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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.

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Halftime Thoughts: Wisconsin 16, Iowa 3

IOWA CITY — It was a pretty good first quarter for Iowa.

It was not a good first half.

The second-quarter yardage: Wisconsin 146, Iowa 46.

In second-quarters this se [...]

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Hlas: Great try, but a cruel tease for Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY — Two points, one play, no conversion.

No trophy with a brass bull, no shot at a West Division championship, nothing on which to hang a hat this season.

Oh, how Kinnick Stadium brimmed with brilliance Saturday a [...]

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Barry Alvarez discusses being on playoff selection committee

CEDAR RAPIDS — Why would Barry Alvarez put himself through it?

He’s 67 years old and has a consuming job as the University of Wisconsin’s director of athletics. He was a college football coach from 1979 to [...]

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Hlas: For Hawkeyes, the season is now

This is it, Iowa's football season defined by one game.

Sure, a college season is a 13-game (or 12-game) collage, and you can't dismiss what has gone down in the 10 previous games or what will come later. And yet, what will the Hawkeyes ha [...]

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How America is picking the Wisconsin-Iowa game


Hey, Wisconsin is ranked and Iowa isn't. The Badgers are 10-point favorites and the Hawkeyes are 10-point underdogs.

So it's only natural that people are picking Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Wisconsin. But what do they think about this [...]

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Fun Facts: Wisconsin-Iowa


I thought “Heartland Trophy” (Iowa-Wisconsin) was a lame name for a rivalry trophy. Then came “Heroes Trophy” (Iowa-Nebraska) and “Freedom Trophy” (Nebraska-Wisconsin).

As someone told me recen [...]

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Fun Facts: Iowa-Syracuse basketball


1. This was written Thursday on Thursday's 2K Classic game against No. 10 Texas will be a defining early-season game for the 25th-ranked University of Iowa men's basketball team.< [...]

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Hlastradamus: History’s hottest handicapper tabs Iowa, ISU

You’ve been waiting all week for this. It’s one thing to have someone tell you he or she picks winners against the Nevada point spreads, but when someone actually does it?

That’s Christmas in July. Or November. Or [...]

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Fun Facts: Texas-Iowa basketball

So Iowa is playing the nation’s No. 10 team in its third game of the season, and in New York’s Madison Square Garden to boot. That’s fun, huh?

So this obviously calls for some Fun Facts.

1. The series [...]

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Hlas Podcast: Tom Oates, Wisconsin State-Journal

It's Wisconsin-Iowa Week, so the Mike Hlas Podcast features a guest who is well-versed on the subjects of Melvin Gordon, Gary Andersen, and all things Badgers.

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