Puppy Penalty: An Excess of Adorable

My Super Bowl pick from yesterday: Anyone but Peyton Manning could win.

I’m sure he’s a very nice man, but I don’t like him. At all. My dislike of him is rabid in a way I normally reserve for the Yankees. That commercial where he dons a wig and refers to himself in third person as “6’1″, laser, rocket arm”… *gags*

So, on a year where Peyton was playing and my own dearest Tom wasn’t, I was okay with anyone but Indy winning. *

On years like this one – years where my own red, white, and blue boys aren’t on the field, I tend to sulk and pout. My interest in the pigskin championship wanes to the commercials between the plays and finding ways to get annoyed at the announcers.

Enter THE PUPPY BOWL.

To the Animal Planet employee who decided America would be interested in watching hours of puppies frolicking in a green pen with football shaped toys, I salute you.

I watched the whole thing yesterday. Twice. Apparently it isn’t possible to overdose on adorable.

The Puppy Bowl is also an excellent place to find additions for your List-Of-Future-Dog-Names. What do you mean you don’t have a List-Of-Future-Dog-Names? Start one right now. Add Garbanzo, Tater Tot, and Yums.

I want a puppy with each of these names. Actually, I want those puppies! This is the dangerous part of Puppy Bowl. By the time the half-time kittens come on, I’m convinced I need to adopt the entire starting line-up.

Who can really resist a face like these?

Well, besides curmudgeon-y St. Matt who says “Two puggles is more than enough.”

Come on! The non-Peyton team won. Doesn’t that mean I deserve a victory-pup?

All photos are courtesy of Animal Planet’s website, and, if you missed it or need a puppy fix, here are some highlights of the “game”: http://animal.discovery.com/videos/puppy-bowl-vi/

*See, I’m showing restraint by not mentioning my compounded dislike of Indy because of Adam Vinitari. I also didn’t mention the Oreo commercials.

13 comments


  • Anonymous

    I just feel bad for the ref…..
    Having to say things like “ruff, ruff, roughing the puppy”

    Maybe it’s just animal planet’s way of hazing the intern?

    February 8, 2010
  • Referee Andrew makes me *giggle*… in a slightly creeped-out type of way.

    But, I don’t think he’s an intern — unless he’s on the six year intern plan. I’m pretty sure he’s been the ref all six years.

    http://animal.discovery.com/videos/puppy-bowl-ref-moments/

    I liken him to the men on Blues Clues — it takes a special kind of talent to do his job.

    February 8, 2010
  • Puppy Bowl!!!

    I must admit, though, that I found the hamster-run blimp cam to be a bit much :p

    February 9, 2010
  • YES! Puppy Bowl and non-Peyton win! If it weren’t for The Who hitting the, um, more interesting notes during the halftime show, it would’ve perfect. ;)

    February 9, 2010
  • V – I found the bunny cheerleaders a bit lame too. Just give me two hours of puppies and I’m a happy girl :)

    February 9, 2010
  • Linda – I muted it after “Pinball Wizard” and put on my own music — it was much more amusing to pretend The Who was signing Taylor Swift and the Glee Soundtrack.

    February 9, 2010
  • Well, being from Louisiana I am super excited that the non-Manning team won ;)

    I haven’t had a chance to watch the Puppy Bowl yet. This was the first year I actually wanted to watch the game. Who Dat!

    February 9, 2010
  • Andrea – Good job being a non-Peyton fan! And CONGRATS on your team winning! *throws confetti*

    If you really want to see the Puppy Bowl, you can buy it on DVD on the Animal Planet website.

    *wonders if I should be embarrassed by my level of Puppy Bowl expertise OR if I should try to be hired as an official Puppy Bowl spokesperson…*

    February 9, 2010
  • I wonder if the Puppy Bowl puppies are up for adoption after the game? What could be a better WIN than a new home? Like…yours? :D

    But srsly, I had NO idea there was a kitten half-time show! Must tune in next year! ME-OW! ;)

    February 9, 2010
  • I TOTALLY agree with you about Peyton Manning. In fact, all Mannings. There was that whole Eli-disses-San-Diego thing it’s hard to get over…

    AND the Yankee-hate too! Knew I liked you. :)

    *blows kisses* *skips Puppy Bowl, but that’s okay*

    February 9, 2010
  • Emily – They’re all shelter dogs… believe me, I would adopt them ALL if St.Matt would allow it. *sniffle*

    Susan – SKIPS the Puppy Bowl? It’s a good thing I know how awesome you are… AND a good thing you’re a non-Manning / non-Yankees fan.

    Skips the Puppy Bowl? Really? *shakes befuddled head*

    February 9, 2010
  • NOOO I just wrote a long, cute comment and it disappeared! Boo blogspot! :(

    To summarize:
    1. Andrew & I have giggled at the puppy bowl since it started years ago!
    2. Our fave part is kitty halftime show! If we had a bigger house I think we would have gotten another kitty as a result of the cuteness.
    3. We *cough* STRONGLY DISLIKE Peyton Manning too! So it wasn’t so much rooting FOR the Saints as it was rooting AGAINST Manning.

    ;)

    February 10, 2010
  • Tiff –
    1) us too. Let’s do it collectively next year.
    2) Meh. We’re not cat people, so this shouldn’t surprise you. I felt like the kittens were scared of the confetti and felt BAD.
    3) *kindred spirit dance of glee*

    February 10, 2010

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