Michael Kaminsky, Global Animal

One Sunday every year celebrates a day of gluttony, commercialism, and competition. This Sunday marks the 47th annual Super Bowl. Last year, 111 million people were tuned into the big game. However, at that same moment in time, over 9 million viewers were tuned in to another football game—one slightly less publicized, but a whole lot cuter: The Puppy Bowl.

For those unfamiliar with the Puppy Bowl, the event has become an annual television program on Animal Planet, mimicking the Super Bowl, substituting football players with puppies. The Puppy Bowl consists of a batch of cute and cuddly puppies playing within a mini-football stadium. All of the puppy participants come from shelters. Information on how viewers can adopt the rescued puppies and/or help their local shelters is provided throughout the game.

Just one example of the cute attack you'll suffer upon tuning in to Sunday's Puppy Bowl. Photo credit: Animal Planet

This year’s Puppy Bowl, airing at 3p.m. ET on Animal Planet, will be the 8th to date and anticipates to be the biggest viewership yet. Moments to look forward to within Puppy Bowl VIII will include, as always, puppies tumbling over each other in fight for the ball, the kitten half-time show, a pig pep squad ‘hamming’ it up on the sideline, and new to the event, Meep the Bird, ‘tweeting’ updates throughout the game.

The Puppy Bowl is a must watch, or at least a must-DVR for Super Bowl Sunday. Memorable moments that have occurred over the first seven Puppy Bowls include the initial cute overload of  Puppy Bowl I; Puppy Bowl II’s debut of the Kitty Half Time Show; the evolution of cheerleaders, from bunnies to chickens to pigs; the Chinese Crested streaker that disrupted Puppy Bowl V, and Jackson the Terrier’s recent induction into the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame.

Click here to see Sunday’s starting line-ups and make sure to tune in to Animal Planet this Sunday. If you’re a sports fan, flip over during the commercials. And if you watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, then you’d probably rather be watching the Puppy Bowl anyway.

A past years Puppy Bowl starting line-up. Tune in to see if this year's will be cuter. Photo credit: Animal Planet

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