Here we are, headed into Puppy Bowl IX, the grand daddy of them all for puppy dogs.
This year, a number of hungry puppy dogs will challenge Puppy Dog Hall of Famers for the Most Valuable Puppy award, but it won't be easy.
Not only is the competition fierce (don't let their puppy dog eyes fool you), there will also be a litany of distractions, ranging from a puppy hot tub to a blimp full of hamsters, according to the Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle.
Of course, those hedgehog referees seem to always stir up controversy.
So, without further ado, here's a look at six notable puppy dog challengers this year. The Puppy Bowl airs on Animal Planet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in all time zones on Super Bowl Sunday and will keep repeating until 3 a.m. on Monday.
A Siberian Husky discovered in Kansas City, Aurora isn't your average puppy dog.
According to Animal Planet, Aurora's signature move sends chills down opposing linemen's spines. It's called the "grab a random toy and just flat out run" move.
In that sense, you could call Aurora a live wire—difficult to predict, but explosive. It can be a devastating combination for opposing players. Just when you think you've discovered Aurora's tendencies, she's gone in a flash, high-tailing it down the sideline and showboating along the way.
It's hard to describe Biscuit's signature moves of "egg and cheese" and "jam and jelly," but all defenders know is that it happens in a flash, and then the talented youngster is gone. I guess you could say defenders get all mixed up when they try to tackle Biscuit.
Once labeled an underdog, Biscuit is no longer. He instantly became a star when he scored four touchdowns in one game in the Puppy Bowl, and his tenacity out on the field is hard to match.
Biscuit has the ability to win Most Valuable Puppy by a landslide this year, but, then again, the opposing players know that and will be focusing on the electric puppy dog.
Chestnut is talented enough to challenge Biscuit for the MVP, but he's the prototypical egotistical star.
The Alabama native was paraded around by fans and the media alike throughout college, and it's safe to say the attention got to his head. He's an extremely popular player amongst the new-age crowd, but traditionalists scorn the way he plays the game.
Chestnut has been known to take plays off, but when he's committed, he's extremely dangerous. He's not much of a team player, but he can single-handedly change the game on one play. He lets his teammates know that, too.
A Beverly Hills native, Elias is no stranger to the spotlight.
The pitbull was actually discovered by scouts when acting in a sports TV movie. His natural talent overwhelmed onlookers, and it was obvious he was destined for the Puppy Bowl.
But you won't see Elias lounging around like Chestnut, content with the publicity. He's one of the hardest-working puppy dogs in the world, doing two-a-day workouts since he was two years old, according to Animal Planet.
Elias is a dominant pass-rusher with the motor of J.J. Watt. Don't be surprised if he takes over the big game. He has the right combination of talent and drive to come away with the MVP.
Marta may be small in stature, but she packs a mean bite and is widely regarded as one of the strongest and toughest players in the league.
She started out in Omaha in the now-defunct Canine Football League, but pro scouts knew she had what it took to play with the big dogs in the Puppy Bowl and brought her into the fold.
Marta has all the attributes of a tenacious, ball-hawking safety. She's not just content with an interception or a forced fumble; she wants to take it to the house.
Watch out for this puppy dog. She can sneak up on you.
While Sally has the best paws in the game, her impact goes far beyond her receiving abilities.
The Dachshund-Basset Hound mix has the ability to lull defenders to sleep with her effortless maneuvering around the field, and opposing defenses tend to be entranced by her. That, of course, opens the field up for other puppy dogs.
Sally does have character concerns, though. She recently stole a pair of slippers after already receiving a warning and was suspended.
Sally probably won't win the MVP, but she could be just as important in the grand scheme of things for the dog that does.
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