The year’s biggest sporting event is almost here—and we’re not talking football. The real treat on Super Bowl Sunday is the Puppy Bowl. Airing at 3 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet, the 12th annual event features 84 puppies who are ready to be adopted from 44 rescue organizations around the country. And so far, this year’s game is gearing up to be better than ever.
One of Instagram’s most famous pups, Doug the Pug, has already stopped by Animal Planet’s offices to make his top picks for his Puppy Bowl XII fantasy draft. Then on Wednesday, Uber launched a one-day-only on-demand puppy delivery service, bringing adoptable fur babies to businesses around select cities for 15-minute “cuddle puddles” in the hopes of finding them forever homes while getting us even more pumped for the canine kickoff.
After scoping out the starting lineup and backup players on animalplanet.com, this year’s teams (#TeamRuff and #TeamFluff) already appear to be giving off some major squad goals. While a few contenders—who are all between 12 and 20 weeks old—look a bit unsure about their impending stadium debut, others look more than ready to get out there, chase some chew toys, and lick the puppy cam. (Just check out #34 in the lineup, Rugby: our money is on the 19-week-old terrier to serve up some seriously sporty skills since he couldn’t even stop playing with a toy on-camera during his photo shoot.)
Whether you create your own fantasy draft online or simply watch for fun, this is your one-stop-shop for all things puppy on Sunday. Cam Newton hasn't got anything on these cute mugs.
Plus, when the pups take a break, you can get your feline fix. The Kitty Half-Time Show gives Coldplay and Beyonce’s Superbowl performance a run for its money, featuring a San Franscisco-inspired cat takeover of the field. You’ll also be treated to “Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame” honors throughout the two-hour program, introducing legacy players from the past while promoting the adoption of older animals. Former MVPs, if you will.
The best part is, you don’t even have to worry about setting your DVR. The Puppy Bowl will be airing on repeat until 3 a.m. ET/PT, so you can make sure you don’t miss a single tackle or field goal. And if you’re too excited to wait until Sunday, you can get close to the action in advance—much closer, actually. Before the pre-taped special airs, you can get a dog’s eye view of this bowl game and feel like you’re right on the field by watching puppy practice scrimmages through Animal Planet’s virtual reality experience. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy some furball football.