As hard as it is to believe, there are some who won't watch Super Bowl XLVII. For many of these, Animal Planet's super-cute "Puppy Bowl" is the alternative, and for those who can't wait any longer, the network posted a live video feed preview on Saturday.
This year, while the Super Bowl reaches 47 (XLVII), "Puppy Bowl" reaches nine (IX). As the official referee of "Puppy Bowl IX," Dan Schachner recently explained some of the personal fouls he must watch out for.
For example, Schachner must watch for “illegal wetting of the field” or “preliminary fertilization of the grass.”
Animal Planet isn't blind to the quirks of Super Bowl XLVII, which pits brothers Jim (San Francisco 49ers) and John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens) against each other in what some have dubbed the "HarBowl." As part of "Puppy Bowl IX," a pair of brothers from a shepherd-pit bull litter will compete against each other for the ultimate cuteness prize.
"Puppy Bowl" is shown each year on Super Bowl Sunday, and consists of footage of a group of puppies at play inside a model stadium, with included announcer commentary -- simulating football calls -- on their play.
The first "Puppy Bowl" show was aired on Feb. 6, 2005. The puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters, and part of the show's purpose is fostering pet adoption.
Due to embedding limitations, the live stream is available here.