If there's anything holding the Tour de France back from gaining a large American TV following, it might be the issue of broadcasts feel so removed from the action.

OK, fine, the all-but-exodus of American stars from cycling's biggest stage hasn't helped much, either. But from a purely entertainment perspective, TV audiences are several degrees removed from the action and subtle excitement that goes on during a cycling race.

For the first time, GoPro cameras have managed to capture that excitement. Velon CC has packaged the best moments from the Tour into an exciting, eye-opening highlight reel.

There's plenty to admire here, but the crashes may be the most captivating. Given the way cyclists bunch together in the peloton during a race, it figures that pile-ups can happen quickly, and without warning.

But it's stunning to see how quickly they can develop -- if you blink, you can miss the initial slip that leads to a massive wreck on the slick European streets.

Also impressive: Those downhill descents. It's crazy to think that those speeds and sharp turns are being taken on by a skinny guy wearing skin-tight clothing while riding what most people see as a children's recreational toy.

Never mind the sharp degrees those bodies must reach when banking around a turn -- it looks like the riders could stick out their hand and touch the ground.

But cycling has always been a dangerous venture when it comes to riding downhill, and this video makes that more clear than ever.

A 10-year-old named Will Gaskett uploaded a video of himself doing various Frisbee trick shots. We're hardly Frisbee aficionados, but this collection seems pretty impressive. (So are the R2-D2 and Darth Vader figures on his dresser.)

This Instagram video posted by Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley is spectacular on two levels.

First, Beasley is listed at 5-8, and he gets up high enough to throw down a reverse, two-handed jam. Sick.

Then he tags Odell Beckham Jr., in the video caption, and ends it with the hashtag #cowboysgiantsrivalry. Classic.


@OBJ_3 had his so it's only right to put one of mine up. #cowboysgiantsrivalry

A video posted by Cole Beasley (@bease11) on

According to the Dallas Morning News, Beasley has been able to dunk since he was a high school freshman. He signed with the Cowboys in 2012 after being undrafted coming out of SMU. He had 37 receptions and four touchdowns last season.

For reference, here was Beckham's dunk from a few months ago:


@kingjames im takin notes #toBored

A video posted by Odell Beckham Jr (@iam_objxiii) on

No response yet from Beckham regarding Beasley's post. But based on Beckham's account, he is gearing up for the NFL season:


And they wonder why I want it so bad, my brother gone eat up so I gotta do the same #RoyalSide @v.royalty.s

A video posted by Odell Beckham Jr (@iam_objxiii) on

The Giants and Cowboys meet in Dallas on the opening weekend of the NFL season as the NBC Sunday Night game. The Cowboys visit the Meadowlands on Oct. 25.

Rob Gronkowski got into the zany spirit of Super Bowl Media Day this year by reading a passage from the erotic novel that he inspired.

"In front of the entire country, Gronk's spike impacts right between my buttcheeks," Gronkowski read from a page of A Gronking To Remember.

Then Gronkowski suggested the possibility of turning fiction into reality.

"If someone wants it, that’d be pretty funny," he said.

The folks at Funny Or Die must have been paying attention. It has just produced a video that would serve as a trailer for the movie version of A Gronking To Remember. It stars Charlotte McKinney, the model whose Super Bowl ad for Carl's Jr. led to an invitation to Dancing With The Stars, and it's her butt that fields a variety of spikes. As Gronk says in the following clip, "Now that's good cinema."


There was an amazing basketball feat in Cleveland, and it has nothing to do with LeBron James.

Kevin Libertowski has been a teen YouTube sensation because of his acrobatic trick shots. He's sunk a front-flip shot, among others.

This time Libertowski was back on his trampoline, and he combined two different flips in one trick.

First Libertowski did a back flip and let go of the ball. Then he grabbed another ball from between his legs and completed a front flip and launched the second ball.

Somehow, both balls landed in the basket at the same time. It's a ridiculous trick shot from a great trick shot artist.

Don't try this at home, because you'll most likely spend all day only to fail.

Tara Lipinski told ThePostGame last month that she can still do some of the moves that helped her win the 1998 Olympic gold medal in figure skating. As a new video on Instagram proves, she can still uncork a nice spin.


This is fun....but I prefer my water frozen

A video posted by Tara Lipinski (@taralipinski) on

Here's a youngster who just learned a lesson the hard way about the downside of showboating. After throwing down a slam dunk, he roars with a Tarzan-style celebration. Then this happens:

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Ronda Rousey is apparently a fan of "The Fifth Element." During her photo shoot for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Rousey makes a reference to Leeloo Dallas to describe one of her outfits. This was captured in an outtakes video that SI just released:

Rousey returns to the Octagon next month to defend her title against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro.

New York Mets rookie Steven Matz impressed on Sunday with his left hand, tossing 7.2 innings while striking out six in his first MLB start.

It turns out the 24-year-old isn't bad with his right hand, either. But unlike fellow rookie hurler Pat Venditte, Matz can't pitch with both hands. Instead, he uses his left hand to pitch and his right hand to spin.

As demonstrated in several Vine videos, Matz is quite talented at spinning objects on his finger. He can do basketballs, iPads, enormous pillows and even pots. Check it out:

Matz can even toss the pillow to another person, in this case fellow Mets hurler Jacob deGrom.

The multi-talented Matz isn't a bad hitter, as he went 3-for-3 from the plate in his debut.

It will be interesting to see how Matz balances the weight of expectations, because his stellar debut has many Mets fans hopeful. Matz along with deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard form one of the best young pitching rotations in MLB.

Kevin Durant was in Los Angeles to promote the release of his new signature sneaker, the KD8, and before leaving town, he took on some local youngsters in an arcade basketball game.

He played to win.

Here's footage, via Jacques Slade, of Durant's crushing one kid at the Dave & Buster's in Culver City:


Tigers ace David Price reacted on Twitter after seeing the video:


But if you're in the mood to see a youth player getting the better of an NBA All-Star, there's always DeMarcus Cousins.

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