From left,: Aaron Pawdgers plays for the Northpole Panthers and Barney plays for the Hallmark Channel Hearties. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)
Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, and I know many people will be watching the Super Bowl with friends. Not being a sports fan, I don’t watch the big game. But there are other options for people like me: Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl.
Puppy Bowl is in its 11th year, and I have watched it a few times — very cute! Kitten Bowl aired for the first time last year, and I missed it, but I’m hoping to catch it this Sunday. The good news is, Kitten Bowl starts at noon on Hallmark Channel and Puppy Bowl starts at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet, so it’s possible to watch both.
Joe Fluffo plays for the
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Mountain Lions team. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)
Hallmark Channel’s “Kitten Bowl II” will air at noon Eastern and Pacific time, 11 a.m. Central time. on Sunday, Feb. 1. Kitten Bowl trended No. 1 on social media last year. The show is presented in association with North Shore Animal League and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation.
Hosted by Beth Stern, TV personality and national spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America, “Kitten Bowl II” brings a star-studded lineup that includes legendary New York Yankees radio voice John Sterling and award-winning reporter, sports analyst and commentator Mary Carillo as “Kitten Bowl’s” official play-by-play announcer. Special guest appearances will include newly appointed FFL (Feline Football League) commissioner Boomer Esiason, Kevin Nealon, Regis Philbin, Mario Lopez, Maria Menounos, Kat Dennings, Bob Harper, Fiona Gubelmann, Tricia Helfer, Heather McDonald, Deidre Hall, Jenn Brown and Camren Bicondova.
Want to see more of the catletes? Get highlights of the Feline Football League games at Cat Center, hosted by John Sterling and Mary Carillo, at www.hallmarkchannel.com/kitten-bowl.
Puppy Bowl XI will air at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, on Animal Planet. A lovable starting lineup will play in a combination of terrier tackles, touchdowns, puppy penalties, fumbles and Fido first downs.
For the first time in Puppy Bowl history, the pups will be battling it out on teams: Team Ruff and Team Fluff. And you can get in on the fun by drafting pups in the Fantasy Game and watching their points tally up during the game to see if you can get on the leader board.
The Bissell Kitten Halftime Show is back for another year, and sideline reporter “Meep the Bird” will return to tweet live updates throughout the game. Follow @MeepTheBird on game day for the latest news, puppy penalties and behind-the-scenes moments from inside the stadium.
View pre-game videos, get more information and draft your Puppy Bowl Fantasy Game team at www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl.
And Barkpost.com offers several “tail-gating” recipes for your dog’s Puppy Bowl party at barkpost.com/puppy-bowl-tailgate-pawty-healthy.