Mike Hlas
Hi, I'm Gazette/TheGazette.com 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.





How America is predicting Illinois-Iowa

Now that Iowa is in the Top 25, more national pundits are including the Hawkeyes in their weekly college football predictions.

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Hlas: New-look Hawkeyes digging new digs

It’s been eight years since your last visit to Kinnick Stadium, Illinois. That seems like a long time for a border school from the sa ... »

Cubs vs. Cardinals in playoffs is too much to grasp

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have played each other 2,361 times in regular-season games, dating to 1892.

But this is somet ... »

Fun Facts: Illinois-Iowa

Illinois and Iowa. From outer space, there's not much difference between the two.

But do you know who's ever been to outer space? On with t ... »

Hlastradmus: Doubling down on Hawkeyes, Cyclones

Much like the football teams of Iowa and Iowa State, Hlastradamus had a good week last week.

That's because Hlastradamus took Iowa and Iowa ... »

Saying no to hoops ... for a few more weeks


The first and foremost question to ask in coverage of anything is if it serves the public.

If it's a video of a rat pulling a sli ... »

Hlas Podcast: Champaign News-Gazette sportswriter Bob Asmussen

Illinois and Iowa is a battle of two pleasant Big Ten football surprises Saturday in Iowa City. Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette joins th ... »

Hlas: In breaking news, Hawkeye tickets are selling

IOWA CITY — About 65,000 tickets were sold for Saturday’s Illinois-Iowa football game as of early Tuesday afternoon.

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Iowa is among many intruders in Unbeaten Land

Iowa is one of 20 unbeaten FBS teams in college football.

That’s five weeks into the season. That’s a lot of unbeatens. ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes a little lucky, a lot good

I got this email Sunday morning from someone who isn't from the extended Iowa Hawkeye football family:

“Bet the farm on the Hawks to ... »

B1G numbers: Navy gets out of Hawkeyes’ way

The opening week of Big Ten play (other than a Rutgers-Penn State game on Sept. 19 that you had every reason to ignore) brought two one-side ... »

Halftime Thoughts: Iowa 10, Wisconsin 3

It's just a one-score difference. But the mood in Madison is indigo.

After having relative success moving the ball via pass for the first 1 ... »

Hlas: Red zone ‘D’ gives Iowa bright red ‘W’


MADISON, Wis. – “Once you hear them be quiet, that's what you want to do,” Iowa cornerback Desmond King said about Wisc ... »

How America is picking the Iowa-Wisconsin game

Some weeks, it’s difficult to find predictions on an Iowa game because of the opponent.

It wasn’t really necessary to ma ... »

Hlas: Are Hawkeyes ready to capture relevance?

You shouldn’t look to others for validation. They don’t know what’s in your head and your heart.

The same applies ... »

Hlas: Beathard brothers parts of sports/music double-dynasty

IOWA CITY — C.J. Beathard said Tuesday that his brother “has been killing it.”

The night before in a phone interv ... »

The kicker of Iowa’s all-time long FG ... is where?

There is one Iowa Hawkeyes field goal that was longer than the one Marshall Koehn made to defeat Pittsburgh on Sept. 19.

But what has ... »

Video: Kirk Ferentz’s postgame press conference

Here is some of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz’s postgame press conference after his team defeated North Texas, 62-16, Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

Hlas: Marshall Koehn’s kick will have a long shelf life

IOWA CITY — Moments like Saturday night’s at Kinnick Stadium, these are why football fans stay football fans.

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