The Super Bowl’s Only Real Competition: Puppies

Andrew Marantz covers Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. He writes that, for “every ten Americans who want to watch large men concuss one another, there is one who wants to surrender to cuteness”:

“Most of the magic happens in the editing room,” [executive producer Melinda] Toporoff said—ninety hours are condensed to less than two. The magic does not reliably happen on the field, because puppies are unreliable. They can be aggressive one minute—an offscreen American Humane Association observer breaks up fights, usually by clapping—and listless the next. Trying to put a hopeful spin on several scoreless minutes, Schachner said, “It’s a defensive battle!” It looked more like a sniffing-and-napping battle.