Did you have a rough year in your fantasy football league? Well fear not, because puppies are to the rescue.
Animal Planet is spicing up its popular Puppy Bowl with special guests and new twists this year, including a first-ever fantasy draft and MVP interactive voting.
The 10th anniversary of Animal Planet's Super bowl counter-programming, known as 'Puppy Bowl X,' will air Feb. 2, Super Bowl Sunday, at 3 p.m. The two-hour program will then repeat five times as it once again competes with the Super Bowl for viewers that want a little cuteness with their football.
In 2013, Puppy Bowl IX averaged 12.4 million viewers.
This year's Puppy Bowl will increase fan interaction and participation. Animal Planet will launch a Fantasy Puppy League, including a fantasy draft, later this month. Fans will be able to create their team of competitors before the game and track stats of players after kick (or paw) off.
Fans will also be able to vote for their favorite pup for the MVP award, along with the ability to send in Puppy Bowl party photos via Instagram. The photos might even appear on TV in real time.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the 10th anniversary of the program will also feature a halftime performance by Keyboard Cat, a YouTube star. The original Keyboard Cat meme was inspired by Charles Schmidt's footage from the mid-1980s and was popularized in 2007 by entrepreneur Brad O'Farrell.
The Keyboard Cat video has been viewed millions of times. While the original cat, "Fatso," passed away decades ago, a new incarnation will play Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" during the popular Kitty Halftime Show. Mars is this year's halftime act at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Lil Bub, a "perma-kitten" dwarf that has also become an Internet sensation, will be putting his cuteness on display, checking in throughout the game from her Chicago studio.
The Puppy Bowl has featured chicken and bunny cheerleaders in the past, but this year penguins will line the sidelines, cheering the pups on to victory. Hedgehog referees are expected to return.
Can't wait for this year's Puppy Bowl? To get you ready for the 10th anniversary of one of the most adorable events in television history, above is a gallery of the starting lineup for 'Puppy Bowl X.'
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