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BYU mascot’s latest stunt gets the Frank Caliendo treatment with a Bill Walton impersonation

Cosmo the Cougar takes photos with a BYU Cougars fan in the audience during the game against the Saint Mary’s Gaels at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Cosmo the Cougar’s latest stunt got the gold star impersonation treatment from a celebrity.

During BYU’s win over San Francisco last Saturday, BYU’s dunk team launched the famous school mascot from beyond the 3-point line for a high-flying dunk.

That caught the attention of comedian Frank Caliendo, known for his spot-on impersonations.

Caliendo, impersonating Bill Walton, gave his rendition of how Walton — the former two-time NBA champion center who now works as a broadcaster for the Pac-12 Network — would call the play-by-play of Cosmo’s dunk, with some era-appropriate background music. Caliendo even slipped in a reference to former Utah Ute and Utah Jazz big man Tom Chambers in the process.

“Forget about LeBron. This is reminiscent of Tommy Chambers, double, triple pumping from the 3-point line in NBA Live on the Sega Genesis video game system. The realism was unprecedented,” Caliendo, as “Walton,” said in the video shared on Twitter.