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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Travis Pastrana is popular

Picked by an all-star panel, ESPN's Cross-Sport Power Rankings compares the best athletes across all professional sports and decides the top five athletes of the current week. Every week, the panel reveals the top twenty most powerful names in sports, and this week our very own Travis Pastrana came in at number 3 behind Stuart Appleby and Carlos Gonzalez. Placing ahead of dudes like Yankees' Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez, the X Games golden boy continues to break down barriers, not only in action sports, but in mainstream sports as well. I'm pretty sure you're sick of anything X Games related at this point, but I thought you should know ... TP is one bad dude -- even if you think he shouldn't have beaten silver medalist Levi Sherwood in Freestyle.

Click here to watch a video of's Tes Sewell, as well as Jeremy McGrath and Cameron Steele break down Pastrana's greatness after he wrapped up Speed & Style gold.

This week's top five:
1. Stuart Appleby
2. Carlos Gonzalez
3. Travis Pastrana
4. Miguel Cabrera
5. Landon Donovan