The Mike Hlas Podcast
Summary: Gazette sportswriter Mike Hlas — Hlastradamus — talks sports betting in Iowa, joined by other sports experts in the state. Produced by The Gazette in Iowa.
“The Last Dance,” the Michael Jordan documentary on ESPN every Sunday night for five weeks got me thinking I’d like to talk about this. You can listen to Jordan talk and “The Last Dance” talk any place. But I wanted to see how it touches people who aren’t my age. To me it’s a trip down memory lane and I love it, but it’s not telling me a whole lot I don’t already know. The Gazette’s Nathan Ford and I are both NBA fans, but Nathan didn’t see Michael Jordan play. On this podcast, we talk about our different perspectives watching this documentary, how the NBA has changed, why basketball lends itself to personality-driven stories like these and more.
It's bowl season! On this year's final episode of the Hlastradamus Odds Pod, Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan make their picks against the spread for Iowa-USC and Iowa State-Notre Dame. How many confidence points should you assign the Holiday and Camping World Bowls? More picks on the show include the College Football Playoff semifinals, other bowl games involving Big Ten teams and locks of the week (year).
It’s rivalary week in college football, which gives the Hlastradamus Odds Pod plenty of intriguing games to pick. Listen as The Gazette’s Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan pick Iowa-Nebraska, Minnesota-Wisconsin, Ohio State-Michigan, and Iowa State-Kansas State against the spread. As always, locks of the week are included as well.
No longer in the Big Ten West, does Iowa really have "a lot to play for" this week against Illinois, as coaches and sportswriters like to say? Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan discuss as they make their picks against the spread (Iowa -15). It's a similar situation in Ames, where Iowa State is a 24.5-point favorite Saturday against Kansas. Plus, other Big Ten picks, including Ohio State-Penn State and the locks of the week.
Iowa and Iowa State are both favored at home this week vs. ranked opponents. The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes host No. 8 Minnesota while the Cyclones take on No. 19 Texas. Will either (or both) cover? Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan make their picks on the Hlastradamus Odds Pod, plus give their locks of the week in college football.
It's a BIG week of college football, with two battles of unbeatens and big games for the state of Iowa's FBS programs. Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan make their picks against the spread for Iowa-Wisconsin, LSU-Alabama, Penn State-Minnesota and Iowa State-Oklahoma and share their locks of the week.
With Iowa and Iowa State both off this week, the Hlastradamus Odds Pod has a chance to reset. Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan look back at their picks so far this season -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Plus, as always, they make their picks for this week's games, including locks of the week.
Iowa hasn't lost four in a row to Northwestern since 1932 and is a 10.5-point favorite this week as it tries to snap its current losing streak to the Wildcats. Will the Hawkeyes cover on the road? Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan discuss that, Iowa State-Oklahoma State, Wisconsin-Ohio State, locks of the week (involving Pauly Shore and New Mexico) and more on the Hlastradamus Odds Pod.
Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan are looking to the future on this week's Hlastradamus Odds Pod. Which futures -- in any sport -- are we watching at ELITE Sportsbook? Plus, as always, picks against the spread for Week 8 of college football, including Iowa-Purdue, Iowa State-Texas Tech and our locks of the week.
This game has everything. Alternate uniforms, pregame flyover, striped crowd, Ricky Stanzi, America Needs Farmers ... it's Iowa vs. Penn State in prime time on ABC. Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan make their picks against the spread for that game and more from around college football, including their locks of the week.
Considering the historical competitiveness and stakes, Michigan might be Iowa's best football rivalry. The Gazette's Mike Hlas and co-host Tim Sullivan share their memories of Hawkeyes-Wolverines games of the past and make their picks against the spread for Saturday's game on the latest Hlastradamus Odds Pod. And as always, we heave other Big 12 and Big Ten picks and their locks of the week.
College football players and coaches would never get caught saying they're looking ahead. But we here at the Hlastradamus Odds Pod can do just that. What lines stick out over the final 3/4 of the Iowa and Iowa State schedules? Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan evaluate in the first part of this week's episode. Plus, we pick Iowa vs. Middle Tennessee and Iowa State at Baylor against the spread, as well as other noteworthy games this week.
Iowa may have won last week's Cy-Hawk game, but the Hawkeyes didn't cover the game day line. Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan discuss the oddities of that game on the latest Hlastradamus Odds Pod. Iowa is off this week, but Mike and Tim offer their picks for Iowa State vs. Louisiana Monroe and three noteworthy Big Ten games Saturday. Plus, an interview with Jake Reed, the sportsbook manager at Riverside Casino, about the first few weeks of sports betting in Iowa. The Hlastradamus Odds Pod is brought to you by ELITE Sportsbook.
Cy-Hawk week comes with superstitions. Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan discuss theirs on the latest Hlastradamus Odds Pod. Then it's on to picks, leading off of course with Iowa-Iowa State, followed by a handful of other college football games and our locks of the week. The Hlastradamus Odd Pod is brought to you by ELITE Sportsbook.
Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan discuss Iowa covering (if you bet early enough) against Miami (Ohio) and Iowa State's close call against UNI last Saturday. Then it's on to Week 2 and the notable lines, locks and other picks for this week's college football games.