Super Bowl XLVIII might have seen the Seattle Seahawks royally trounce the Denver Broncos 43-8, but more importantly the event announced to the world that cats are quickly getting in on the gridiron act.
The inaugural airing of the Kitten Bowl, Hallmark’s feline rival to the now-10-year-strong Puppy Bowl, was the all-star cat draw. The channel stoked up anticipation for the paw-off with a festive-themed advertisement.
The Kitten Bowl itself saw punned-up competitors like Tomcat Brady and Feline Manning facing off in a mini-arena peppered with obstacles and other kitten-enticing playthings.
Four color-coded teams were eventually whittled down to a final consisting of the North Shore Bengals vs. the Cedar Cove Cougars.
The Bengals pulled off a 24-20 victory to claim the first Kitten Bowl crown. A nice touch throughout the coverage were feline-tailored stats like pointing out the number of naps a kitty took during the game. (All 71 kitten competitors were also adopted to forever homes after the event.)
Adding to the cat cachet of the Super Bowl, Lil Bub turned up to run through a rendition of the corny classic “The Super Bowl Shuffle.” Skip to around the 4:08 mark in the video below to hear the space kitten’s syncopated rap wails.
Lil Bub’s musical turn was complemented by the legacy of Keyboard Cat being upheld during the rival Puppy Bowl’s halftime show. The kitten cheerleaders who had been employed to frolic in the field seemed enthusiastic about the way the foppish Keyboard Cat tinkled the electronic ivories to reinterpret Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.”
Showing the burgeoning reach of cats at the Super Bowl, even the suited boffins at the Wall Street Journal got in on the kitty act by previewing the big game with a wonderfully disinterested pundit named Baxter the Cat. Naturally, the spot was called Sports and Cats.
I personally would be shocked if Baxter’s obvious on-air talent and canny punditry wasn’t soon confirmed as a starring fixture for next year’s Super Bowl coverage.
What was your favorite moment from the Kitten Bowl this year? Let us know in the comments!
About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.