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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.





Adrian Clayborn, C.J. Beathard have their best NFL Sundays

Saturday wasn't the best of days for Iowa football. You know the score.

But on Sunday, a pair of former Hawkeyes had the best days of their careers.

Adrian Clayborn, who was such a good defensive end at Iowa, has had an injury-plagued NF ... »

Big Ten football rankings: Keokuk for Iowa’s bowl locale?

1. Wisconsin (7-0 Big Ten, 10-0 overall): People have called the Badgers' schedule soft. This week's games: Michigan-Wisconsin, Mercer-Alabama, Citadel-Clemson.

2. Ohio State (6-1, ... »

Hlas: “Extreme Extremes,” the 2017 Iowa football story

It's a really weird Iowa football season.

The weirdest? Nah, not even close. That was 1988. The Hawkeyes opened the season by losing in the warmth of Hawaii, closed it by losing in a cold rain to North Carolina State in Atlanta's Peach Bowl, and ... »

Iowa football Game Report: Wisconsin 38, Hawkeyes 14

Notes and numbers from No. 20 Iowa's 38-14 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin Saturday in Madison, Wis.


Play of the game

The Set Up - As "over" as this game felt, it wasn't with about ... »

Hlas: House of Pain, WI 53711 - Wisconsin jumped around, atop and over Iowa

MADISON, Wis. - Josh Jackson came to a postgame press conference here wearing a shirt with the wording "Ego is the Enemy."

There's not much the sensational Iowa junior cornerback is getting wrong these days, but that phrase wasn't right. Ego was ... »

How America is picking Iowa-Wisconsin

Wisconsin is favored by double-digits to beat Iowa Saturday. That doesn't always mean something, as last week's Iowa game showed.

What do your fellow countrymen think about this game? Click on the links here to read their work and learn their ra ... »

Hlas: Barry Alvarez’s bright red blueprint still works at Wisconsin

Twin sons of different bulls?

"It feels like looking in a mirror sometimes when I see Iowa," said Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.

"Kirk Ferentz is a solid football guy. You see the emphasis on their offensive line every year, ... »

On Iowa Podcast: Putting the Ohio State win in perspective and previewing Wisconsin

Iowa has a game against a top-10 team this week. Normally that would be the No. 1 topic of conversation on the On Iowa Podcast. But of course, after Iowa's historic 55-24 blasting of then-No. 6 Ohio State last week, The Gazette's Marc Morehouse and Mike ... »

Hlastradamus: Badgers by 12.5? Seer thinks not

Hlastradamus has no interest in discussing last week.

Let's just say he took Ohio State and the points against Iowa, and was off by a mere seven touchdowns or so. They may have to do a #x201c;31 For 31#x201d; documentary on a game in which ... »

Iowa Hawkeyes 'Pay To Slay' their way to 3-0 basketball start

Good news came from the Big Ten men's basketball media days in New York last month when it was announced the league will go to a 20-game conference schedule, effective next season.

That means a little more meat and a little less cotton candy on ... »

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery: “I've turned programs in”
IOWA CITY - Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery didn't hesitate Monday when asked if he had ever called the NCAA with information about what he ... »
Hlas: Brandon Snyder leaves darkness of torn ACL, leads Iowa Hawkeyes to light
IOWA CITY - You can't play football less than six months after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament. You can't intercept a pass, return it 89 yards ... »
Hlas: Iowa Hawkeyes need to rumble past fumbles
Iowa's football team has three statistics pressing into its hip pads as it enters its game against Illinois Saturday. The first is the most-basic and ... »
Hlas: Whose line is it, anyway, Hawkeyes?
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Last December, Iowa's offensive line was given the Joe Moore Award for what that award's people calls college football's Most Ou ... »
Hlas: North Texas squirt gun vs. Iowa Hawkeyes' bazooka
Dan McCarney couldn't and wouldn't say it two years ago, but we all knew it anyway. This isn't a fair fight. The resources available to Iowa's footba ... »