Jake Kring-Schreifels

One on One Scans the NFL with Clark Judge

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

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Nolan Silbernagel and I talked with CBSsports.com NFL writer Clark Judge Saturday about the NFL, which still manages to be relevant even in its offseason. He visited Indianapolis last weekend for the NFL combine and shares his thoughts on who he had his eyes on. We break down some of the quarterbacks like Denard Robinson of Michigan and West Virginia’s Geno Smith and what their futures could be as we apporoach draft day. Then of course the big story of the week: Manti Te’o. Judge gives us his thoughts on his draft stock and the nature of scouts asking players questions about their sexual orientation.

 

Jets and Giants Writers Debate

by Jake Kring-Schreifels, Alex Smith
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Jake Kring-Schreifels and Alex Smith were joined by Mike Sielski, The Wall Street Journal's Jets beat writer, and Paul Schwartz, the New York Post's Giants beat writer, for a firendly NY football debate. They talked about the developments in both camps, especially Tebow's wildcat and the bad bed situation in Albany.

Mariners and Nationals Announcers Join One on One

by Jake Kring-Schreifels, Alex Smith
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Jake Kring-Schreifels and Alex Smith were joined by Mariners play-by-play man Dave Sims and Nationals play-by-play man and WFUV alum Charlie Slowes. With Sims, they discussed King Felix's perfect game this week and calling 3 no-hitters this season alone. With Slowes, they discussed Stephen Strasburg being shut down despite their strong position in the standings.

Reflecting on the Winter Classic

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

It was quite a spectacle. Not just that Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Phillies, became engulfed in orange and black, nor simply that a baseball stadium became undistinguishable, transforming into a hockey venue. No, it was the fact that the Winter Classic, for one day, made hockey the most exciting sport in the world: a clashing of rivals, connections with unpopular players, and an intense understanding and appreciation of the “fourth sport” in America.

Moneyball

by Jake Kring-Schreifels
Sony Pictures - Brad Pitt as Billy Beane and Jonah Hill as Peter Brand

Moneyball, the adaption of the best selling 2003 novel by Michael Lewis, isn't your typical sports film. Then again, what Billy Beane did with the Oakland Athletics wasn't typical either. The movie, directed by Bennett Miller (Capote), centers as a biopic but is laced together through a dramatic narrative. Spanning the course of a year, Miller takes us on the emotional roller coaster of a baseball general manager, insightfully hitting poignant moments of despair and unexpected jolts of hope. In this sense, it's not a baseball movie; it's a movie about baseball. It’s a subtle difference, but one that ultimately is able to capture the hearts of non-sports fans and make them care about a man and team that defied the odds.

Moneyball Still Means Something

by Jake Kring-Schreifels
Sony Pictures - Brad Pitt as Billy Beane

Late September in the baseball year is usually the time for post season surges, when teams jockey for position and aim to win the division or wildcard. That’s probably the reason that Moneyball, the book, now movie starring Brad Pitt about the 2002 Oakland Athletics, is out this Friday. That year, under famed GM Billy Beane, the A’s won 103 games, collecting a late season stash of victories (including a 20-game winning streak) en route to sealing the A.L. west division title. How they got there is more impressive.