Team Ruff, led by the aptly named Star, steamrolled its way to a Puppy Bowl XII title Sunday, knocking off Team Fluff, 70-44.
Star was unstoppable in the contest, scoring three touchdowns and adding a takeaway in the game's most impressive performance. Unsurprisingly, it was Star who was named the game's MVP, per Animal Planet.
Congrats to Star for winning #PuppyBowl MVP! Keep voting for the next airing's MVP! >> https://t.co/T6FKjj4cIm https://t.co/nJP1sEvkyx2016-2-7 22:04:13
Star likely wrapped up the award with this jaw-dropping double touchdown:
Instant Replay: Star lives up to her name with an epic #DoubleTouchdown! #PuppyBowl https://t.co/NhMBi5uKQD2016-2-7 20:58:13
Team Ruff came out of the kennel with a bang, however, as Darby scored two early touchdowns to get his team started off on the right paw:
Instant Replay: Darby scores two touchdowns to put #TeamRuff in the lead! #PuppyBowl https://t.co/nGQQzqgt8s2016-2-7 20:12:38
And it relied on plenty of teamwork too:
Instant Replay: Teamwork pays off for #TeamRuff! #JointTouchdown #PuppyBowl https://t.co/MOT62ZDAaR2016-2-7 22:54:47
Leah cooled off the opposition with a score of her own, however:
Instant Replay: Leah refuses to let a bit of water stop her! #SoggyTouchdown https://t.co/TnVx36UI8p2016-2-7 21:38:32
Speaking of water, at one point, assistant referee Stanley the Skunk—yes, you read that correctly—chased away a group of thirsty dogs looking to take a quick timeout:
Instant Replay: Stanley the Skunk is hogging the water bowl! #PuppyBowl https://t.co/EDQxLppEw82016-2-7 20:40:41
There are no breaks at the puppy bowl, as InsideHoops.com noted:
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This lazy #PuppyBowl athlete is showing complete disrespect towards the game and the fans: https://t.co/41koh6yXRA2016-2-7 21:03:15
Just don't tell that to this pup, who Vulture caught taking a breather on Instagram:
Or this pair, who surely was about to spring into action at any moment:
It was a fun and furry display full of touchdowns and absurdity and, yes, chicken cheerleaders.
Seriously, there were chicken cheerleaders.
But it was also a serious competition and one that deserved professional scrutiny. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports made sure to ask the tough questions:
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Do they throw from the pocket in the puppy bowl?2016-2-7 21:34:54
Most importantly, however, the Puppy Bowl supports a good cause. All of the dogs shown in the game are made available for adoption, per Jessica Contrera of the Washington Post, and the game has helped raise awareness for homeless dogs and dogs without permanent homes residing in shelters.
In other words, the Puppy Bowl is much more than a funny and cute exhibition for those folks far less interested in the day's main event, Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. It's the opportunity to promote a good cause in the most entertaining way possible, and it has helped to launch similar events all over the country.
In that regard, everybody wins.