It’s Super Bowl Sunday, which means large men from Baltimore will brawl with large men from San Francisco in
the greatest place in the world New Orleans’ Superdome. Many of us will be watching for the commercials. Some will tune in to watch Beyoncé rock the halftime show, and others still will go out of their way not to watch in a show of apathy toward professional sports. A few will even watch for the game. I for one will be in denial, in full Saints regalia, doing a shot for every Hurricane Katrina reference and wishing I was at Mardi Gras.
There’s a lot of buzz this year about San Francisco’s wunderkind quarterback, Colin Kaepernick; Baltimore’s Ray Lewis, who’s so good at linebacking that he literally gets away with murder; and the fact that the head coaches of the competing teams are brothers (sup #HarBowl). But if you think that’s crazy, get this: There are eight sets of siblings in this year’s Puppy Bowl. If you couldn’t care less about football, or if you just really like dogs, this is the show for you. Today for Puppy Bowl IX, Animal Planet will be bringing together hoards of adorable rescue puppies to play on a mock football field complete with canned audience sounds, “referees,” and kittens performing at halftime. New this year is a team of hedgehog cheerleaders. REAL HEDGEHOGS!
In case it isn’t already clear to you, this is literally the best idea ever. Tune in at 3 p.m. to watch these 27 pups change the meaning of flea flicker. You can meet the full roster here, but we’ve included a few of our favorites after the jump.
This is Koda, a 4-month-old Catahoula-Boston Terrier mix. He is “expert at riding the subway” and was voted the cutest puppy by Howl’s Kitchen in Manhattan.
Here’s Sally, a 12-week-old Dachshund-Basset Hound mix (look at those ears!!!!!!!). She loves to steal slippers.
Meet Winston, a 9-week-old miniature Pinscher. His fun fact is that he’s “the cutest of the litter and one of the hungriest.” We’ll be the judge of that, since three of his siblings will be in the game with him.