Breaking news! Animal Planet has just released photos of 38 of the 90 puppies participating in Puppy Bowl XIV, airing simultaneously on both coasts Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.
In addition to the game between #TeamFluff and #TeamRuff — and the supporting spectacle, which includes Jokgu the piano-playing chicken pecking out the national anthem; duckling, piglet, and baby bunny cheerleaders; and, of course, the Kitty Half-Time Show — viewers will also be treated to “Pup Close and Personal” segments highlighting some of the adoptable athletes (from 48 rescues) and their heartwarming stories. Among them: Mango, the first-ever international Puppy Bowl player, who was rescued from Mexico; Tyler, a rescue from the flood waters of Houston during Hurricane Harvey; and best friends Sophie, a three-legged goldendoodle, and Buttons, a sight-impaired and deaf cocker spaniel. (Other special-needs players include Ryder, a sight-impaired husky; Chance, a deaf dalmatian; Moonshine, a sight-impaired, deaf border collie; and Luna, a Pomeranian mix with a cleft palate.)
Of course all the puppies are adorable, but since we like a challenge, here is how we’d rank the starting lineup’s cuteness from their player profile pics.