Puppy Bowl 2012: Animal Planet's Annual Adorable Response To The Super Bowl Kicks Off At 3

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Puppy Bowl VIII kicks off on Animal Planet at 3 p.m. ET. Here's everything you need to know about the second-biggest game of the day.

Though Super Bowl XLVI kicks off close to 6:30 p.m., three and a half hours earlier, some could argue the real big game kicks off — the Puppy Bowl! The eighth installment of Fluffiest Game on Earth will kick off at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet, and, if you're wondering who the cutest performers are, SB Nation's Matt Ufford has you covered.

This year, the game with feature what appears to be a cockateel as the "live tweeter" and a group of piglets as squealing cheerleaders. As usual, there will be the kitten halftime show for the cat people in the audience. There's even a new referee this year to noticeably annoy everyone, but keep those crazy pups in line. We all wish we were the Puppy Bowl ref. In case you're interested in who the "competitors" will be, here are your starting lineups.

There's even a trailer on Animal Planet's website, if you weren't already excited. Check it out:

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