ROME — The lines are long, the tailgating stinks and the atmosphere is deader than a door nail. But Jim Harbaugh made himself right at home in Emperor Vespasian’s Big House anyway.
“Do you want to be a gladiator?” Harbaugh asked his young son Jack as they walked Monday afternoon through the remains of one of the greatest marvels of world architecture, the Colosseum, to start the second half to Day 2 of their feriatum Romanorum — Roman holiday.
Land of 10 shadowed the Michigan Wolverines football coach and his tour group as they completed their run of the old amphitheater, which reportedly seated as many as 80,000 in its heyday:
Harbaugh was in awe of the construction and strength of the façade, which dates back to 72 A.D. Although not so much the size — Harbaugh’s own personal amphitheater, Michigan Stadium, sports a capacity of 107,601.
Stick that one in your harp, Emperor Titus.