Oh sure, we know that the much hyped Super Bowl will be played on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans. The "Big Game" will boast the highest TV ratings of the year, great commercials, and parties galore.

Not to be outdone, Animal Planet will air Puppy Bowl IX. It's actually quite entertaining. I recorded it on my DVR last year (stop it! I hear you laughing!) and was amused at the game strategy used by "Aberdeen." Even though I thought he was quite the "ball hog", he went on to win the MVP of the Game award.

Is there a scandal in the works this year? Well, the piglet cheerleader will be replaced by a hedgehog this year. Okaaay.

Animal Planet

Also, last years officiating wasn't great. Could they have been the replacement refs that made the epic calls at the Packer - Seahawk game earlier this year?

On Superbowl Sunday, if you feel the need to hang out on the couch with your friends and see a screen full of puppies, kittens, hedgehogs and other cute critters, this is for you.

Animal Planet

The first Puppy Bowl was shown on February 6, 2005. And the best part? The puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters,and the show contains information on how viewers can adopt rescued puppies and help their local shelter.

Animal Planet will air Puppy Bowl IX on Sunday, Feb. 3rd at 2pm CST.