The city that brought Western Europe back into the light is also responsible for this. This is “calcio storico” or “calcio fiorentino,” a Florentine version of football dating back to the 1500s. Teams, purportedly, are supposed to throw a ball into goals at opposing ends of the dirt field. Watching the sport itself, it looks like two loosely organized groups of dudes in silly pants having at each other. Rumors NBC just picked up the rights for NBC Sports Network are unconfirmed.