Each year, television networks are hard pressed to air programming that coincides with the Super bowl. Usually there will be reruns of popular shows, or an encore presentation of a well loved movie. One network however, developed an alternative to what some detractors have dubbed the stupor bowl. (In actuality, the Stupor bowl, is a bike race, held in Minneapolis, MN., on super bowl weekend).
In 2005 as a joke, The Animal Planet produced a canine version of the popular football game, in a Maryland studio. They placed puppies in a make shift football field, where they run around and interact with each other. Human narration, and canned cheering, are added during editing. The show was aptly named the puppy bowl. And it is growing by leaps and bounds.
A surprising 5 million viewers tuned in for the 1995 debut, proving there is an audience that is not caught up in all things super Sunday. The canine cuties have consistently gained steam over the years, with 12.4 million viewers in 2013. Close to 132,000 individuals like the puppy bowl Facebook page.
The puppy bowl airs at 3:00 pm. on the Sunday afternoon of the Super bowl. It is 2 hours long and is replayed 3 times consecutively. Ten dogs at a time, are on the playing field, and the 2014 puppy bowl featured a kitten show at half time. The animals are supplied by 20 shelters. 64 out of 66 puppies were adopted during and after the most recent game.
I first saw, and fell in love with the puppy bowl, in 2008. While others are having their super bowl parties, I curl up with my favorite snacks, to watch the canine action. The animals are adorable, and there is no need to worry about unexpected half time surprises.
There will be no wardrobe malfunctions, as happened with Janet Jackson in 2004 during the super bowl. Neither will there be any perceived Illuminati outfits and gestures as with Madonna during Super bowl 2012, and Beyonce in 2013. If there are any malfunctions during the puppy bowl they are obviously scooped up and edited out.
ust in case you missed it, the 2014 puppy bowl can be viewed online. This show is sure to bring out the animal lover in you and warm the coldest heart. And have you saying In the immortal words of Scooby Doo’s cousin, Scrappy Doo, “Da da da da da da Puppy Power”!