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PROVO — The state of Utah is getting increasingly more excited as each day brings us closer to football season. Most of us are checking every sports website on a daily basis to see what's going on with our Utes or Cougars, depending on your prejudice. Today we've got something for half of those fans. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke with ESPN's Ivan Maisel on ESPN radio.

Listen to the conversation here and hear Coach Mendenhall talk about independence, the Holy War, Riley Nelson and his trip to the dermatologist. Yes, you read that right. While much of what Mendenhall said was insightful into the upcoming season he also did something we rarely ever see, or hear, he laughed and joked.

The ever serious coach let his guard down a bit and seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself. Take a listen and hear for yourself.

Hamilton Loves the Fans, and Twizzlers

In the middle of the second inning of a game against the Mariners in Seattle, Texas Rangers' All-Star Josh Hamilton took a break and headed to the stands. When he got there he found out how friendly folks are up in the Great Northwest.

A Mariners fan handed Hamilton a bag of Twizzlers, Hamilton took the bag, grabbed a piece of licorice and then handed the bag back. It's not something you see every day, but Hamilton's not your everyday player. And anyone who's played baseball knows that left field can be lonely, Hamilton just wanted a friend and a snack.

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Watching a ball player crack a homerun into the upper deck is impressive, but watching a player complete an inside- the-park homerun off of sheer speed is ludicrous.

Minor-league player Billy Hamilton has stolen 109 bases in just 87 games. Hamilton's Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos were taking on the Jacksonville Suns on Sunday when Hamilton hit a deep shot to the fence. By the time the camera caught up with Hamilton was already at third and being waved home.

I had to watch it multiple times to actually understand how fast he was going. Hamilton managed to run the bases in under 14 seconds. Go out to a field and time yourself running the bases; you will understand how impressive that is.

Coaches vs. Cancer

As a bonus, here is a new commercial for "Coaches vs. Cancer" that prominently features BYU basketball coach Dave Rose.

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