Maine is back in the Puppy Bowl for the fifth year!

What is the Puppy Bowl? It's actually the sweetest thing.

The first Puppy Bowl was back on February 6, 2005, opposite Super Bowl XXXIX.  All the puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters. The entire show is to raise awareness about adopting pets from shelters and rescuing abandoned animals. And to offer some counter-programming to the constant barrage of football that Sunday.

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So, let's talk about our little Mainer Emily. She's a Great Pyrenees/Siberian Husky mix, playing on Team Fluff!

She's from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Last year they had two pups in the Puppy Bowl for Team Ruff. Emily is on Fluff, and will be playing on February 13.

The Puppy Bowl started as really a joke. Some executives figured that the only way to get people to not watch the actual football Super Bowl would be to point cameras at a bunch of puppies.

It doesn't exactly compete against the Super Bowl. Think of the Puppy Bowl as your adorable friendly animal appetizer as it comes on at 2 in the afternoon!

So, root on Emily as she plays for Team Fluff!

Pro tip: the Puppy Bowl has already been filmed. According to a 2020 article for Vox, it's shot three months in advance over two days. It has to be. They use 17 cameras and for the two-hour event, they shoot it over two days! So maybe Emily is already a winner!

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