For people who aren't fans of football and aren't entertained by the onslaught of high-budget commercials during the Super Bowl, there aren't many options on TV Super Bowl Sunday. Few channels want to put great programming up against one of the year's most watched live television events.
But like money in the banana stand, the Puppy Bowl is always there for you to fall back on. Now in its 13th year, the Puppy Bowl pits two teams of adorable, adoptable puppies against each other in an event that's barely an event and has basically nothing to do with football. It's just live televised puppies running around in circles, warming your heart until you give some serious consideration to adopting a dog.
While there's still a couple weeks before the Super Bowl, Animal Planet wants to whet your appetite with a look at the Puppy Bowl's starting lineup. Here's a look at some of the compupiters.
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Name: Wilma Rescue: New Life Animal Rescue in New Jersey
Name: Slippers Rescue: Help Save Pets in Illinois
Name: Nyquist Rescue: Bonnie's Animal Rescue Kingdom in New Jersey
Name: Oliver Rescue: Florida Little Dog Rescue in Florida
Name: Rory Rescue: Florida Little Dog Rescue in Florida
Animal Planet's puppy-palooza starts at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 5 with the Puppy Bowl Pre-Game Show. The main event starts at 3 p.m. ET and will run on repeat for 10 hours just to make sure you don't miss any of that sweet puppy action.
All told, 78 adoptable puppies will play, taken from 34 different animal shelters around the United States. As usual, there will be a "Kitty Half-Time Show" as well, because every needs a break from the ruff stuff.
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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record but has never met the fingernail lady. He’s written for Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, The Rumpus, and other digital wonderlands. Follow him @dlukenelson.