Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl and Other Big Game Alternatives

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Sunday is the big game, and many Americans are excited about the players, the game, Peyton Manning, buffalo wings, chili con queso, the frigid weather, and the commercials. 

Show of hands here? Am I the only person in the world who could give a rat’s patootie about the NFL Super Bowl game?

I speak blasphemously, but the only thing I care less about than the NFL is college football.  (There’s a backstory here that involves years of Big Ten rivalries, cold weather, insane over-the-top fans, but I’ll leave that for another day.)

For those who will watch television, and will watch something other than the Super Bowl, there are choices.

Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl
Image: Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl

Animal Planet adds a Kitty Halftime show to the annual Puppy Bowl.

Hallmark Channel rivals Animal Planet with a Kitten Bowl.

WLS-TV Chicago originated the tradition of the televised burning Yule Log at Christmas; now National Geographic Channel takes that one step farther with the Fish Bowl.

The Los Angeles Times outlined a few other options for the non-football fans who still want the Boob Tube to burn brightly on Sunday afternoon.

Highlights (if you can call it that) of the afternoon and early evening include:

  • A Sex and the City Marathon on the E Network.
  • The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day on AMC
  • Five “chick flicks” on TBS, starting with Failure to Launch and ending with Pretty Woman
  • A Bewitched marathon on TV Land (this writer hopes it features only Darren # 1, Darren # 2 just didn’t have the right mojo.)

While I haven’t found the listing yet, invariable some network presents several of the old-time, luscious Technicolor musicals. That will grab me. 

Who doesn’t adore Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse dancing in Brigadoon? Otherwise, you’ll find me in my living room chair, drinking coffee, and working my usual Sunday afternoon trip through the paper of record.

  Amy Abbott writes "The Raven Lunatic" column for multiple Indiana newspapers. She's the author of two books "The Luxury of Daydreams" and "A Piece of Her Mind."  Her third book, "A Piece of Her Heart" will be published in 2014. 

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