Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget says he had good reason to turn down what probably would've been the freshest meal he has ever eaten. It was too fresh.

As Liuget discovered on his vacation in Ethiopia, the locals enjoy their meat by eating an animal on the same day that they kill it. In Liuget's case, he was visiting with his girlfriend, Faven, who is from Ethiopia, and their hosts were preparing goat.

"The only reason why I couldn't eat it is because I'd seen the whole process done," Liuget says. "It was one of the craziest, most freakiest things I'd ever seen in my life. We brought him from the market ... and into the front yard. We hung him up on the tree and killed the goat right in front of me. Skinned him. Gutted him. They cooked everything in his body. Everything. I mean, from the intestines to the testicles. Everything. The tongue."

Check out the goat and more adventures from Ethiopia and Egypt that Liuget shot on video and shared with ThePostGame:

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Liuget was the Chargers' first-round pick in 2011 from Illinois where he majored in sociology.

This week's most unique listing on Airbnb also happens to be free.

The Chicago Bulls are offering a one-night stay at their home, the United Center, for one extremely lucky fan. And unlike most other Airbnb offers, this deal includes much more than a place to sleep.

One diehard Bulls supporter and a guest will get a pregame dinner, locker-room tour and seats in owner Jerry Reinsdorf's suite for the team's April 11 matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. Then that person and his or her guest will be escorted to the court, where they'll get to hoop it up with Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.

Then comes the best part of any sleepover, a movie. This flick will be shown on the team's giant video screen.


Chicago-area residents can throw their hats into the ring by entering the competition and telling the team why they deserve to win the experience of a lifetime.

Tom Brady's vacation keeps getting better.

He clowned with his kids who buried him in the sand in Costa Rica. He experimented with a little cliff diving. And now he's playing some pickup hoops with Michael Jordan in the Bahamas. (Brady is the one wearing a ball cap backwards.)


Watch Brady stick a jumper in this clip:

Some of the other guys on the court were pro golfers Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald. Here's Brady and Jordan joining them on the course:


Here's Brady turning the corner on a drive to the hoop (and turning Bradley's ankle in the process):


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As you might suspect, Donald and Bradley had fared better on the course than on the court:


As such a historically famous franchise, the Knicks can play almost anywhere and feel at home. Even London, where they'll be facing the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

"Everybody knows the Knicks," Hall of Famer Earl Monroe says. "Even when I was playing, it was a big thing for the Knicks wherever they played."

Of course, during Monroe's playing career, the Knicks went the NBA Finals three times in four seasons, winning the title twice. The present is bleak. The Knicks are taking a league-low 5-35 record to London, and they're on pace for the worst winning percentage in team history.

Fortunately for the Knicks, they're also bringing Monroe to London along with two stars from the 90s era that produced two Finals appearances, John Starks and Larry Johnson. With the team such a mess at the moment, nostalgia is the smart way to play it. The Knicks had these three former stars representing them at the promotional pop-a-shot event last week at Grand Central Station in which the winning fan won a trip to the London game from Delta Air Lines.

The glory of those two Knicks championship teams was just revisited in the ESPN "30 For 30" documentary When the Garden was Eden, but Monroe says fans from that era didn't necessarily need a reminder.

"People say, 'I saw the When the Garden was Eden,' but those are the same people that say, 'Hey, Earl, what's going on?'" Monroe says. "The thing is those are the teams that have stayed in the conscience of New York."

Knicks president Phil Jackson was featured in the documentary for his role as a key reserve on those teams. His return to New York as an executive has gotten off to a rocky start in terms of the team's brutal record, but he is essentially starting from scratch. They took a step toward rebuilding last week when the team let loose J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in a three-way trade with the Cavaliers and Thunder. Both Smith and Shumpert were part of a Knicks team two seasons ago that went 54-28.

"The vibe is always strong here in New York," says Starks, an advisor in the Knicks Alumni Relations & Fan Development department. "Everybody knows change is coming down the pipeline, and unfortunately it's happening sooner than later, obviously with J.R. and Iman being traded. The team is going to continue to work hard see what pieces fit moving forward."

In the immediate aftermath of the deal, the Knicks see little improvement on the court, gaining big man Lance Thomas. The meat of the trade for New York comes in the form of salary cap space moving forward.

"For some people, it's hard to see the improvement," Johnson says. "For someone like me, who's a basketball fanatic, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Be patient and forget the record."

Knicks fans' patience may be extended thanks to the equity Jackson built as a championship player in New York and coach with the Bulls and Lakers.

"Phil Jackson has 11 championship rings, so I think he knows a little bit about winning," Starks says. "It'll just take a little bit for Phil's plan with this team. We're looking forward to seeing how it works."

Regardless of how bad the Knicks are this season, they're still playing in the important role of NBA ambassador for the league's fourth regular-season visit in five years to London. (There were no international games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season).

"They understand the NBA," Starks says of fans in England. "They sell out the arena. It's not the first time the fans have seen the game of basketball. They're excited to see the teams come over. It's always excited seeing the game contested overseas. I really enjoy these times when you're able to take the game global and get a different perspective of fans and their reaction to the game of basketball."

For the players, heading to London is probably a welcome getaway, even though it involves a flight of nearly eight hours.

"When you see the schedule at the beginning of the season, you probably think, 'Wow,'" says Johnson, who is working for the team's Basketball & Business Operations. "I think right now, those guys are just happy and excited to go to another country to play."

Starks says, "When you come to grips with it, you say, hey, we get seven days off before we play and get to see a new culture and take in new scenery."

The NBA has been playing international games since the 1970s. The first regular-season game played overseas was in 1990 when the Suns and Jazz split two games in Tokyo. London hosted its first NBA exhibitions in 1993. Then in 2011, it became the first European city to stage NBA regular-season games as the Nets won twice against Toronto.

Like the NFL, there are rumblings of London becoming the home of an NBA franchise.

"I know they've talked about it," Starks says. "Commissioner Adam [Silver] is probably looking at that in the near future -- putting a team over there or a league over there. It'd be exciting if there was something."

The issue of long-distance travel is mitigated by the comforts of modern flying.

Monroe's overseas playing experience came after he retired from the NBA when he organized a group of former stars to tour China, Hong Kong and Manila in 1984. Monroe's teammates included Rick Barry, Pete Maravich, Cazzie Russell, Connie Hawkins and Bob Dandridge. For a coach, Monroe tapped Jackson, who was coming off a Continental Basketball Association championship with the Albany Patroons.

Monroe takes a long breath when thinking back to those 1984 exhibitions. "That was exotic," he says.

Now the Knicks will bring two European players across the pond, Andrea Bargnani (Italy) and Jose Calderon (Spain), and the Bucks will add Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) and Ersan Ilyasova (Turkey).

"The game has grown to such a degree it's almost like playing at home with so many European players on the roster," Monroe says.

The Knicks and Bucks tip off at 3 p.m. ET Thursday on NBATV from O2 Arena.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are on their way to dominating Los Angeles, and it looks like they will have a little help from Jordan Brand. It gave ThePostGame an inside look Thursday at the new Jordan Hangar on the west side of Los Angeles. The facility spans 75,000 square feet and rests within the same hangar that housed Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose.

Built mainly for off-season training, the facility features a custom basketball court, a skills challenge area, a wear-test area for the latest performance footwear from Jordan Brand, and an entertainment lounge with plush leather couches, an Xbox 360 and an HD TV. While taking a tour of the facility and testing out the court, we learned some of the ins and out of the Jordan Hangar from the brand's North American communications manager, Brandon Cresswell:

By Catarina Cowden
TheActiveTimes.com

The temperature has begun its descent. Not to that unbearable winter cool, but to the perfect crisp breeze that only exists in the fair season of autumn. And there's no better way to enjoy the cool weather, and beautiful scenic views that come along it, than out on a bike ride.

Whether you are an avid cyclist, or an infrequent rider, there is something about fall that just calls for bike riding fun. You can ride comfortably, without the overheating that comes in summer, but you don’t feel too harsh of a wind chill when you pick up speed as you do in winter. Fall cycling is the most enjoyable time to ride, add some vivid colors of leaves falling in your path and it's like pedaling through a dream.

Certain areas of the world experience fall a bit better. As a native New Englander, I know just what quality fall is. And the best part about it, was hopping on my road bike, and hitting the East Bay Bike Path to soak in the warm sun among the cool breeze. I stand by that everyone should experience a bike ride in prime fall season, and with this list, you may just find an epic ride near you. If not, just soak in the sensational colors that jump out of the photos of these 11 trails for fabulous fall bike rides.

By Catarina Cowden
TheActiveTimes.com

Beers and Bikes. Two of the best words that start with the letter 'b.' Combine them? Well then, life can't get much better.

Who knows why or how it happened, but for some magnificent reason, people who appreciate bikes, tend to also appreciate craft beers. It's associated with the urban/mountain biking crowd, but anyone can turn into a beer lover upon first tasting the fresh hoppiness of a local microbrew.

And the great thing about being a beer lover, is that there are great beers brewed all around America, in people’s basements, backyards, breweries, or pubs (ok, there's one word that doesn’t start with 'b' that makes the cut). Certain cities may be more densely populated with craft beers, but wherever you live, you shouldn't be too far.

This list explores some different locations around the U.S. from the ales of the east coast to the IPAs of Colorado, you'll easily find a tour you love and a beer that fits snugly in your drinking hand. And after a long day out on the trails with your bike, the reward of an ice cold beer will be the icing on a fantastic day.

Ballpark hopping is big among baseball fans because each park is so unique. That wasn't always the case for NFL stadiums, but the days of pro football fields all looking alike are long gone. Today's fans will be amply rewarded with a visit to any of these 10 unique venues.

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In its 21st year as a U.S. Open partner, American Express has created a mega-Fan Experience just inside the East Gate. The 20,000 square foot building includes a variety of options for all sorts of U.S. Open attendees.

"We know we have two types of fans: Fans who are serious about tennis and play it and fans who may not be as strong players, but like to watch it," says Michele Carr, American Express Director of Sports Sponsorship and Strategy. "We are dedicated to providing the most enjoyable experience for both groups."

The 2014 U.S. Open Fan Experience features both hands-on attractions and technological advancements. American Express invited ThePostGame to take a stab at them and find out what the Fan Experience is all about.

Modern technology is a beautiful thing. Right now, you can listen to a customized playlist on your iPod while watching the World Cup on your iPad while Skyping with your friend in China while Facetiming on your iPhone with your grandmother across the country.

One may think urban transportation would see similar evidence of high-tech progress. According to a New York business group devoted to improving New York City area airports, this is not the case. Global Gateway Alliance found riding a bike may be among the quicker forms of city travel.

On June 30, Global Gateway Alliance Executive Director Stephen Sigmund hopped on a CitiBike, New York City's bike rental provider (Chicagoans, they are almost identical to Divvy bikes), and made a beeline for LaGuardia Airport. LaGuardia, located just nine miles by car from Midtown Manhattan in Queens, is the closest airport to the Manhattan borough. Meanwhile, six interns tested different routes.

Of the seven tracks, Sigmund's cycling journey (keep in mind CitiBikes are not as speedy as most purchasable bikes) lasted 49 minutes, the fourth-fastest route. He was beaten by a yellow cab (25 minutes), a shuttle bus from Grand Central Terminal (44 minutes) and an UberX (a narrow 48 minutes).

The three interns behind Sigmund took a straight subway (56 minutes), the Long Island Railroad to the Q70 bus (56 minutes) and a subway-to-bus route (61 minutes).

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the study was price. Sigmund's CitiBike trip, which lasted between the 45 and 75-minute rental window, cost him $2.50. That tied for the cheapest total with the straight 7 subway line intern.

Bad news for Uber riders: the UberX trip was the most expensive at $44. For reference, the standard New York City cab cost $33.

Sigmund admitted he put in some extra elbow grease, considered red lights "optional" and there is no CitiBike drop off to finish his rental at LaGuardia. For travelers, luggage must also be considered, which means a CitiBike may only be a legitimate option for day-trip travelers.

With that said, the study puts two aspects of urban airport travel in perspective. First, traditional biking may be faster than multiple forms of public transportation, not to mention a cheaper option. Second, forms of urban travel need to be improved to get people to the airport faster.

Oh, and by the way, none of this factors in delays, security checkpoints and checking baggage.

[H/T Bloomberg Businessweek]

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