Your Exclusive Puppy Bowl XI Preview: Live Scoring, Katty Furry & More
By Stacy Lambe
This Sunday, two teams will go head-to-head in one the most highly anticipated games of the year: the 2015 Puppy Bowl.
In its 11th year, Animal Planet is taking the Puppy Bowl to a whole new level by introducing two new teams of furry competitors, Team Ruff and Team Fluff, and live competitive scoring. Ref Dan Schachner returns for his fourth year of officiating and will make sure these pups know which team they are on and guide them to the goal line.
In addition to the 55 puppies on the field, a herd of giggling goats will serve as the two team’s cheerleaders while a pack of hamsters pilot a fleet of biplanes, which will provide new aerial views of the game as well as an airshow.
Not to be outdone, the felines will be represented by Katty Furry, who will take the stage during the all-new halftime show where she’ll perform a Katy Perry classic. And sideline reporter, Meep the Bird, returns to provide Twitter commentary allowing viewers to follow along on social media and interact with hashtag, #PuppyBowl.
But not all the action is taking place on TV. Schachner tells ETonline that fans can have even more fun online. In addition to being able to vote for the Most Valuable Puppy, fans can create a custom Puppy Bowl Fantasy Game and compete against their friends. And if you need to scout the furry competitors, you can check out the live Puppy Cam running all weekend long.
Of course, there will be a few surprise guests and special treat for fans of The Price Is Right, which will air a special puppy segment during the game. Coverage on Animal Planet starts Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3 pm and repeats throughout the day.
After you're done watching Schachner's pregame preview check out some of this year’s competitors below.
Top: Lewis and Kiaria Bottom: Faulkner and Falcor
Top: Titan and Boomer Bottom: Pepper and Savannah
Top: Drew Carey (named after the game-show host) and Maggie Bottom: Aaron and Chicklet