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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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Hlists, Week 5 in college football: Michigan owns the news

Week 5 was less than sizzling in college football. The two most-interesting things that happened were at the Minnesota-Michigan game.

One, Michigan got mauled at home, again. Two, the Wolverines left a quarterback in the game who clea [...]

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Little strength so far in Hawkeyes’ strength-of-schedule

What is it about playing Iowa that seems to discombobulate football teams after they’ve done it?

A couple weeks ago, the consensus was that the Hawkeyes’ nonconference schedule wasn’t too bad after all, and maybe [...]

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Hawkeyes not humming, but their rattle has quieted

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — So, Iowa’s football team and all who pay attention to it can exhale this week.

It’s the Hawkeyes’ first of two bye weeks, and a 5-week stretch of tight games has ended. If I’d [...]

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Big Ten Week 5 performance rankings: 1. Northwestern, 7. Iowa, 14. Michigan (again)

This is my ranking of how Big Ten teams did in Week 5, and Week 5 alone. Alone, by the way, is where Michigan’s team finds itself after yet another debacle.

1. Northwestern, W 29-6 at Penn St [...]

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Hlas: Sunshine all around for Hawkeyes


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sunshine, indeed.

That was the byword of Iowa's football team after its 24-10 handling of Purdue here Saturday. The weather was warm and sunny, the visiting Iowa band was playing up a storm, and the f [...]

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Halftime thoughts: Iowa 10, Purdue 10

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Iowa should win this game. I think.

The Hawkeyes stumbled and bumbled and trailed 10-0, and it could have been worse. Then Iowa's defense went into lockdown, and Purdue quarterback Danny Etling didn't exactly look l [...]

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Another weekend, another eastbound Hawkeyes convoy

I was in the Pittsburgh airport Sunday at 7 a.m., eating a most-unimprressive breakfast quesadilla.

That will make you ask yourself some questions. And so I did, while watching a fairly steady stream of people walk by me in the terminal wear [...]

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Fun Facts: Iowa-Purdue

I was in Pittsburgh last weekend. It’s a city with great architecture, magnificent bridges, a vibrant downtown, all sorts of cultural and entertainment options.

This week, it’s West Lafayette, Ind. It has the continue »

Hlas Podcast: Steve Almond, author of “Against Football”

This week's Mike Hlas Podcast is with author Steve Almond, who has a new book out called “Against Football: One Man's Reluctant Manifesto.”


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Hlastradamus: Back on target and taking Hawkeyes, Cyclones

The Hlastradamus you know, love, and fear with every fiber of your being returned last week.

The prophet was very prophetic, going 4-1 [...]

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