(NewsNation Now) — The paws of more than 100 dogs will storm the field Sunday as teams Fluff and Ruff go head-to-head at Puppy Bowl XVIII.
Hosted by Martha Stewart and the aptly named Snoop Dogg, Puppy Bowl XVIII will air at 2 p.m. ET on Animal Planet and stream on Discovery+.
The rough-and-tumble game is essentially a three-hour broadcast of puppies romping on a miniature football field and occasionally taking naps. But it’s also a platform to showcase adoptable animals and highlight the local shelters that care for them.
Puppy Bowl XVIII will feature adoptable dogs from 67 shelters across 13 states. The beach-party-themed Kitty Half-Time Show will also highlight the players’ adoptable feline counterparts, “performing” to a set from DJ Master Scratch.
The starting lineup for this year’s match includes the following players:
- Moby (Team Ruff) — A French bulldog from Pennsylvania with an intimidating stare that gives him an edge over his opponents
- Birch (Team Fluff) — A Chihuahua/toy fox terrier mix from Louisiana with big ambitions and a matching set of ears who is slated to be the smallest player on the field
- Benny (Team Fluff) — This poodle from Georgia only has two working legs, but a slick set of wheels to help him navigate the field makes him a worthy contender
- Ridley (Team Ruff) — A hearing- and vision-impaired border collie from Virginia with a black-spotted, fluffy white coat and a can-do attitude
The results of the so-called Pupularity Playoffs will be announced Friday. It’s currently in the fourth round of voting and a full bracket is available online.
Now, 17 years after the event’s debut, this year’s event will make its own history as the the first of its kind to include a release of 23 related NFTs, or “nonfungible token,” a form of digital ledger that can be sold and traded..
Each Puppy Bowl NFT design features a fun, visual tribute to Puppy Bowl and the spirit of the big game.