For the final 14 years, Animal Planet has supplied non-football followers a cute, furry different to the Tremendous Bowl: the Pet Bowl.
The countdown to #PuppyBowl XIV has begun! Head to our Instagram to fulfill this yr’s beginning line up! https://t.co/thm5eJGH1k pic.twitter.com/W481gOxiPZ— DiscoveryComm (@DiscoveryComm) January 10, 2018
Two groups of adopted puppies (Staff Ruff and Staff Fluff) try and play a sport of soccer in a mannequin stadium whereas the motion is commentated on with a broadcast crew and sideline “repawter,” and officiated by a “rufferee.”
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This yr, the puppies have been rescued from areas hit by pure disasters in 2017, reminiscent of Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida. About 48 completely different animal shelters and rescue organizations from 25 U.S. states and territories have been used to recruit the two groups.
Right here is the whole lot you might want to know to look at the cuddliest present on turf.
When is Pet Bowl 2018?
The Pet Bowl will happen the identical day because the Tremendous Bowl, Feb. four, beginning at three p.m. ET on Animal Planet. Because the Patriots put together for the Eagles, the Pet Bowl will function the “Pup-triots” and the “B-eagles.”
If viewers cannot wait till three p.m. for puppy-related programming, Animal Planet may have Pet Bowl pregame exhibits beginning as early as eight a.m. with an hour-long present of a panel of specialists explaining what makes puppies so irresistible. Canine-lovers may also rewatch the sport at 6 p.m., when the Tremendous Bowl is on, however good luck altering the channel if there are different people round.
Pet Bowl 2018: New options and extras
Whereas any Pet Bowl might sound like a dream come true for dog-lovers, the draw back for a lot of viewers is that they can not get shut and work together with the lovely canines themselves. Nonetheless, Animal Planet has determined to attempt to change that this time round.
The occasion is diving into the world of digital actuality in 2018. Viewers with entry to the Discovery VR iOS and Android apps, Samsung VR, and the Animal Planet YouTube channel, will be capable of see the sport via the puppies’ perspective, and in addition get an opportunity to see Pet Bowl Coaching Camp in 360-video.
If for some purpose the prospect of grownup canine is extra interesting than puppies, Animal Planet has you coated. For the primary time ever, a one-hour particular airing Feb. three (eight p.m. ET) referred to as the Canine Bowl will flip the highlight on older canines in want of properties.
The Animal Planet Twitter account has been selling the Pet Bowl all NFL season with “prediction” movies the place puppies select a winner based mostly on which labeled bowl of meals is completed first.
Staff Jacksonville or staff New England? Our #PuppyBowl pups predict the winner of this massive sport! #JAXvsNE pic.twitter.com/BGk3qnKmx3— AnimalPlanet (@AnimalPlanet) January 19, 2018
The puppies aren’t specialists, however they’re definitely making an attempt their greatest. Animal Planet’s different social media accounts have been posting content material applicable for the large furry face-off.
Is there a nationwide anthem?
Kinda. This yr, Jokgu, a piano-playing rooster, will likely be accountable for enjoying the “Star-Spangled Banner” earlier than the sport kicks off.
Jokgu will likely be joined by different non-dogs together with child barnyard animal cheerleaders and a rescue sloth referee.