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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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Being there isn’t everything for college football fans

I have a neighbor who read Scott Doctherman’s recent Gazette story about Iowa’s inability to sell out its 2014 home foo [...]

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Welcome to the brave, new Big Ten world

CHICAGO — The entrance of Maryland and Rutgers into the Big Ten has been difficult to embrace since it became reality 20 months ago, at least for those of us west of Pennsylvania.

To some, Maryland and New Jersey might as well have be [...]

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College football Media Days are Media Daze

The Big Ten’s football media days are in Chicago on July 28-29. Those attending need about 10 days of meditation and breathing exercises to prepare for the event.

The second day is fine for those of us on what used to be known as the [...]

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Iowa/ISU last in Big Ten and Big 12 in ... food?

The list of stupid lists would be the longest list of all-time.

But there’s a reason why lists are so popular on the World Wide Web. They get reactions. So it is with this list rcontinue »

Read between the lines with Iowa football

My rule on college football preseason watchlists for awards is this: They aren’t worth watching.

The season will be played, and players will perform in games. Then, voters will vote on all the awards.

Jameis Winston of Florida S [...]

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College Football Playoff lacks the heft of Floyd of Rosedale

The College Football Playoff trophy was unveiled today, and it’s a whopper.

It weighs 65 pounds. That’s a big ‘un. I know of only one trophy in team sports that weighs more. That would be Floyd of Rosedale, the bronzed p [...]

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Almost flawless not enough for Zach Johnson

SILVIS, Ill. — Sometimes you don’t lose as much as the other guy just beats you.

Had you told Zach Johnson before the final round at the John Deere Classic that he could have a 64 that would match the lowest score posted by any [...]

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Hawkeyes’ Ihm leaves first pro tourney 30K richer

SILVIS, Ill. — Steven Ihm surely learned a lot of useful lessons in his first golf tournament as a professional, but the most valuable was this:

If you play well enough, they give you money.

Ihm’s final-round 68 ga [...]

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Johnson cedes Deere lead to winless Harman

SILVIS, Ill. — And the low native Iowan Saturday at the John Deere Classic was ...

Not Zach Johnson of Cedar Rapids and Drake University, who shot a 2-under-par 69 at TPC Deere Run and fell three shots off the lead at 14-under, tied f [...]

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Hawkeye golfers showing a lot of summer drive

SILVIS, Ill. — The past week offered so much evidence that the University of Iowa’s men’s golf program keeps trending upward.

Here’s what current and former Iowa players in Mark Hankins’ eight years as the [...]

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