At one end of the state, in the Miami-Dade Commission, they were going through plans Wednesday to publicly finance the Dolphins stadium so fast that one commissioner, Juan Zapata, finally asked, "I haven't had time to digest this."

At the other end of the state, in two Tallahassee committees, another plan was being debated that you should back no matter where they stand on public welfare for sports teams: That it should go to a public vote. Let the people decide, for once.

The Dolphins are moving on this stadium issue at a pace more strategically manic than Dan Marino whisking the ball down the field in his prime. The idea is to make next month's deadline for the 50th Super Bowl vote, for some reason, as if the 52nd one wouldn't work just fine.

The idea is one sports fans can understand, though. It's momentum against the clock. And the opponent? Santa Clara, Calif, which wants the Super Bowl, too, the Dolphins have declared.

This is a good misdirection play.

When the Dolphins began beating the public coffers, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell framed the conversation by recalling how Super Bowl fans were drenched by a Biblical thunderstorm here in 2007.

"We can't have that again," Goodell said during a Sun Life Stadium visit. "Steps will have to be taken to improve the stadium if the [Super Bowl] is back here."

Last week, Goodell was selling Denver as a potential Super Bowl site and dismissed the thought of a snowstorm in February, saying, "The game of football is to be played in the elements.

"There are people who like to see the Super Bowl played in absolutely pristine conditions where everything is the same and there's no weather elements at all," he said. "I just don't think that's football."

This is all you need to know about an expensive canopy, the centerpiece of the Dolphins' stadium renovation plans, being necessary to bring a Super Bowl back to South Florida.