File this one under I, for “I’m certain it’s all just a remarkably timed coincidence.”
On the very same day a local Miami politician said the Dolphins’ stadium needs upgrades, but he doesn’t know how to pay for them, the Dolphins’ stadium began to comically malfunction in the middle of the game.
The third quarter of yesterday’s win over the Seahawks included a Crash Davis-style rain delay, when the sprinklers came on in the middle of the game.
“What are we doing now?” Dolphins owner Steve Ross said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He then laughed and added: “Hey, these things happen.”
A team spokesman called it a computer glitch, saying the sprinklers were still set on their Saturday schedule.
“In all my years of football that’s a first,” Dolphins running back Reggie Bush said. “I’ve never seen anything happen like that during a football game.”
While the accidental watering was more comic relief than actual sign of decay, the Dolphins are trying to figure out how best to update their 25-year-old home, now known as Sun Life Stadium.
Add to this, Miami-Dade commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who also chairs of the county’s sports commission, said the place “absolutely” needs a canopy as part of those renovations if they want to land future Super Bowls.
Diaz told the Miami Herald the Dolphins had not yet asked the county for public funding (which is probably a good idea at the moment since the natives are restless about the Marlins’ bait-and-switch).
Asked if he supported public financing, Diaz said: “We have to look at all the variables involved. What would the citizens get for this? That’s a question a lot of people, including myself, have put up.”
“It makes a big difference economically,” Diaz said of being in the Super Bowl mix. “The problem is, how do you express that to the people out there that are still trying to get a job, still trying to get their life together?”
Maybe you could start by soaking them, if Jeffrey Loria hadn’t already done that.