The Hlog

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: Hot takes, get your red-hot takes here

Surely you've heard the term #x201c;hot takes.#x201d; Google it, and this definition is at the top of the page:

A #x201c;piece of deliberately provocative commentary that is based almost entirely on shallow moralizing#x201d; in response to ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

Hlas: Too soon, RoughRiders reach end of long road

CEDAR RAPIDS - It was their biggest game of the season, before a gathering you could describe as intimate.

It was their 65th game that counted in the 2015-16 season, and it was the one that mattered most for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. They pu ... »

Hlas: Kinnick music: You can’t always get what you want

When you're rolling down that slope that comes after middle-age, you either become #x201c;that guy#x201d; and flaunt it proudly, or you desperately don't want to be him.

I really, really don't want to be #x201c;that guy.#x201d; I don't want ... »

Hlas: This spring, everything was sunny in Kinnick

IOWA CITY - During the Iowa football team's spring game Saturday in Kinnick Stadium, I noticed something under my seat in the east grandstand.

A pair of empty miniature plastic bottles of Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum were near my feet, uncollecte ... »

Hlas: Running across Iowa and against cancer

Ryan Wade of Iowa City is in the process of running 9 1/2 marathons in seven days, and that's not the most-impressive thing he's doing in that time frame.

This week, the owner of Iowa City-based Wade Investments has raised over $50,000 and aware ... »

Hlas Podcast: Former UNI AD, college basketball official Rick Hartzell

Rick Hartzell, a Division I basketball official for over a quarter-century and the former athletic director at Northern Iowa, guests on this week's Mike Hlas Podcast.

Rick talks about ... »

Hlas: Football shouldn't be a rite of spring

This makes me a heretic among some of the people with whom I work and associate, but I hate spring football games or pseudo-games.

I seldom like exhibition or preseason anything, in fact. Give me games that count, skip the rest. Any coach who ba ... »

Hlas: Everyone on same blue Paige at Linn-Mar

MARION - It was a North Carolina home basketball game a thousand miles from Chapel Hill.

Carolina blue was the dominant color in Linn-Mar High School's gymnasium Saturday night. Some of it was from the "Team Paige" T-shirts a lot of people bough ... »