The big game is set to take place in just hours. No, not Super Bowl 55, we are talking about the Puppy Bowl! Before the Buccaneers take on the Chiefs, Team Ruff will face off vs. Team Fluff for dog supremacy.
Puppy Bowl – why they play
2021 marks the 17th annual Puppy Bowl. So why do the pups have their own featured game?
According to Mlive, “Puppy Bowl” is a celebration of dogs and the need to promote animal adoption. The Puppy Bowl showcases various shelters and rescues across the country, and so far it has done wonders in getting the word out.
In the first 16 Puppy Bowls, the adoption rate for all the animals participating has been 100-percent. Hopefully, the 17th edition will also help these participants find their forever homes with loving families as well.
This year, 22 shelters and rescues from nine Northeastern states will bring 70 adoptable puppy players out for the event. You can click here to view the starting lineups.
MVP, Game Odds, Announcers and how to watch live
With online sports gambling hitting an all-time high, the question is can you bet on the Puppy Bowl? Yes. Yes, you can.
Sports Betting Dime has odds on the little furry pups, however we must say, if you are wagering on the Puppy Bowl you may want to limit your wager to $1 or less!
First let’s start with MVP odds.
Last year Gina took home the honors. This season, the girls are once again listed as the “underdogs,” but don’t be surprised if a female is once again crowned MVP!
The males are favored at -130, with the females slated at -110.
As for the favorites to win? Oddsmakers are leaning towards Team Ruff. Set at -140, Team Ruff will be tough to beat as they will be trying to avenge last season’s 63-59 defeat.
The comeback price on Team Fluff is +100.
Puppy Bowl 2021 will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET with a pregame show. The big game will officially get underway at 2 p.m. ET and air on Animal Planet.
ESPN’s Steve Levy and Sage Steele will be providing all of the puppy analysis throughout the game. Also, returning to referee for his 10th year in a row is Dan Schachner.