Playing the Field: Italians say the darndest things

Gabby Douglas shows off her skills at the Mets game. Credit: Getty Images
Gabby Douglas shows off her skills at the Mets game. Credit: Getty Images

She said what?!

In this week’s episode of Italians say the darndest things, we head out to Belgium.

According to USA Today Sports, an Italian gymnast’s ill-fated attempt at humor came crashing down when she told the news outlet that “next time we’ll have our skin black also so we can win, too.” The quote came from Carlotta Ferlito. The “we” was referring to herself and teammate Vanessa Ferrari, who finished fourth and fifth on the balance beam last Sunday in the world championships. The girl that beat them out for bronze? American Simone Bile, a 16-year-old who also took home gold in the all-around there.

Ferlito was laughing when she made the comment, which was an apparent Joyce Evans-like attempt at comedy. In addition to losing to Bile, she was also making reference to American Gabby Douglas, who captivated the world at the 2012 Olympics when she struck gold in the all-around. Ferlito has since apologized for the remark.

Look, we’re not saying Ferlito is a racist — she’s just not a very good comedian. She must have went to the Kenny Bania school of stand-up comedy. Hopefully, y’all get that reference.

Shady doesn’t like Moreno

LeSean McCoy loves picking fights on Twitter, whether it’s with his alleged baby mama, that ballerina Osi Umenyiora or that sucky running back Knowshon Moreno.

The Eagles star took to Twitter on Sunday night and wrote, “Knowshon Moreno sucks.” On Wednesday, he joked about it with reporters, starting his press conference by saying that Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin, whom the Eagles face this week, is a “heck of a running back.”

Why the hatred for Moreno? Well, there is no hatred, really. McCoy was just poking some fun at Moreno, the 12th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. You see, McCoy thinks — no, he is — a way better NFL player and can’t get over the fact that he was selected in the second round, some 41 picks after Moreno. Go figure.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.