I enjoy watching the Super Bowl. And not just the commercials, but the game itself.
But I've grown to love the Puppy Bowl. I accidentally saw the first one, and this is now Puppy Bowl X.
If you don't know it, the Puppy Bowl is on Animal Planet which runs during the actual game as counter-programming. (It starts at 3 PM, Los Angeles time.) But if you miss it because no one at your Super Bowl party wants to switch channels, know that you can always record it to watch later -- or they rerun it three times after the initial airing, so it's on Animal Planet much of the day.
Basically, the Puppy Bowl is nothing more than a bunch of puppies running around a tiny, "football stadium" with a bunch of play toys, stuffed football and hidden "water bowl cam" underneath, so you can watch the puppies slurp. There's a play-by-play announcer and even a referee who pops in every once in a while.
Halfway through, they have the Kitty Half-time Show, where they bring out fluffy kittens. It's fun, and a nice twist, though I find the puppies more rambunctious and fun. They keep expanding the Puppy Bowl with little tweaks, and this year they have announced penguin cheerleaders and the Keyboard Kat Halftime Show.
Animal Planet goes all out with the thing. They have the Starting Lineups on the website, a Hall of Fame, even a Fantasy Draft and more. You can find it all here.
It's not for everyone (as you can imagine), but even watching for just a minute is a joy. But me, I get hooked watching and find it an endearing hoot.
Following a brief commercial, here's a video of "highlights" from a previous Puppy Bowl.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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