(NewsNation Now) – The paws of more than 100 dogs will take to the field on Sunday as teams Fluff and Ruff face off in Puppy Bowl XVIII.

Hosted by Martha Stewart and the aptly named Snoop Dogg, Puppy Bowl XVII airs at 2 p.m. ET on Animal Planet and streams on Discovery+.

The Brutal Game is basically a three-hour show of puppies frolicking on a miniature football pitch and occasionally taking naps. But it’s also a platform for showcasing adoptable animals and showcasing the local shelters that care for them.

Puppy Bowl XVIII will feature adoptable dogs from 67 shelters in 13 states. The beach party-themed Kitty Half-Time Show will also spotlight the players’ adoptable feline counterparts, “performing” on a DJ Master Scratch set.

The starting lineup for this year’s game includes the following players:

  • Moby (Team Ruff) – A Pennsylvania French Bulldog with an intimidating look that gives him an edge over his opponents
  • Birch (Team Fluff) – A Chihuahua/Louisiana toy fox terrier mix with big ambitions and a set of ears to match who should be the smallest player on the court
  • benny (Team Fluff) – This Georgia Poodle only has two functional legs, but a set of smooth wheels to help him navigate the terrain make him a worthy contender
  • Ridley (Team Ruff) – A hearing and visually impaired border collie from Virginia with a black-spotted fluffy white coat and a positive attitude

The results of the so-called Pupularity Playoffs will be announced on Friday. It is currently in the fourth ballot and a full installment is available online.

The concept of the game started as a joke, according to Rolling Stone, but it has since become a Super Bowl tradition. Last year, The Wrap reported that the Puppy Bowl attracted 2.1 million viewers.

Now, 17 years after the event’s debut, this year’s event will make its own history as the first of its kind to include a version of 23 associated NFTs, or “non-fungible token”, a form of digital ledger. which can be sold and traded. ..

Each Puppy Bowl NFT design features a fun visual tribute to Puppy Bowl and the spirit of the big game.

Informations about the players and local shelters from which they can be adopted is available online at Puppybowl.com/Adopt.