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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: Hawkeye wrestlers still can’t tame Lion kings

IOWA CITY - For a while Friday night, Carver-Hawkeye Arena had that old, familiar feel that some visiting high-ranked college wrestling timber was about to meet a buzz saw.

A crowd of 14,311 - larger than at any Hawkeyes home basketball game thi ... »

Hlas: Fran McCaffery sees red ... again

IOWA CITY - So, it wasn't really the best look for Iowa men's basketball on Thursday night.

The Hawkeyes lo ... »

Video: Fran McCaffery on Iowa's loss to Maryland

Hear from Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery following the Hawkeyes' 84-76 loss to No. 25 Maryland on Thursday.

Iowa is now 11-9 overall, 3-4 in the Big Ten.

Column:  ... »

Hlas: Peter Jok’s omission makes Wooden Award seem wooden

OK, the timing of this isn't ideal given Iowa guard Peter Jok is coming off his worst game of the season.

Jok had four points in 22 minutes in the Hawkeyes' hideous 89-54 loss at Northwestern Sunday.

But everybody has a clunker sometime. ... »

Tuesday stuff: Tonight is closest thing to an NBA Iowa-fest

Tuesday stuff:

The Dallas Mavericks play the Chicago Bulls tonight in Chicago.

Wild horses couldn't drag me to watch it, but that's for one primary reason: There's no way wild horses could drag me all ... »

Hlas: Many of us are Carl Edwards, at least somewhat

In May 2011, Carl Edwards finished second behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr., in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Newton's Iowa Speedway.

I was there, to find an angle to write about for The Gazette. I've spent my career looking for angles. Which soun ... »

Hlas: Hawkeye kids don't cower to Boilermakers this time

IOWA CITY - Ferocious, wildly entertaining, and ultimately, successful.

That was Iowa's basketball team Thursday night in its 83-78 win over 19th-ranked Purdue at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, surely warranting a lot of wondering from a Big Ten Network ... »

Thursday thoughts: Firings, defections, and Monte Morris

Nothing heavy here, just midday stuff.

Iowa offensive football assistant coaches Bobby Kennedy and Chris White got fired. New offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz will have three new-to-the-staff (assuming none ... »

Hlas: Can the son, Brian Ferentz, make Hawkeyes' offense rise?

IOWA CITY - It was the second-straight Monday with a college football game in Tampa.

The Alabama-Clemson national-title contest was a few hours away as a gray sky hovered over Kinnick Stadium and a winter wind whipped flags with Hawkeyes colors ... »

Hlas: Youngest Hawkeyes team tries to spend youth wisely

IOWA CITY - Al McGuire - you college freshmen in the audience may have no idea who he was - once said the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores.

Some games this season, that will be heresy here. On others, you'll understand ho ... »