Cardinals Not Cute Enough? Try the Puppy Bowl
A parrot will sing anthem, kittens in halftime show on Animal Planet's Super alternative
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2009 6:09 PM CST

(Newser) – Those uninterested in watching hulking giants meet on the gridiron Sunday have a decidedly cuter alternative: the fifth annual Puppy Bowl. Animal Planet broadcasts the event, which will feature puppies engaging in football-like action, a parrot singing the national anthem, and a halftime show where kittens are just kittens, the Los Angeles Times reports. Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas will provide commentary.

“I think we all have a calling,” said the Puppy Bowl’s referee. “Some of us are firemen; some are policemen. I am a ref. I referee little, cute, adorable puppies pretending to play football for people’s enjoyment. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.”