Feb. 8th, 2010

Puppy Bowl.

Feb. 8th, 2010 03:55 pm
glvalentine: (nerd alert)
So, while everyone else was watching football (and what sounds from everyone's Twitters like a spectacularly misogynist series of ads), I was watching the Puppy Bowl.

Here is what I like about the Puppy Bowl: it is completely a joke and it knows it, but it still tries to not be boring. This year they had maybe 20 puppies (not at any one time, but over the course of the evening), tailgate-party dogs outside watching, a kitten halftime show, rabbit cheerleaders, and a blimp with hamsters in it. Their audience appeal is already wider than the actual Super Bowl's, you know?

I think my favorite running joke was the cheerleaders. Those rabbits fell asleep five minutes in, so if you were lucky you'd cut to them when one of them had one eye partially open, and the announcer would be like, "The cheerleaders can hardly contain themselves!" It's as hokey as it sounds, but when you realize those rabbits have seriously been asleep through the ruckus the ENTIRE TIME, it gets a little amazing.

(The hamsters spent their cutaways frantically standing on each other and/or gnawing at the control panel of the blimp, as per usual for hamsters.)

Another thing I liked was that it seemed relatively well-supervised; if any of the puppies got in a serious fight, or if they fell asleep, the ref appeared to remove the sleeping/ornery pups and replace them. This makes it feel a little less like the unwilling gladiatorial combat it is and more like going to the Union Square dog run when all the hipster couples are busy with their iPhones and don't notice the enormous and violent Jack-London playdate swelling around them until pack mentality has already sprouted and they have to fight the alpha dog to get their pug back.

Here's an example from the Bowl that shows the other best thing about the Bowl: the huge air-hockey table that was the center logo, and where everyone tended to have their fights. I'm not sure why, unless they knew it was hilarious, in which case, well done!

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Genevieve Valentine

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