna, Va., is co-creator and co-owner of the popular series. His company, BASE Productions, has more than 10 programs to its name.

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Brenkus, center, reviews video with colleagues Tom Heigl, left, and Mark Morris on the  show's set in Burbank, Calif. The show has its detractors, but it has gained in popularity  on TV and YouTube.

Brenkus, center, reviews video with colleagues Tom Heigl, left, and Mark Morris on the show's set in Burbank, Calif. The show has its detractors, but it has gained in popularity on TV and YouTube.

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For three seasons, the show has used experiments to explore the scientific hows, whys and what-ifs in the sports world.

For three seasons, the show has used experiments to explore the scientific hows, whys and what-ifs in the sports world.

The show poses such questions as: Who would win in a footrace, man (in the form of ex-Detroit Lions wide receiver Dennis Northcutt) or ostrich? Answer: The bird.

The show poses such questions as: Who would win in a footrace, man (in the form of ex-Detroit Lions wide receiver Dennis Northcutt) or ostrich? Answer: The bird.

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Brenkus was the test subject in an experiment demonstrating which squeezes harder, man or snake. Mixed martial arts star Fedor Emelianenko was stronger than a python for the time he squeezed, but a python can choke at full strength for hours.

Brenkus was the test subject in an experiment demonstrating which squeezes harder, man or snake. Mixed martial arts star Fedor Emelianenko was stronger than a python for the time he squeezed, but a python can choke at full strength for hours.

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San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis takes part in a "Sport Science" segment with Brenkus. Turns out Davis could drag the NFL's biggest defender across the goal line for the ultimate touchdown.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis takes part in a "Sport Science" segment with Brenkus. Turns out Davis could drag the NFL's biggest defender across the goal line for the ultimate touchdown.

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Brenkus, 39, partnered with brother-in-law Mickey Stern to create BASE Productions. Brenkus heads up the company's West Coast operations, while Stern leads the East Coast office. Both men help develop shows and pitch them to networks.

Brenkus, 39, partnered with brother-in-law Mickey Stern to create BASE Productions. Brenkus heads up the company's West Coast operations, while Stern leads the East Coast office. Both men help develop shows and pitch them to networks.

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"Sport Science" has won three Sports Emmy Awards and has a multi-year deal with ESPN.

"Sport Science" has won three Sports Emmy Awards and has a multi-year deal with ESPN.

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Brenkus goes over the schedule for "Sports Science" with colleague Rebecca Kurland at BASE Productions' offices in Burbank. Brenkus played sports at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va., but says he "was never <i>amazing</i> at any of it. That set the tone for my appreciation of greatness. I knew my place."

Brenkus goes over the schedule for "Sports Science" with colleague Rebecca Kurland at BASE Productions' offices in Burbank. Brenkus played sports at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va., but says he "was never amazing at any of it. That set the tone for my appreciation of greatness. I knew my place."

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 John Brenkus with a sound engineer for the show. Besides "Sport Science," the  company produces shows such as "Fight Science" on the  National Geographic channel and "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" on SyFy.

John Brenkus with a sound engineer for the show. Besides "Sport Science," the company produces shows such as "Fight Science" on the National Geographic channel and "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" on SyFy.

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John Brenkus runs with his wife, Lizzie, near their home in Calabasas, Calif. Brenkus has completed five Ironman competitions. "John started doing the Ironman because he asked a sports guy, 'What's the hardest thing a human can do?' " brother-in-law Mickey Stern says.

John Brenkus runs with his wife, Lizzie, near their home in Calabasas, Calif. Brenkus has completed five Ironman competitions. "John started doing the Ironman because he asked a sports guy, 'What's the hardest thing a human can do?' " brother-in-law Mickey Stern says.

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Mickey Stern outside Verizon Center, where BASE's videos are shown during Wizards and Capitals games.

Mickey Stern outside Verizon Center, where BASE's videos are shown during Wizards and Capitals games.

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