What to Expect from Today’s Puppy Bowl VIII

Even if you’re not a football fan, there are reasons to get excited for Super Bowl Sunday. Wings, booze, Madonna, commercials in which Matthew Broderick tries to recapture his faded youth, and most importantly, the Puppy Bowl.  Last year, some 9.2 million people turned in to view the cuddly event. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from today’s big game.

Fifty-nine players were chosen from shelters and rescue groups all across the country.  For those worried about their treatment, they’re well taken care of. A rep from the Humane Society was on hand during filming back in October to make sure the  pups only played for 20 minutes at a time and there was a vet present.

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an element of danger like all sporting activities. The biggest challenge, according to Ref Dan Schachner is “not stepping on a puppy. I’ve gotten some tails and feet and then I feel really bad later and don’t want to penalize the ones I’ve stepped on. It’s quite controversial."

The Piggy Pep Squad, made up of Bubbles, Hank, Othello, Khalessa, and Beulah, will be acting as cheerleaders for the teams with the goal to, can you guess, “ham it up.”  Kittens will provide the halftime show. 

The rules are pretty loose with most penalties being called on "fouling of the field" or "premature watering of the lawn."  According to EW, Puppy Bowlers went  through 1,500 square feet of paper towels, 364 feet of cleaning wipes, and 272 liters of water.

All of the four-legged players in the game are up for adoption. Being filmed a few months back, most have already been adopted.

The game is on Animal Planet today at 3pm and you can follow all the necessary ‘ruff’ness on Twitter with cockatiel @MeepTheBird. Yes, they added another animal because this was not adorable enough. Cute overload. 

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