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Mike Hlas

Hi, I'm Gazette/ sports columnist Mike Hlas. This is the Hlog. We will meet here, discuss things, and then go forth in the world to implement our plans.





Hlas: Kudos to Hawkeye coaches for some candor and info

I can't remember saying this before, but I'm sorry I couldn't attend a college football weekly press conference.

That was the one held by the University of Iowa's football program Wednesday. It featured head coach Kirk Ferentz as well as offensi ... »

Hlas Podcast: Talking with Jeff Pearlman, author of 'Gunslinger'

Jeff Pearlman, author of "Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre," guests on this week's Mike Hlas Podcast.

Pearlman discusses how and why he wrote this book about the life and career of one of the most-compelling ath ... »

The NBA is Hawkeye-free

By my count, former players of 99 four-year U.S. university basketball teams are on NBA opening-day rosters.

Kentucky has 23 players in the league. Duke has 20, Kansas and North Carolina 15.

Creighton and Nevada have three. Weber State a ... »

B1G Power Rankings: Jim Harbaugh salutes Malcolm X

Big Ten power rankings for people who think the powerful have too much power. Lemme hear you say "Fight the power!"

1. Michigan (4-0 Big Ten, 7-0 overall): Jim Harbaugh wore glasses during the Wolverines' 41-8 ... »

Hlas: Cubs are real, and they’re spectacular

We're surprised and even shocked at various points in life, but some things stop seeming possible after a while.

Time slips away. Dreams get further and further out of reach until they seem like nothing but, well, dreams.

But on a Sat ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes need some time in the shop

IOWA CITY - The bye week couldn't come at a better time for Iowa's football team, because it needs a break from giving public performances and the public needs a break from watching them.

Wisconsin can make an opposing offense look challenged, y ... »

How America is picking Badgers-Hawkeyes

I did this a lot last year, but Iowa hasn't had many games this season that warranted it.

Which is, linking to predictions of the Hawkeyes' games. There wasn't much point when Iowa played Iowa State or Rutgers or Northwestern or Purdue, for inst ... »

College football Week 8: Pick ‘ems, TV listings

Marc Morehouse (3-0, 16-5) - If your Hawkeye flag comes up missing this week, I sincerely apolo ... »

Hlastradamus: Take Hawkeyes and 4, ask no more

Hlastradamus had a representative here last week who told you Iowa would cover at Purdue and Iowa State would not at Texas.

You're all quite welcome for that useful information in advance of those games.

The prophet, using the pointsprea ... »

Wisconsin-Iowa: Twin bulls from different cows

Iowa's 14-7 win at Minnesota was major-college football's third-lowest score of Week 6.

Wisconsin's 14-7 loss at Michigan was major-college football's second-lowest score of Week 5.

Iowa's 14-7 win at Rutgers was major-college football's ... »