It's gotta be the sea urchin.

That's what Andrew Zimmern suggests helped break Brandon Phillips' 24-game streak without a home run. Last week, the Cincinnati Reds second baseman hit two out of the park in a win over the Braves. Zimmern, the host of Bizarre Foods America on the Travel Channel, replied to an MLB Network tweet about the accomplishment with, "Nice work...sea urchin and octopus works."

Baffled, I wrote to Zimmern through his Twitter account (@AndrewZimmern) to ask what the connection was.

His response: "@DatDudeBP is now on the AZ diet and crushing fastballs at the same time... You do the math".

Arithmetic was never my thing, but on Tuesday evening the whole equation came together when MLB Fan Cave released a video of Zimmern and Phillips dining together in New York City. With the Reds in town to play the Yankees two weeks ago, the chef/TV host took the adventurous ball player to Marea for lunch. Chef Michael White treated the pair to some seafood that was well outside Phillips' strike zone.

It took the two-time All-Star a second to build up courage when presented sea urchin with pork fat on toast. After a few tentative chews, Phillips revealed a coy smile. "It's not that bad," he said.

Getting into the octopus with bone marrow over fusilli was not as easy. I can empathize with Phillips on this one. When I was 14, I was fortunate enough to travel to Spain. It was my first trip out of the country and first bizarre food experience. In Madrid, I was presented with octopus, something not on menus in southeastern Virginia in the early 90's, at least not the restaurants my family dined at. I struggled simply looking at the suction-cupped tentacles before finally agreeing to take a bite. What I discovered was the same thing Brandon Phillips did -- octopus is delicious.

Now whether it helps you hit home runs, that's something else altogether.

-- Adam Watson is the food czar at ThePostGame. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamKWatson.

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Someone finally laid out Gordon Ramsay.

But it wasn't one of the cast-offs from any of his reality cooking shows. On Sunday, former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham took down the famously ornery British chef at the Soccer Aid match benefitting UNICEF.

Ramsay was one of the celebrities on the Rest of the World team taking on the best of England.

His teammates included Will Ferrell, Mike Myers, Woody Harrelson and Ed Norton. But Ramsay is no soccer novice. He grew up playing the sport and even tried out for the Glasgow-based Rangers F.C. In his biography, he claims to have played a couple non-league matches with the club, but his career on the pitch was cut short due to multiple injuries. In that regard, it's sort of fitting that his day on the Soccer Aid pitch ended as it did.

In the 61st minute, Ramsay was attempting to make a pass when Sheringham leveled him. To add insult to injury, the Man U striker patted Ramsay on the face as he lay on the ground in pain.

Medics were eventually called to carry the chef off.

Ramsay's publicist said he was taken to the hospital for a back injury, treated and released. "He would like to thank the medical team at the ground and the hospital for the excellent care he received," the statement said.

Through his Twitter account, @GordonRamsay01, the chef thanked all of his followers who sent an outpouring of support.

"Thx 4 all the messages. Out of hospital after receiving amazing care from medics at ground & hospital. Bit sore but fine Gx"

Ramsay's injury came for a worthy cause as the game raised $6.4M for UNICEF.

But to add insult to injury, his team lost 3-1.

-- Adam Watson is the food czar at ThePostGame. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamKWatson.

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There are 46 Major League Baseball games over Memorial Day weekend this year. That's nearly four dozen locations for a great tailgate, and thousands of grills will be fired up in stadium parking lots and backyards for the next three days. Unfortunately most of those glowing coals will be used to cook burgers and dogs. Give me a break. We get enough hot dogs inside the ballpark. Americans are slated to eat over 20 million this year.

Why not try something a little more adventurous and unexpected?

Here are nine unique grilling ideas that will impress your family and friends. Why not ten? Because nine seems more unique, and that's sort of the theme here. Now, instead of hearing, "Well, the Padres season is already over," you'll have guests exclaiming, "I didn't know you could grill that!" So when you're picking up some charcoal, bypass the burgers and add a couple of these to your menu.

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Adrian Gonzalez should be worried.

But not because the Red Sox are in last place in the AL East. On Wednesday, Taco Bell released a $5 Buck Big Hitter Box with the Boston first baseman on the cover. And if history is any indication, the latest endorser for the American-adapted Mexican fast food chain could be headed for trouble.

Call it the Taco Bell curse.

Superstition and sport have gone hand in hand since the first balls were thrown, kicked or tossed through a hoop. Just about any NFL fan can rattle off a few instances of the Madden curse, where the player on the video game cover has a decline in performance or is injured. Marshall Faulk never rushed for 1,000 yards the rest of his career after appearing on the 2003 cover. Last season Peyton Hillis missed five games with a hamstring injury after gracing the Madden NFL 12 box.

Gonzalez is following in the footsteps of Taco Bell endorsers Mariano Rivera and Brian Wilson. Rivera filmed a commercial in the fall of 2010 and suffered a freak injury earlier this month shagging fly balls that ended his season and possibly his career. Wilson acted in his own Taco Bell commercial last year and recently underwent Tommy John surgery, putting a halt to his play in 2012.

The curse scenario for Gonzalez might be doubly bad as he not only acted in a commercial for Taco Bell, but his $5 Buck Big Hitter Box has a video game tie-in as well. Fans who buy the combo, which includes the new Beefy Nacho Burrito, Burrito Supreme, Crunchy Taco and a medium drink, will get the opportunity to play an exclusive Home Run Derby baseball game built from MLB The Show 2012. Anyone can play the game for free through the Taco Bell app, but those that buy the $5 Buck Big Hitter Box will get to play as Gonzalez.

There may be hope for the Boston slugger, though. Taco Bell seems to be a performance booster for at least one MLB star. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander swears by it. Before every start he orders three crunchy taco supremes with no tomato, a cheesy gordita cunch and a Mexican pizza, also without tomato.

But baseball and curses have a long history. Gonzalez might not have been in Boston when the Bambino trade plagued the franchise for a century, but he's certainly aware.

And anyone who doesn't believe in superstitions just needs to ask a Cubs fan about the Billy Goat.

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You never know where Guy Fieri will pop up next. The Food Network star is part chameleon and part enigma. He has played the role of game show host, shot an Aflac commercial, and taught live cooking classes that are more akin to rock concerts. It's a diverse portfolio that leaves some questioning who Fieri really is.

But on Sunday, the 44-year-old celebrity chef with spiked, bleached-blond hair will be in his true comfort zone driving the pace car at the Indianapolis 500.

"There are races and then there are races," Fieri said in a press release. "And without a doubt, the Indy 500 is the race that I've always wanted to attend. And now, to be driving the Corvette Pace Car ... this is going to be unbelievable."

Anyone who has watched "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" knows about Fieri's automotive passion. He opens and closes every episode with his prized, red 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible. It's just one in a stable of classic cars that gear heads would drool over. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Jeff Belskus was well aware of Fieri's hobby when they tapped him to lead the pack this weekend.

"He's full of energy and is a longtime 'car guy' -- a perfect match for 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,'" Belskus said.

At the 96th running of the Indy 500, Fieri will be driving the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 pace car. It's a company he's familiar with, not only owning the '68 Camaro, but a half dozen other Chevy vehicles. The Corvette ZR1 that Fieri will drive at Indianapolis is powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 engine. It tops out at 205 mph, making it the fastest production car Chevrolet has ever made.

Unfortunately for Fieri, he won't get to go anywhere near that as he leads the 33-car pack on the famed flying start.

But with 638 horsepower under the hood and no chance of a speeding ticket, it's anyone's guess what the culinary wild man might do on Sunday.

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Jamie Oliver is all about winning, so it only makes sense that on Friday the celebrity chef teamed up with an organization that is championship or bust -- the New York Yankees.

Oliver's quest for victory isn't a game, though. He's out to change lives, campaigning to stop obesity and rid the world of unhealthy food. The culmination of a lot of hard work and planning was on Saturday, which he dubbed Food Revolution Day. To kick it off and raise awareness, Oliver stopped in the Bronx the day before to lend a hand to the Yankees Healthy Home Plate Program.

The team has partnered with Nourishing NYC to help students learn nutritious eating habits and provide the tools for a lifelong of healthy choices. The program is in its third year with chefs from Yankee Stadium serving as the educators and mentors. Oliver joined them on Friday to do some demonstrations and speak with the children who range from 12-15 years old. One of the highlights of the morning was showing them how to make a healthy breakfast, dubbed the "EggO-Mega Starter Sandwich.

"The Yankees Healthy Home Plate program is exactly what Food Revolution Day is all about -- passing on food knowledge and cooking skills to kids who need it," Oliver said.

The experience in New York City was a microcosm of what Oliver is trying to do all over the world. On Saturday, more than 650 cities in 60 countries participated in his Food Revolution Day in some form. The website for the event described it as "a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world's food issues."

Obesity has more than doubled over the past three decades worldwide and for the first time in history being overweight is killing more people than being underweight. The whole idea behind Food Revolution Day was to inspire change, no matter how small the level.

Oliver encouraged supporters to make a home-cooked meal, shop at a farmer's market or give a tour of the produce section at the super market. He wants communities to connect through schools, restaurants and other local businesses for an end goal of better food and education for everyone.

After the experience at Yankee Stadium, where he was honored with an embroidered logo chef's jacket and hat, Oliver went on The Today Show where he summed up the movement best: "We're standing up for real food."

-- Adam Watson is the food czar at ThePostGame. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamKWatson.

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The trustees of Junior Seau's estate have decided to shut down his popular San Diego sports bar, according to a statement on Wednesday, two weeks after the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker committed suicide.

Seau's the Restaurant opened in 1996 and was a favorite hangout for Charger fans, especially during football season. The 14,500-square-foot establishment featured a wide-ranging menu of pizza, pasta, burgers and even sushi. One of the specialties was Mama Seau's Teriyaki Chicken and Beef, which pulled from the family's Samoan heritage. Seau's had 60 televisions and the owner himself used to watch games there with San Diego's loyal fans after his retirement in 2009.

His absence from the restaurant was cited as one of the driving factors behind the decision to close according to board member Bette Hoffman.

"The trustees made their decision to honor Seau's legacy and preserve the memories of the excitement, fun and warmth that were the hallmarks of the restaurant during the famed linebacker's lifetime," she said in a statement. "Without Seau's charismatic leadership, it was felt that the future profitability of the restaurant could be in question."

Fans have piled flowers and other remembrances outside the Mission Valley eatery. It's just one of several locations with an outpouring of support for the 20-year NFL veteran who spent thirteen seasons with the Chargers. Last week nearly 15,000 people turned out to celebrate Seau's life in a memorial at nearby Qualcomm Stadium.

The restaurant's Yelp page has also turned from restaurant reviews to farewells. Many posts recall favorite moments on the field, while others mourned the loss of traditions that come with the restaurant's closing. Seau's was an every Sunday event for some and the annual site of fantasy football drafts for others. One reviewer, citing the trustees' wishes to protect the family name, suggested a new moniker like Restaurant 55 or 1994, the year Seau led the team to the Super Bowl.

Still, true fans of the man who called everyone "Buddee" won't need a brick and mortar shrine to his memory. Whenever the Bolts take the field, Seau will be celebrated in the hearts and minds of every Charger fan.

And for those who want to remember him with their stomachs, maybe the restaurant will release Mama Seau's Teriyaki recipe.

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We've always known that NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins had a little Ted Nugent in him. But who would've guessed he's part Bobby Flay too?

It was just announced that the former Redskins running back will host his own hunting and cooking show on the Sportsman Channel. "Riggo on the Range" will be part outdoor adventure and part pots and pans.

"Growing up in the Midwest, I have always had a love of the outdoors and a passion for hunting," Riggins said in a press release. "But I also love to mix it up in the kitchen."

The host will also mix it up with different celebrities on each episode. Although no names were released, representatives from the Sportsman Channel say the famous guests will come from various disciplines including food, music and sports. Here's hoping Jared Allen is one of the surprise celebrity guests. The Vikings defensive end is as avid hunter himself and last year released a wild game cookbook.

For anyone who is picturing Riggins doing a public-access style show picking off deer in his backyard, that's not the case. He'll travel well beyond his Maryland home and even out of the country.

"I've been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to hunt all over the world," Riggins said. "Each place I've visited has its own uniqueness and character, and I want to bring to our audience the flavor of places we’ll venture to each week, where people have been working and living off the land for centuries."

In the first episode, Riggins bounces from Kansas to New Mexico to Canada. Then he puts his culinary twist on the catch in a true forest-to-table manner. It's a unique idea that promises some unexpected scenes from the always colorful Riggins. If he's half as animated as he is when criticizing the Redskins ownership and coaching, the show could be must-watch for hunting, cooking and sports fans.

"Riggo on the Range" premieres in January.

-- Adam Watson is the food czar at ThePostGame. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamKWatson.

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Odds are you'll never be able to match Anthony Davis on a basketball court, but that doesn't mean you can't dominate the unibrow while scarfing down a plate of spicy food.

Davis, the former University of Kentucky Basketball star, attempted the Buffalo Wild Wings eating stunt, which simply requires participants to down 12 wings soaked in Blazin' sauce in six minutes.

Easier said than done, as the company's website explains.

Let's just say it didn't go well for the John R. Wooden Award winner. This video clearly shows the 19-year-old basketball phenom doesn't have an iron stomach.

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It seems like Takeru Kobayashi is everywhere these days. The world's most recognized competitive eater recently announced the launch of a new July 4th hot dog challenge, and went viral last week drinking 42 cups of coffee in a video with SNL alum Jim Breuer.

On Friday, Kobayashi helped Harrah's Chester Casino rebrand using the name of the better-known, neighboring city. For his part, he took down a Tony Luke's cheesesteak, 10-inch pizza, an order of macaroni and cheese and a 2-pound cannoli in just less than two minutes.

"I was able to sample the new vendors' menus and meet with the chefs prior to the demo," Kobayashi says, "and you can see the pride and excitement they have in being a part of building the casino into a top-rate entertainment destination."

Part of the casino's rebranding included overhauling the food offerings with new sit-down options like Tony Luke's. On hand for the ceremony were former Eagles Brian Westbrook and Jeremiah Trotter.

"The Harrah's Philadelphia Food Challenge was a fun way to showcase some of the new dishes, and doing so in front of a couple of Philly sports legends made it even more enjoyable," Kobayashi says.

As part of the challenge, he was hoping to break his record time eating a Tony Luke's cheesesteak, which stood at 24 seconds. Kobayashi beat that mark by a half second, which set up his blazing the other courses in equally impressive fashion.

"Before the start, I set my sights on finishing in under 2:00," he says. "I hope no one bet the over."

I'm sure the casino wishes otherwise.

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