… looks like one of the wildest sports around. Before the rules came down in the middle ages that in Football (soccer) you could only kick the ball, there was this game where you could pick it up and run with it, and fight along the way. Calico Storico, which was revived in 1930 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Siege of Florence… a sport probably in line with Benito Mussolini’s world view, which has nonetheless become part of modern Florentine cultural celebrations. More after the jump:
Calico Storico was revived in 1930 from a sport whose official rules were first published in 1580. The sport was a revival of the Roman sport called Harpastum, which in turn was taken from a Greek game called phaininda, all have in common a ball, a place to deliver it at either end of an arena, and two opposing packs of guys that you have to fight through if you want to score a goal. And by fight, I mean something that looks like it would put NHL Hockey to shame, with bare knuckle brawls breaking out quite spontaneously, in an open weight class, with few rules if any.
Who needs the UFC? Who needs the Olympics? Who needs Euro Footy? NHL hockey? These guys have it ALL!
Youtube has one on it here, appears to be a trailer of a feature film:
This sport, whatever you want to call it, does not want to die. Its team MMA with a ball. The mind boggles. The Wikipedia page linked above explains it thus:
The modern version of calcio allows tactics such as head-butting, punching, elbowing, and choking but sucker punches and kicks to the head are banned.
WHAT? No sucker punches or kicks to the head? That is awfully nice of them. Something tells me that this sport could catch on. Its nice that they allow head butting, which makes me think of that a certain match up wouldnt have resulted in a red card and could have changed the balance of things:
All of this leads me to belive that if Dana White wants to increase the UFC fan base in Europe, all he need do is throw a ball in the octagon to fight over. Actually, I wonder why Brazilians didnt come up with that in the first place. But maybe they have and I just havent heard of it yet.
There have already been some modern versions of the beautiful game with a little spice that have emerged elsewhere for the ADD and easily bored. There is Ultimate Tazer Ball, where you play indoor soccer with a biiiiig ball, and, wait for it, yes, you guessed it, each player has a tazer.