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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: Basically, college football awards are publicity stunts

I'd go all bowl-conjecture as we near Selection Sunday, but that's a losing game.

Maybe it will be Iowa against Washington State in the Holiday Bowl. I hope not, because Washington State is soft.

Wait a second. Sez who?

"We're so ... »

Hlas: Brazilian soccer tragedy hits home for Cedar Rapids Rampage

A horrific soccer-related tragedy in South America Monday has resonated around the world, including Cedar Rapids.

A chartered plane carrying 76 people, including the Chapecoense soccer team of Brazil, crashed in Colombia Monday night. There were ... »

Hawkeyes forcing punts and punts and punts

Here are a handful of disconnected college football stats and notes I found interesting, at least to a small degree:

1. Iowa forced 10 punts in each of its last two games. That's the first time Hawkeyes opponents have punted 10 times in consecut ... »

B1G Power Rankings: OSU, Michigan get participation ribbons

Big Ten power rankings for people who think #x201c;bowl projections#x201d; are bowls defending themselves against their own unconscious impulses by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to other bowls.

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Hlas: Campbell insists far-better days ahead for Cyclones

Maybe this was for the best.

OK, probably not. Losing 49-19 in your season finale as Iowa State did to No. 18 West Virginia Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium was the opposite of #x201c;best.#x201d;

It was a reminder to everyone connected ... »

Hlas: Hawkeye seniors had their day, and what a day it was

IOWA CITY - So now Iowa is a Minnesota fan for a day, hoping the two-touchdown underdog Gophers defy every expectation Saturday by winning at Wisconsin and carving the Big Ten West title into four slices, including one for the Hawkeyes.

Unlikely ... »

Iowa football Game Report: Hawkeyes 40, Nebraska Cornhuskers 10

News, notes, grades and anecdotes from Iowa's 40-10 win over Nebraska in the regular-season finale Friday at Kinnick Stadium.


Play of the Game

The Setup - Iowa's first two drives against Nebraska were three-a ... »

Iowa’s Faith Ekakitie says Nebraska player used racial slur toward him

IOWA CITY - Iowa defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie said a Nebraska player used a racial slur toward him early in the Cornhuskers-Hawkeyes football game Friday at Kinnick Stadium.

Ekakitie declined to identify the player or what precisely was said. H ... »

How America is picking Huskers-Hawkeyes

If you don't want to know what the rest of America thinks about today's Nebraska-Iowa football game, just keep watching and reading the things you find agreeable and keep your minds closed.

Just kidding. Don't do that. Never do that.

Bes ... »

Hlastradamus was perfect last week, but that was then

Hlastradamus did a mic drop last week and can't be bothered on this holiday weekend.

Besides, the penultimate episodes of most television series are always better than the finales.

Last week was the prophet's penultimate episode. He gave ... »