Despite being completely overshadowed by the Super Bowl and the marketing machine that is the NFL, there actually is another major sports championship on Sunday: Puppy Bowl X.
The Puppy Bowl is an annual football game played between puppies on a football field built to scale. Unlike the NFL, the Puppy Bowl has no set limit on the number of footballs in play at any given time. Whenever a puppy picks up and delivers a football into either end zone, a puppy touchdown is scored. Whereas the NFL has a concussion problem, the Puppy Bowl only has a pooping problem. Whenever a puppy poops or pees on the field of play, a flag is thrown against the pooping or peeing puppy. Stoppages of play are relatively straightforward. If any one of the water bowls becomes empty, a time out is called. At this stage in Puppy Bowl history, the puppies have seemingly not yet picked up on any advanced strategies regarding the water bowl. Whereas an NFL head coach might call a time out right before a field goal to “ice the kicker,” the puppies have yet to realize the potential in tactically finishing the contents of the water bowl to stop touchdown runs.
Animal Planet will be airing the Puppy Bowl all day throughout Super Bowl Sunday—beginning at 3PM EST. To be frank, if you are a sports fan, Puppy Bowl X is required viewing. And if you’re basically obligated to watch the Puppy Bowl anyways, you might as well do some advanced scouting on the key players to look out for on Sunday. Animal Planet has photographs of the dogs and short bios here, but I can provide you with more than that.
I just returned from a scouting trip at the Puppy Bowl kennels in Manhattan, and below are my notes on each of these elite four-legged athletes.