Hudson Valley, NY — If you don’t like Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12, or so, Animal Planet aims to set TV audiences apart with Puppy Bowl XIX. valley.
The puppies are divided into two teams (Team Ruff and Team Fluff) and compete for the so-called “Lombardy Trophy” in a pup version of football played inside a model stadium with color commentary by Animal Planet announcers.
A puppy in return equates to a lifetime contract of love. The Puppy Bowl was created to increase adoption in shelters nationwide. So far, he’s 18-0 when it comes to adoption rates.
The Hudson Valley puppies competing in this adorable showdown are:
- Beacon Arf Beacon Bea
- Po from Ziva’s Second Chance in Chatham
- Chatham’s Ziva Second Chance Walker
- Tom Barky of Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford
These four puppies are one of 122 puppies from 67 shelters and rescues in 34 states. For the first time this year, the Puppy Bowl will feature a Native American dog rescue group and a puppy player from the Dominican West Indies.
The Puppy Bowl pre-game show will begin on Sunday, Super Bowl 57 at 1:00 PM ET, with a “kick-off” one hour later at 2:00 PM. Like NFL players, pups try to score touchdowns. However, Puppy Bowl referees are more forgiving than the NFL. Because an energetic and excited puppy will play whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Nonetheless, if penalties such as ‘pass interference’, ‘unnecessary roughness’ or ‘premature watering of the field’ are called for, they may be benched and exchanged for second-string puppies .
The Puppy Chia Squad is back, as are fan favorites like water bowls, slow motion, and footage shot with end zone pylon cameras.
While Rihanna is headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the Puppy Bowl will have its own Kitty Halftime Show. MVP and “underdog” awards will also be awarded.