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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: Big Ten football, and the questions that matter

Summer is slipping through our sunburned hands, as evidenced by the fact the Big Ten's football media days are upon us.

Thousands of questions will be asked of coaches, players and bellhops Monday and Tuesday at Chicago's Hyatt Regency McCormick ... »

Vinton-Shellsburg: Terrific team, heartbreaking finish

VINTON - An American flag behind the center field fence of the baseball field at Vinton-Shellsburg High barely moved at game time Wednesday night. Humidity hung like a curveball that didn't break.

But a strong wind kicked up in the second i ... »

Iowa State’s Matt Thomas scorched Las Vegas’ nets

For the last three days, it was the Matt Thomas & Mack Center.

OK, UNLV's arena is the Thomas & Mack Center. But former Iowa State guard Matt Thomas capped his NBA Las Vegas Summer League experience there with three days of shooting excellence. ... »

How do Hawkeyes prove their 'hardest-working' claim?

I realize we live in a time in which words don't matter and truth isn't demanded.

But having lived in an era when that wasn't the case, I still wince when I hear or see things stated as facts that may not necessarily be so.

The Iowa athl ... »

Hlas: Bryson DeChambeau is scientist, artist, champion

The John Deere Classic's new reigning champion considers himself a scientist who wants to help you play better golf.

That's different.

Bryson DeChambeau trailed leader Patrick Rodgers by three shots with five holes left in Sunday's final ... »

Youth serving up birdies at John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. - Sunday's final pairing at the John Deere Classic is a mere two years older than Jennifer Lopez, Phil Mickelson, and the JDC itself.

Patrick Rodgers and Daniel Berger - they might have been called Pat and Danny a generation ago - a ... »

Lots of Bob Elliott friends and memories at Hancher

IOWA CITY - Dan McCarney spoke with the fire he ordinarily saved for a pregame speech to one of his football teams.

McCarney talked for over 20 minutes Saturday morning at the service celebrating Bob Elliott's life, and it was passionate.

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Patrick Rodgers rockets, Zach Johnson hangs tough in John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. - Someone with family roots in Cedar Rapids is in contention to win the John Deere Classic.

It's two someones, actually. One is Cedar Rapids native Zach Johnson, an almost-perennial contender here. He shot a second-round 67 Friday t ... »

Hlas: Charles in charge, Zach Johnson in hunt at John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. - Bubba Watson was the feature attraction at the John Deere Classic Thursday afternoon, with his pink driver, pink golf ball, driving distance that makes grown-ups giggle in the gallery, and a glorious golf resume.

But a better show ... »

Hlas: Bob Elliott was both mentor and friend to players

Bob Elliott could play wingman as well as he could coach football, which is saying something.

Matt Bowen was an Iowa recruit from Glen Ellyn, Ill., who went on to play defensive back for seven seasons in the NFL. He now works as a writer and bro ... »

Former Iowa/ISU football coach Bob Elliott dies
Bob Elliott, former University of Iowa football player who was an assistant football coach at Iowa and Iowa State, died of cancer Saturday night while ... »
20 years ago: The night Norm Macdonald mortified the U. of Iowa
Many were disgusted. Some were delighted. University of Iowa athletic department people were mortified. But time heals some wounds, so let us observe ... »
Hlas: From bottom of pile to king of mound at Wartburg
A college baseball team's cruel twist of fate turned into something unforgettably uplifting. On May 6, Wartburg defeated Dubuque 5-0 in the first gam ... »