2014 Puppy Bowl Preview: What to Look For, Potential MVPs

A lot of people around the world will be tuning in to the Super Bowl this Sunday, but dog lovers like myself will be tuning in to Animal Planet to witness the 2014 Puppy Bowl.

Every year the Puppy Bowl becomes more popular. A total of 12.4 million viewers watched the Puppy Bowl over six different airings in 2013, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see record numbers this year because it’s the 10th anniversary.

If you’re new to the greatest sporting event in American or are looking for the scoop on the newest additions to the Puppy Bowl, you’ve come to the right place.

Puppy Bowl Basic Info

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Three Things to Look Forward To 

1. Penguins 

This year’s cheerleaders are none other than penguins, the world’s  favorite flightless bird.

Last year’s cheerleaders, the hedgehogs, didn’t bring much enthusiasm to the game, so it’ll be interesting  if the birds from Antarctica can offer some encouragement. Penguins are known for their compassion and liveliness – which is remarkable given they live on a huge patch of ice near the South Pole – so they should put on a great performance as the Puppy Bowl’s cheerleaders.

2. Keyboard Cat

For halftime entertainment we have a cat playing a Bruno Mars song on keyboard. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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This is the part of the Puppy Bowl I am most excited for. That cat rocks a great fedora, and if that’s any sign of talent (to hipsters it is) we’re in for a treat this Puppy Bowl halftime.

3. Color Commentary from Lil Bub 

Lil Bub became an internet superstar after she was discovered to have a genetic mutation that keeps her tongue permanently  outside her mouth.

I don’t know how that is going to affect her commentary skills (you’d think it would be difficult to call a game with your tongue constantly out) but Lil Bub has seemingly overcome this obstacle.

Three Potential Puppy Bowl MVPs

1. Artemis

Artemis is a Lab and Sato mix who “goes nuts for cat videos.” That fact alone may give her the advantage in this year’s game because any quick glance at Lil Bub or the halftime keyboard cat could give her the energy to take over the score sheet.

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2. Benton 

Benton wants to one day become a guide dog. That tells me he’s a big helper and will probably be a solid asset on his team.

He may not be the most flashy or even score the most touchdowns, but teams are successful through chemistry and teamwork. Benton has all the training to be that role player for his team. Watch for him to have a solid afternoon.

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3. Laney 

Every team needs the brain of the game. Laney is just that.

Her goal in life is to be one of the participants to visit Mars, which tells me she’s smart an also a dreamer. Her team is going to need both her imagination and smarts to win.

Watch out for Laney’s call-playing. You may be in for some surprises.

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About Tyler Juranovich

Tyler Juranovich is an Indiana native, a Ball State student, and a senior writer for MSF, where he's been writing about Chicago sports since 2009. His favorite teams are the Chicago Blackhawks and Bears. He's also a lover of reading, music, and movies. Follow him on Twitter (@tylerjuranovich) or email him at tyler.juranovich@gmail.com

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