The second annual Kitten Bowl will be broadcast on Hallmark Channel a few hours before the Super Bowl. Please, go ahead and set your DVR right now. Plan your day's schedule accordingly. This is like an underground version of the Puppy Bowl, and the cuteness is just getting started.
Kitten Bowl I featured 72 kittens, but that number will increase to 92 for Kitten Bowl II and will also feature some adult cats. All 72 kittens in the first Kitten Bowl were adopted and the Lucy Pet Foundation has guaranteed homes for all the participants in the second annual Kitten Bowl.
Among the participants in the game are Richard Purrman, purrback Aaron Pawdgers, lickbacker Wes Whisker and spring backer Tortie Nelson. Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason is the commissioner of the Feline Football League (FFL) and serves as a spokesperson for pet adoption.
For more on the rosters, read Rodger Sherman's breakdown. No word yet on if Terrell Snuggs will introduce itself as from "Paw So Hard University", but just know the bar has been set that high.
The participants are split into four teams: the Hallmark Channel Hearties, the Northpole Panthers, the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Mountain Lions and Good Witch Wildcats. We here at SB Nation are just a little disappointed that ABC's legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger won't be on the call, just so he can reference the gambling line in the Kitten Bowl.
The Kitten Bowl will also be replayed at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. It's a good option in case the game gets boring.
How to Watch
Date: Sunday, Feb. 1
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Lucy Pet Foundation, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
TV: Hallmark Channel
Announcers: Beth Stern
Online: Hallmark Channel Everywhere