Before you watch the Super Bowl, you can watch the other big game on Sunday. It's Puppy Bowl IX, and it airs Sunday afternoon at 3 Eastern on Animal Planet.

Once again, dogs will run around a fake football field for our amusement. Puppy Bowl IX will also feature hedgehog cheerleaders and the return of the kitten halftime show. If you've never watched a Puppy Bowl before, it's a pet-friendly spin on football.

There is a referee, and penalties including "paws" interference instead of "pass" interference, and instead of ineligible "receiver" down field, it becomes ineligible "retriever" down field. There's also a penalty for "excessive cuteness." This special show has done very well over the past several years, and if you are a pet-lover you may find it an enjoyable warm-up to the big game.