Puppy Bowl contestant not pictured
Animal Planet, presumably hellbent on world domination, is combining two of the best things in the world.
No, they aren't delivering a breakfast burrito to your doorstep while you sit and enjoy a Tony Romo game in December alongside your Cowboys fan friend—something I thoroughly recommend.
Instead, the network is combining the furry frivolity of puppies with fantasy football for Puppy Bowl X, which means everything after Feb. 2 will seem far less interesting.
Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd (h/t Deadspin) reports the network dedicated to all things animals is bringing back their contingent of puppies that frolic at the same time the actual Super Bowl is being played.
Only this time, they are making things more interactive:
Fantasy Puppy League: Later this month at AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl, the network will launch a fantasy draft, where fans can see profiles of all 66 players and create their team of competitors before the big game. On game day, you can keep track of how your players perform via stats on the screen (so in theory you could place a wager on Cici the German Shepard mix rather than, say, the Patriots).
MVP interactive online voting: On game day you can vote for the top pups
And here is a link to an Entertainment Weekly slideshow of the contestants. My money is on Suri, who "Thinks they should cut Miley Cyrus some slack." It's that kind of outside-the-box thinking that will make this dog shine.
Now if you have never seen a Puppy Bowl, we are sorry. Really, the only thing that will erase the void in your heart is a warm embrace from a beloved and trusted friend.
Or you can watch these past videos.
Now of course, there is no way of actually keeping legitimate fantasy record of puppies playing—we don't think. However, having watched roughly two million trick-shot videos on this here Internet machine, I can say with a certain amount of confidence that I will at least form a Puppy Bowl squad for the giggles. (Yes, I'm that starved for entertainment.)
As Hibberd states, you can watch the latest incarnation of puppies playing during halftime, when Bruno Mars takes the stage at MetLife Stadium.
Sure, you should feel silly for watching more than a few minutes, but then you realize 2013's show pulled a whopping 12.4 million viewers.
People love their puppies.
If that doesn't grab you—and really why the hell not?—the Keyboard Cat (not the real one because it died "decades" ago) and penguin cheerleaders will cameo.
Call it lame. Call it a whole lot of nonsense. Still, many of you watched the Redskins play this year. I would take puppies any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
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