Bulletins from the Super Bowl front:
Comb (small) -- $2.30.
Breakfast (juice and cereal) -- $8.
Parking -- $14 per day.
Quotes (predictable) -- dime a dozen.
Quotes (insightful) -- breakfast multiplied by the national debt.
Also at NFL headquarters, high school placekickers have been sailing footballs toward smallish goal posts at one end of the lobby for most of the week; scalpers have been negotiating at the other. Just the other night . . .
Oh, you dropped by for Sunday's score.
San Francisco, 34-28.
The superior team wins.
Nobody passes better than the Dolphins' Dan Marino; nobody catches better than the tiny Marks brothers, Clayton and Duper, who soar high enough to snatch passes others might not reach with a butterfly net.
Marino gives a touch of sandlot to an allegedly sophisticated sport. All the plays surely have "fly" as part of the terminology. Like kids on the playground, he backpedals, cocks his arm and all but shouts to the deepest safety: "Yo! Here we come."
In his second regular season, Marino threw 15 more touchdown passes than Dan Fouts did in the year of his life. In the same number of games, Marino's 48 scoring passes were 21 more than Roger Staubach in his most productive year and 20 more than Terry Bradshaw in his.
(If you wondered, a couple of rag arms named Unitas and Jurgensen threw 32 and 31 touchdown passes, respectively, in their best seasons. They played in four and two fewer games, respectively, than Marino.)
Most teams need balance on offense to be successful. Dolphin Coach Don Shula certainly thought that when he took a chance on three risky runners this season.
Two of them couldn't pass drug tests and the third, Pete Johnson, cannot carry his load and the ball more than a few times a game.
Miami still has been a dynamo, if only a one-dimensional one; a symphony with 49 tubas and three violins suddenly making heavenly music.
In Stanford Stadium, the Dolphins will discover a little Woody Bennett this time is not nearly enough.
Whether to offer an early alibi or to emphasize the accomplishment should they win, or simply because he feels it important, Shula has taken every opportunity to discuss the Dolphins' transition on offense.
In just two years since losing to the Redskins in the Super Bowl, the Dolphins have eight new starters on offense. But the young players who could prove most vulnerable against the nimble Joe Montana are right cornerback William Judson and three of the four linebackers.
For the second straight game, the 49ers are matched against an often overwhelming 11-man unit; once again, they seem to have the proper counters.
The 49ers moved nearly at will in the NFC championship, against a Chicago Bears defense that had shattered some significant regular-season records and all but buried the Redskins' Joe Theismann the week before.
Coach Bill Walsh was creative when that was necessary against the Bears, and also brutal in claw-to-claw combat.
Marino has averaged three touchdown passes over 18 games. What might be vital to keep that stat from swelling? How about a secondary full of Pro Bowlers?
Presto! Walsh has one on command.
The Niners beat Cincinnati three Super Bowls ago when three of those defensive backs -- Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright and Carlton Williamson -- were rookies.
If that crew, plus six-year veteran Dwight Hicks, cannot harass Duper and Clayton long enough for some very good pass rushers to hurry Marino, nobody can.
It's also truly possible nobody can.
With Marino a rookie and Clayton a nonfactor, the Dolphins beat the 49ers, 20-17, in the 10th regular-season game last year -- in San Francisco. The Niners held Duper to one catch, but Nat Moore caught six balls for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
Neither coach will slink into big-game conservatism. As coach of the Colts in the most memorable Super Bowl, Shula ordered a flea-flicker pass that might well have broken the Jets had quarterback Earl Morrall not choked.
"Took the heavily favored Colts in and screwed it up," said Shula, laughing, but in a way that insists it still isn't funny to him. "Made the Jets famous (and the AFL credible).
"We want to be the team they're talking about (positively) after this game."
To do that, the Dolphins will have to defuse an offense nearly as efficient as theirs, although not nearly so spectacular.
Miami scored 513 points during the regular season; the 49ers averaged just two fewer points per game, mainly because Ray Wersching kicked 25 field goals.
Neither team played an especially difficult schedule, but San Francisco's was the stingiest defense in the entire NFL. Or 71 points better than Miami's.
Walsh has a diversified offense that can scratch its way downfield for points and keep Marino where he is safest -- on the sideline.
The 49ers also make maximum use of their players, with Walsh even more daring than Shula. Or obviously daring, since casual fans cannot fathom most defensive trickery.
The only promise Walsh made this week was that the game would feature something out of the ordinary on offense.
"No question about it," he said.
Since Walsh used a wide receiver at quarterback to run the option once and a guard in the backfield as the lead blocker several times against the Bears, Sunday's scheming ought be a beaut.
Maybe quarterback Montana will slip the ball to tight end Russ Francis, who then will hand it to the center. Who will pass it to a tackle made eligible this one time.
Whatever, it's two worthy teams and two worthy coaches going at one another. Excuse me while I ask how high a second mortgage it takes to get a grilled ham and cheese.