About Nick

I am currently a journalism student at Colorado State University, staff writer for the Rocky Mountain Collegian and an avid sports fan.

CSU Hoops Starts Off Well on the Road

By Nick Childs

It didn’t seem like much of a road atmosphere at Magness Arena in Denver, Colorado as the CSU Rams took on the DU Pioneers.

CSU defeated DU and lead most of the game, especially throughout the second half. Both teams struggled somewhat shooting but the Rams dominated the boards.

DU couldn’t keep up with the size and strength of Colton Iverson and Pierce Hornung. Iverson, a transfer from the University of Minnesota, has been playing very well in his first few games for his new team and new coach. He also recorded his first double-double of the year this evening.

The CSU faithful came in great number and brought great noise. Athletic Director Jack Graham estimated that there were at least 1,000 CSU fans in attendance.

This is a big deal for CSU because they struggled in road contests last year despite being dominant at home.

The Rams are now 3-0 on the season but are still trying to really find their rhythm and identity as a team under first-year coach, Larry Eustachy.

Eustachy runs an up-tempo style on both ends of the floor and it seems to be taking a little time for the players to adjust, but they are doing so well and winning in the process.

Another great sight was Graham leading the CSU alumni sections in the fight song at two different times throughout the night. It’s obvious how much he loves and cares about this program, and that’s incredibly encouraging.

He is proud to be a CSU Ram, and so am I.

Later, nerds.

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Tim Tebow: Not Cliche, He’s Real

By Nick Childs

***Writer note: I am expressing MY beliefs and opinions on this matter, and my OPINION is just that, mine. I respect that not everyone shares the same beliefs as my own.***

Tim Tebow is just another tool of God, and he is an awfully effective one.

There isn’t a whole lot you can say about the guy that hasn’t been said already, but I’m going to give it a try.

People continue to analyze what type of football player Tim Tebow is or where the Broncos should go in the future or how his team continues to win despite some questionable football. To be entirely honest, that is near last on my mind when it comes to Timmy, right now.

As a fair warning, a lot of this may seem cliche, but really, this is as genuine as I can be on the matter.

I don’t try to make events that occur in sports bigger than a competition, however, there is more going on here in Denver. I think it’s unfair to judge Tim Tebow as a football player.

Why?

Because that’s not how he judges himself. He says time and time again that if he isn’t helping other people or spreading his faith, then there is no use in him playing football. So let’s judge what he is doing as a human being.

I think it’s important to take a look at Tebow’s missionary approach to his life. He is always looking for a way to spread the word of his (and mine) Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has widely been criticized for doing so, but why? He doesn’t define himself as a football player. He defines himself as a Christian, so he is taking it upon himself to do what he thinks is best. And it’s working.

I believe it was Karlos Dansby who said that there was something different in the air when the Broncos were coming back against the Dolphins. He also said that he and some of his teammates have been going to church more after that game. Tebow is accomplishing exactly what he wants: spreading the word of God.

And please don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to insinuate in any way that God wants the Broncos to win or that He has a vested interest in any sporting event. But He does have a vested interest in providing people hope, inspiration, motivation, faith, etc. Tebow’s work ethic and blind faith in himself, his teammates and, most importantly, God is in demonstration every single week and is reaching millions, if not billions, of people.

I respect everyone’s belief system and realize that not everyone shares my OPINION on the matter, but I believe that God is using Tim Tebow as a tool to spread His word and power.

While more times than not, sporting events are completely inconsequential to daily life, this is a different case. This is something more, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Timmy has shown the country what hard work, mental toughness and blind faith can provide your life. It’s not cliche. It’s true.

I will call you a straight up liar if you tell me that there isn’t something that we can learn from this extraordinary young man. All accross the country there are people discussing yesterday’s game and how this is all happening. And we can all apply a thing or two from how he leads his life as a person, not just football player.

There is only one answer to what is going on: there are 53 guys that wear Orange and Blue on Sundays that believe in themselves no matter what. They couldn’t care less what the Merril Hodge’s have to say. Whenever possible, every single guy on the Broncos tries to give credit to everyone on the team except for themself, and it all starts with #15.

The humility he shows and the praise and greatfullness for those around him is uncanny and incredibly refreshing. Tim leads a cliche life, but for him it isn’t that. It’s who he really is as a person. Whether you are a business person or student or whoever, there is something you can take away from how he is playing this great game of football.

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Penn State: Wrong On So Many Levels

By Nick Childs

So I have been learning more and thinking more about this Penn State scandal, and the more I think about it, the more upset I get. This isn’t about sports. This isn’t a recruiting scandal or rules violation (which the country has shown that they care so much about). This this the utter, disgusting failure of society to protect children.

Luckily, I can say with confidence that societ as a whole looks at child molestors with complete hatred, but apparently when it rears its ugly head in our lives, we sit and do nothing about it. Sadusky has allegedly sexually abused at least nine young boys and I suspect even more will be coming forth, but that’s pure speculation on my part. And if found guilty he needs to rot in prison for the rest of his life. I feel like that goes without saying.

The moral line that society seems to see as a grey area is coming forward when we see wrong. As it turns out, it seems that there were many people who had been aware that something may have been going on. Let’s take a quick look at some of the people who may have known.

There was the Grad Assistant who may have witnessed Sadusky sodimizing a child. He then told Joe Paterno about it the next morning. While he did do something that may have helped the situation, why not confront the situation while it’s happening. I would like to think that I would have physically intervened, followed by going directly to the police. Problem solved.

However, the GA didn’t notify the police, just Joe Pa. Paterno then did the bare minumum of telling the Athletic Director. I have HUGE problem with this. As a glorified figure in the community, Paterno is in a position to affect change, and he did not do so. He merely, put the burden on someone else to deal with this GIGANTIC issue. Instead of doing all he could, he just did a little.

What should happen to Paterno is something that I can’t come up with. He obviously isn’t legally responsible because he did what he is technically supposed to by telling the AD. While he may have done things by the letter of the law, he greatly failed as a citizen. He should no longer represent Penn State, and he should no longer represent a member of society that can be counted on. Luckily for Paterno, he has accomplished so much and was near the end of his illustrious career anyway, so it’s not like he is resigning in his prime.

I think the same for every single person who had ever heard the softest whisper that Sadusky was doing this needs to step down, and the ones that knew about it and lied about it need to be in jail with Sadusky.

It literally makes me sick to my stomach that these people didn’t go to the police. How many children could they have saved? That’s the worst part about this. There are at least nine alleged victims who have gone through something that no human being should ever be go through. It’s disgusting. It’s saddening. And it’s confusing that such a seemingly stand-up individual didn’t do more about the situation.

This incident raises so many more questions about society. Why  is it that, many times, people just stand by and don’t stand up for what’s right?! It seems that we live in an age when we see a fight on the street or someone mugging someone that we pull out our cell phone to take a video instead of intervene?

I hope that I’m just being pessimistic, and this situation isn’t indicative of the majority of society. I could rant on and on about this topic, but I’ll leave it at that. Hold each other accountable. Do the right thing when the opportunity presents itself, and please talk to people about this issue. The one thing I do hope that comes of this is continued media coverage and, more than anything, awareness to such a discusting scenario. Talk about this with friends, family, anyone. This is bigger than any sports story.

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Huston, the fans have a problem

By Nick Childs

First, I would like to appologize for the corny pun of a headline, but I think it fits. So, completely hypothetical, but let me through out a scenario. You are a fan of a Major League Baseball team and you’re closer going into yesterday’s game had converted 28 or 30 save opportunities and has a better save percentage than 28 other teams’ closers. You would be happy with that guy’s performance, right? Wrong.

I have met incredible opposition by posting on facebook that Huston Street is a good closer.

No one ever comments on my statuses or likes them, but this one blew up with people talking about how terrible Street is. And frankly, I don’t understand it. It may not be pretty, and he may not throw 96 like the “protypical” closer, but he gets the job done outright. I understand that he gives up too many runs (home runs in particular) but he goes out, throws strikes and converts the save over 90 percent of the time. Enough said in my book.

I also understand that he doesn’t intimidate hitters. None of his stuff is that great. But what really irks me is when people say idiotic things like, “We should have traded Street instead of Ubaldo.” Those are the ignorant people that don’t understand that, with Street’s contract, he has little to no trade value. The Rockies aren’t getting an organization’s top 4 prospects for Huston Street! Baseball is  a business, and the Rockies made the right move at the right time.

As for Street, give the guy a break, the Rockies aren’t going to the playoffs. This season is done, and for now Street gives us the BEST chance to win a game after 8 innings. Soon enough, Rex Brothers will be closing games and Huston will be gone. Once again, Rockies fans are left waiting for “next year.”

Later, nerds.

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Denver sports: you never know what you’re gonna get

By Nick Childs

So these past few weeks have been some of the most exciting in sports that I can remember without anything needing to happen on the field. I can’t imagine what it has been like to be in the front office of an MLB or NFL franchise with the trade deadline coming and going to go along with the lockout lifting. As a Broncos and Rockies enthusiast the past week has been a roller coaster of emotion. We have seen an outstanding youngman and incredible talent in Ubaldo Jimenez go and a boring, seemingly characterless mediocre talent stay in Kyle Orton.

First, let me address Orton. If you look back in the Gen Y achives you will note that I was one of the last to defend him here in Denver, saying that it wasn’t Tebow time. Orton is nothing but a solid quarterback, and I think that is both his pay stub and his dismissal form. He will never be a star, and I believe that he can’t lead a championship team. Will Tim Tebow? Who knows, which is exactly my point! We need to find the answer to that ever-looming question.

What benefit does Kyle Orton provide the Broncos? Clearly, he is the best quarterback right now, but if he is our starter this year, he provides the Broncos with a 7 win season instead of 6? If you ask me, we need to trade Orton NOW, let Tebow get the reps and be THE GUY. We need to know if there is potential for him as the quarterback of our future. Also, what better time than now with John Fox coming in as head coach. With a run first offense, Tebow will have safer throws and easier reads than in a complex Josh McDaniels system.

I don’t know if I am in the minority here, but I could not be more adimant in my stance that Orton has to go, and he has to go now. Tebow needs to be in camp taking snaps with the first team, not someone that the Broncos should release if a trade can’t be made.

Now, the Rockies. Where do I start? This season has been nothing but a disappointment. It’s crushing to think that just a mere few months ago I was more excited for a Rockies season than ever. I thought this was the year that we turned the corner. We haven’t done anything of the sort. Cargo and Tulo have shown flashes (Cargo more than Tulo). Tulo has had a solid year, but not the one we need from him. He has grounded into too many double plays and come up empty on too many opportunities late in games. Cargo is the pulse of this team, and I am comfortable with that, but there are just too many people that haven’t come through. Here is that list: Seth Smith over the last few weeks, Ian Stewart, Dexter Fowler, and UBALDO JIMENEZ. It kills me to type that last name. And I still don’t have any sort of explanation for what happened. Ubaldo is throwing 91-94 with less command, and his off-speed is far less devastating. He would be having a nice year if he wouldn’t have been the nastiest pitcher in the league for the first half last year. 96-100 isn’t hittable and so fun to watch. This year has been like a hangover that won’t go away when it comes to Ubaldo. What’s worse is that he is one of the most geniune, quiet guys in Denver sports’ history. He is the guy you want to succeed. I mean, he walked to Coors Field from his small, downtown apartment. But, I agree that it was a good time for him to go. His value is still high enough, and the Rockies received four great prospects!

I don’t understand what happened with him, my only theory is that Bob ‘Dac’ Apodaca has tried to change something in his mechanics in an effort to save him for the second half instead of peaking in the first like in 2010. It’s a nice theory, but it was an epic failure this season. I wish Ubaldo nothing but the best, and Dac needs to be fired now.

Looking to the future with Chacin, Pomeranz, Alex White and De La Rosa (hopefully) they have a potentially great starting rotation. That last sentence is so encouraging but also makes me naucious at the same time. Potential is what the Rockies have had for far too long. But I believe we are starting to find out who our core needs to be. Cargo and Tulo are obvious, but I think Chris Nelson has emerged as the second baseman of the future and we have prospect after prospect at catcher. One will work out. In baseball your strength needs to be up the middle (catcher, pitcher, middle infield and center field. The Rockies are building in the right areas, now they just need those couple extra guys to fit in.

Its been an exciting yet sad time in Denver, but I’m keeping my chin up.

Later, Nerds.

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Ah, Yes: College Baseball

By Nick Childs

Yes, sir. It is that time of year: Super Regionals began today in college baseball. This is one of my favorite times of the year for sports. We have the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals and my favorite: the College World Series all going at the same time.

UNC just capped their 5-2 victory over Stanford in somewhat ugly fashion. Neither team played particularly well, but the Tar Heels were able to win in the category that usually decides these games. Starting pitching. UNC’s ace through 7 2/3 or great baseball, and boy was it fun to watch.

However, the super-regional series that I am most looking forward to is ASU vs. Texas. These are two of the most storied programs in college baseball and both teams this year are incredible in their own way.

ASU is a veteran ball club with plenty of post-season experience. They are solid in every aspect of the game, and that is what I think might give them the advantage over the Longhorns. The Sun Devil offense is lead by junior phenoms, Riccio Tores and Zach McPhee. Expect these two to challenge the Longhorn pitching staff, arguably the best in the NCAA.

To go along with a potent offense, ASU also pitches the ball very well to go along with a solid defense. This is the type of team that we have become accustomed to seeing from the Sun Devils. The Longhorn offense is often times absent and doesn’t help their pitchers out at all, and I think this is going to cost them a College World Series bid. I have ASU in three, but then again, I lived two blocks from their stadium in Tempe for two years and will always have a spot for ASU baseball in my heart. Not gonna lie, I wanted to play for them ever since I was 10, not to mention, my junior college coach was an ASU assistant for 8 years. (Side note: he will be doing the color commentarty for the UCI series, so tune in and listen to Mike Rooney.)

I’m all about the pitching matchups, and tonight we have a great one. We have Taylor Jungman on the hill for Texas and Brady Rodgers for ASU.

We all know about Jungman. His statistics speak for themself. This year 13-1, 1.39 ERA, 129 innings, 120 strikeouts, .167 opponent batting average. Not much else you can say about this outstanding sophomore. He is virtually unbeatable, but I think the Sun Devils are going to surprise you. ASU hits .306 as a team whereas Texas only hits .270, not to mention ASU has a much deeper team.

On the mound for ASU is sophomore Brady Rodgers. I had the pleasure of watching this young man pitch in person against the University of Oklahoma. At the time, Oklahoma was ranked second in the country, and Rodgers was DOMINANT. He reminds me a lot of former ASU great, Mike Leake. Odly enough, Leake was in attendance that night…

Anyways, I am pumped for the super regionals and this series in particular! Trust me, ASU vs. Texas will not dissapoint. Enjoy!

For any UT fans or anyone interested, I’ll be tweeting most of the game, feel free to talk trash or send me comments on the game. Follow me @NickChilds21

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Point: College Athletes Should Not Be Paid

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Nick and I got into a debate last week when everyone was hammering the NCAA in the media.  I argued athletes should get paid while he maintains the opposite stance.  The only way to settle it?  Columns of course.  We ask you to get in on the debate as well by commenting in one of our two pieces.  Should the NCAA alter its stance and pay college athletes?  Let us know what you think.)

By Nick Childs

I would first like to make a quick apology to the Gen Y community for not writing in so long. Thankfully the other contributors have been doin an incredible job.

Today’s topic is paying collegiate athletes. I have given this dilema a lot of thought over the last few months while it has been a growing debate that brings about very passionate opinions.

I’m not extremely familiar with all the number’s, so I am focusing on what I believe is best for the sanctity of the NCAA.

Collegiate athletics are special. There is nothing quite like March Madness or Bowl Season, and I think it is because we get to watch these kids play at such an incredibly high level. These are 18, 19, 20, or in BYU’s case, 26-year-olds doing things that we all dream we could do.

They play the game for the fee of a free education, at best. This is why I love the NCAA. What are the best stories? Those are the ones where a player has overcome great adversity or walked-on to a team and been a major contributor. I think that special aspect of collegiate athletics vanishes when you start paying players.

Many of the people’s opinion that I respect the most think that NCAA athletes should be paid, but I just can’t jump on the bandwagon. I can’t get past the idea that a free education isn’t enough.

NCAA Division I football programs are not even allowed to give partial scholarships. It’s all or nothing, and they have over 80 of them to give out. That is an investment of nearly $100,000 in most cases in these athletes.

Yes, they are technically only a one-year scholarship that is renewed each year, but programs are not allowed to drop these scholarships due to lack of athletic success, and their is an appeal process to insure that this is the case.

I’m not sure what the exact numbers are, but only about 1 percent of college athletes will go on to become professionals in their given sports, so what is the best thing that these schools can give these athletes? Answer: a free education.

A college degree is one of the most valuable things that these athlete’s can be given. I would say its much more valuable than some extra cash that they would probably blow on petty things that won’t last.

A degree from an American university will go much farther than anything else. Maybe, we should stop worrying about who isn’t getting paid and start working on graduating more of our athletes.

Where would the money be coming from, anyways? The universities certainly can’t afford to pay their athletes. Athletic budgets are getting slashed nation-wide and entire athletic departments are even getting cut.

If I’m not mistaken, this means some third-party would be the ones paying the athletes. This is incredibly sketchy to me.

It’s true that these athlete’s probably aren’t compensated as much as they should be for the money that they are generating, but that’s what they have signed up for.

As a college athlete, myself, a mere month away from the end of my career, I can say with complete confidence that I would do anything to play quarterback at Auburn or point guard at Duke or shortstop at Arizona State. It’s every little kid’s dream, and somewhere we have lost sight of being appreciative for opportunities that we have and instead worrying about what we might not be getting.

There is something different about college athletics, something special. These kids play with fire; they play with passion. And I think they do that because they are still playing for the love of the game, or at least, they are still somewhat playing for the love of the games.

There is a theory out there that talks about how external motivations ruin intrinisic motivations. Essentially, when athletes are given other things such as money or scholarships, they stop playing for the love of the game, and they start being motivated by external things. Paying college athletes would increase athlete’s external motivations, and probably kill that special passion that we love watching so much.

Losing that incredible part of the game would be so sad to see.

No matter what arguments I hear that are for athletes getting paid, they don’t outweigh the great potential risks to collegiate athletics.

That’s just me. Who knows, maybe Matt will be able to persuade me otherwise!

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Knicks and Nugs New Looks

By Nick Childs

The Nuggets have a new, fresh look, and the Knicks have the same. I am equally excited for both teams.

I will start with the Nuggets because they are my team. I never imagined that I would entertain the idea that the Nuggets would be better off without Carmelo Anthony, and I stand by that thought. HOWEVER, the team that they have put together has the look of a group that can do some serious damage not just this year, but in the future as well. They are young, athletic and seem like a good group of people. This is a very underrated quality of championship caliber teams in the NBA.

But let’s think about it. The last three championships have been won by the Lakers (twice) and the Celtics. Have you heard of jealousy issues or people that are cancerous to the team? Aside from a lunatic-defensive guru (Ron “Say Queensbridge” Artest), both teams are very well built from a chemistry standpoint. Everyone knows their role and doesn’t fight the system.

The new Nuggets have this as well, and that may be more important than having stars like ‘Melo and Chauncey for a team coached by George Karl. The Nuggets don’t have a face-of-the-franchise right now, and that is okay. Karl is an incredible basketball coach. He isn’t the type of person that babysits players with egos, so when he has a group that will buy into his system, he will be very successful. This group seems like they will buy in to Coach Karl’s winning ways.

I look forward to the future of the Nuggets.

As I am looking forward to the Nuggets’ future, I am equally excited for the next page in the career of Camelo Anthony. With a fresh start with a fresh number (7), ‘Melo seems to be enjoying the game of basketball, and in his short time with the Knicks, he has been playing at an incredibly high level!

People have criticized ‘Melo for abusing the system for getting the trade he wanted. I am not one of those people. I think it was commendable that he told the Nuggets that he wasn’t likely to sign the extension with Denver. It gave them an opportunity to rebuild.

As for his future, I think he will suceed and become a bonafide superstar in the NBA. I have considered him as such for a few years now, but I think, now that he is on the East Coast in a major market, people will see how incredible he really is. People want to see basketball relevant in New York again, and I think ‘Melo will do that (as he did in Denver). Him and Amare are going to be a great combination that will cause teams defensive nightmares, and if they can get Chris Paul in there, they will be a powerhouse for years to come.

This is an exciting time for both the Nuggets and the Knicks with unwritten futures. It is going to be fun to watch!

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Melancholy about ‘Melo

Matt mentioned in his “Good Morning” post that he will be writing a tribute to ‘Melo. Given the magnitude of what he meant to the Nuggets and the city of denver, I will do the same tomorrow morning.

I’ll treat this as a preview to my tribute to Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo has become my second favorite basketball player, right behind Allen “Bubbachuck” Iverson. I hate to see ‘Melo go, but I am pleased with what the Nuggets got in return. This is a day filled with mixed emotions. I got choked up watching ‘Melo’s “Ultimate Highlight” this morning on Sports Center. He brought so much joy to the Nuggets, always smiling while he played. He made the game look easy, and he made basketball relevant in Denver again.

Thank you Carmelo, and I wish you the best of luck back home in NY. I hope Madison Square Garden treats you well.

Generation Y: where we still love ‘Melo and wish him luck.

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Pinnacle of Point Guards

By Nick Childs

So, me and one of my best friends had a disagreement today. We were discussing college sports (which we rarely agree on), but the topic of best point guard in the nation came up. Joey made some great points for the player that he believed was number one, and I feel like I have substantial reasoning for my choice as well.

The class of point guards this year is very strong, I believe. (Especially when you consider that people are calling this one of the weakest draft classes in many years)

With conference tournaments and March Madness coming up faster than you may think, I think we have seen enough of these players to make this a good discussion, so I want to open up this discussion for Generation Y to debate.  

Things to consider:

1. Who would you most want on your team?

2. Who has the best all-around skills? i.e., scoring, passing, defense, leadership, etc.

3. Point guards don’t necessarily have to be the best scorers or players on the floor, but they have to dominate the game in their own way. Different players do this in different ways.

Please leave a comment stating who your choice is and why. I will either be joining the discussion as it goes or writing a column tomorrow stating my pick and why I feel that way.

Get into this. There is nothing better than debates about sports, and remember, all takes and opinions are welcome, but mine is the only one that is right.

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