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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: MSU-Iowa is clash of similar cultures

Michigan State's football team, like Iowa's, isn't too concerned with what the masses want.

The Spartans receive only the third-most attention in their own division behind Ohio State and Michigan. Undoubtedly, more people around America lik ... »

Hlas: A 12th story for Hawkeyes' book of dreams

LINCOLN, Neb. - Fables. Fairy tale.

Fundamentals. Ferentz.

How does a football team get to 12-0? By suspending its best defensive player for the first quarter of the 12th game because he arrived late for a team meeting during the week? ... »

Halftime Thoughts: Iowa 14, Nebraska 10

LINCOLN, Neb. - Well, this is kind of tense and weird, wouldn't you say?

A 4-yard pick-6, an unsportsmanlike penalty on Kirk Ferentz, a Nebraska defensive back (Nate Gerry) ejected, an Iowa linebacker kayoed by a hit from a teammate.

Neb ... »

How America is picking Iowa-Nebraska

Iowa's football team is a slight favorite over Nebraska today, which means we should have variance among forecasters from coast to coast, correct?

Why am I asking you? I'm the one who assembled all these picks, so I should know the answer to tha ... »

Hlastradamus: Crystal ball sees covers for Hawkeyes, Cyclones


Hlastradamus loves holidays.

The prophet was celebrating the Fourth of July hundreds of years before America was discovered (with people already living here). He celebrated Lincoln's birthday the day Lincoln was born, because Abe was s ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes’ 12th hurdle could be their highest

The tension in Nebraska's Memorial Stadium Friday could be so thick that you could cut it with a - stop right there.

This is no time for cliches. We're in uncharted territory here for Iowa's football team, and old, corny slogans won't cut i ... »

Hlas Podcast: Sports Illustrated's Albert Chen

Sports Illustrated's Albert Chen, who wrote the story on the Iowa football team for this week's issue that has the Hawkeyes on the cover, joins the Mike Hlas Podcast.

Chen talks about his experience writin ... »

Hawkeye Confidential: Iowa's last unbeaten football team

The last time Iowa's football team went through a regular-season without a loss was 1922. My math says that was a long time ago.

Even with the resources at our fingertips now like Google, The Weather Channel, and Paul Finebaum, it's still diffic ... »

Fun Facts: Iowa-Nebraska, Git-R-Done Edition

Hey everybody, have you heard Iowa's football team is 11-0?

That means the Iowa-Nebraska regular-season finale is important. But fun. But more important. But still fun. Fun enough for ... wait for it ... Fun Facts!

1. This will ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes add an opponent: SI cover jinx

IOWA CITY - People who believe in jinxes are, as a rule, saps and suckers.

They're more vulnerable to schemes and scams. They willingly swallow every conspiracy theory, but are deeply suspicious of those distasteful things called facts.

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Colin Cowherd: Hawkeyes will lose at Nebraska

I'm officially the guy who gets cheap heat on the back of someone else.

OK, maybe I should have worded that differently. But there's no tim ... »

Video: Hawkeye wrestlers head to Kinnick Stadium mat

Watch Iowa's wrestling team make its measured march from its makeshift Kinnick Stadium dressing room to the stadium field at Saturday's Grapple on the Gridiron.

Colin Cowherd vs. Kirk Ferentz, Hulk Hogan vs. Rocky

It's the Herd against the Swarm.

Before you get bent out of shape about this post, Iowa fans, I encourage you to remember an Elton John alb ... »