Joe Philbin The Miami Dolphins may have just lost the Super Bowl.

After a 7-9 season, the idea of the team in south Florida even competing for a spot in the title game would bring a smile to Stephen Ross, the team’s owner, and Joe Philbin, who is entering his second year as head coach of the team.

Unfortunately, this article is not about touchdowns and titles as much as it is about dollars and cents.

The state legislature voted against a referendum to make improvements to Sun Life Stadium which could have brought Super Bowl L to Miami.

According to an article on ProFootballTalk.com, the Miami Herald reported the bill fell short in Tallahassee despite measures by the NFL franchise to secure state funding. On hand to help with the cause was former Dolphins great, Dan Marino. the bill called for $350 million to be used on renovations for the stadium with the hope of landing the NFL’s biggest game.

Even one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game could not help his team earn a major victory.

“And with the defeat, which came without a vote in the state House, the Dolphins chances for a future Super Bowl took a huge hit. They were competing with the new 49ers stadium for the right to host Super Bowl L, but the league’s not going to send the game there without the stadium improvements,” the PFT story stated.

The squashing of the Bill also plays right into the hands of the Houston Texans, who according to the newspaper story, were next in line to compete for Super Bowl LI with the loser of the Miami/San Francisco Super Bowl. Since the 49ers all but have the Super Bowl wrapped up.

A Miami Dade referendum vote scheduled for May 14 was abruptly called off and more than 60,000 ballots cast early and by mail will be thrown out. Most early voting sites slated to open Saturday will be closed.

The Dolphins have been in the news all off season, becoming major players in the free agent mark by signing former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace and former Jets tight end Dustin Keller to its offense. In the 2013 NFL Draft, the team traded up to select the top defensive end prospect, Dion Jordan.

The team had also been in the news this week about the potential idea that former Jets quarterback and Florida Gators great Tim Tebow could land in Miami. Those rumors were quickly squashed as well.