Michael Pravica didn’t even understand who Marshawn Lynch was.
A Bears fan, however not a dedicated football watcher, the UNLV professor of physics mored than happy to require when sports site Bleacher Report called searching for a professional.
The business was shooting the first episode of No Script, a web series on Facebook Watch starring Lynch, an Oakland Raiders running back. It’s part reality show, part Jackass (or MTV Sports if you’re old sufficient to bear in mind Dan Cortese), with Lynch performing numerous stunts.
That episode brought Lynch and his crew to Las Vegas to own Ferraris at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pravica’s role was to describe the physics of racing to the male they call Beast Mode. Their exchange landed the professor a label he’ll be hearing in class for the near future– Lynch kept calling Pravica “Researcher” like it was his first name.
“I had no concept what I was entering into,” Pravica stated. “He trashed an automobile before I got there. We had banter; we talked about the physics. Marshawn was interested. I think they liked that we had an excellent interaction.”
The Bleacher Report staff flew Pravica approximately Oakland to surprise Lynch for a return engagement. That one went so well, they did a third. A third that involved liquid nitrogen.
Pravica froze a hamburger so Lynch could take a bat to it, making it explode into little pieces.
“We checked it initially here at UNLV,” Pravica said. “Marshawn was amazed. He was leaping up and down. We smashed a lock with a hammer that had actually been frozen. We did our thing, and he was like, ‘What do you do when you have liquid nitrogen left over?’ You simply spill it on the ground. He screams, ‘Not on the J’s [Air Jordans], Researcher!'”
The very first video has racked up 1.4 million views and an outtake video featuring Pravica sits at 886,000, presently. The other 2 episodes in which Pravica appears haven’t yet been launched. New episodes debut each Thursday.
Pravica revealed the video to his trainees, who were amazed that their teacher knew the 10-year NFL back (and 2005 Las Vegas Bowl veteran). And it does give Pravica a minimum of a little chance at ending up being the next Bill Nye. However there were more pressing considerations at play.
“I’m glad that Marshawn asked for a researcher,” Pravica stated. “In my heart, I have a special place for him. I think he probably in some little way is aiming to promote science to his followers. If I can utilize that to obtain some little portion delighted and inspired by science and possibly pertained to UNLV, it deserves it.”
Obviously, when the Raiders relocate to Las Vegas in 2020, he has a respectable in for getting tickets, too.