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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: Campbell tries to lift Cyclones from football wilderness

CEDAR RAPIDS - The conventional wisdom that says you can't win in football at Iowa State isn't wisdom at all.

It's an understandable sentiment, though, given the Cyclones haven't done any real winning since they went 9-3 in 2000 and beat Pi ... »

Hlas Podcast: Kirk Ferentz on Iowa's pre-2015 changes, his love for football

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz guests on this week's Mike Hlas Podcast.

Ferentz discusses a variety of topics including how he made changes without changing who he was after the Hawkeyes' disappointing finish to the 2014 season. He talks about ... »

Hlas: Four ex-Hawkeyes beat Sergio Garcia in U.S. Open qualifier

CEDAR RAPIDS - Sergio Garcia is a fine golfer, but was no match for Sean McCarty Monday.

The longtime head pro at Coralville's Brown Deer Golf Club outscored Garcia and 73 other players in the U.S. Open local qualifier at the Cedar Rapids Countr ... »

Hlas: Wrigley Field still Wrigley Field, but with winning and mai tais

CHICAGO - Wrigley Field sure has changed, and it sure hasn't.

But whatever amenities have been added to the 102-year-old baseball park, here is what's truly and wildly different:

The Chicago Cubs are really good. Through Friday, they wer ... »

'Outside the Lines' looks at Tyler Sash's story Sunday

ESPN investigative sports news program "Outside the Lines" will have a feature Sunday morning (the show is at 8 a.m., Central time) on the last days of former University of Iowa defensive back Tyler Sash.

Sash died at age 27 last September from ... »

Hlas: Niang offers offense galore at NBA Draft Combine

CHICAGO - In talking to reporters Thursday, Georges Niang sounded like he was rehearsing for Friday, when he'll get interviewed by four NBA teams.

"My biggest thing is I'm versatile," said Iowa State's second-team All-America forward. "I have a ... »

Hlas: We play as long as we can play

CEDAR RAPIDS - Whether you're a 10-year-old who is a fast swimmer or a 40-year-old power forward trying to win your sixth NBA title, you always want to find out how far you can go in your sport.

Few pass up a chance to compete in college athleti ... »

Hlas: Hot takes, get your red-hot takes here

Surely you've heard the term "hot takes." Google it, and this definition is at the top of the page:

A "piece of deliberately provocative commentary that is based almost entirely on shallow moralizing" in response to a news story, "usually writte ... »

Hlas: Leicester win like cat-riding monkey leading Derby

It occurred Monday, it may be the biggest upset in team sports history, and it wasn't mentioned in Tuesday morning's Gazette.

That's not at all meant to bite the hand that feeds me. It's been said all news is local, and 5,000-to-1 underdog Leice ... »

As always, NFL Draft was full of hot air

The 2016 NFL Daft - er, Draft - is safely out of our way.

I blame the fogginess from a head cold for having it on television as much as I did last weekend. You know the old saying. Feed a cold with foolishness, starve a fever.

When the r ... »