The NY Metro Area Will Be Well-Represented on Super Bowl Sunday
by Warren Rosenberg - MetroSports Magazine January 24, 2022
On Sunday, February 13th football fans from around the world will be tuning in to catch the best of the NFL compete in Super Bowl LVI. While there will likely be some NFL players with roots in the NY Metro area competing in the Super Bowl, there will be at least 18 canine athletes competing in Puppy Bowl XVIII which will be televised earlier in the day. Competitors in the Puppy Bowl will include Rob Gronchowski from Utica NY and Odell Barkham from Cincinatti.
In our July-August 2021 issue, MetroSports Magazine reported on PepperJack, the bat dog of the New York Boulders minor league baseball team, and on the New York Strongest Man and Woman competition helping to raise fund for the Special Needs Senior Dog Sanctuary in White Plains, New York.
The 2022 Puppy Bowl will feature just over 100 dogs competing on two teams, Team Ruff and Team Fluff, for bragging rights and the Lombarky Trophy. Celebrity coaches this year will be Martha Stewart coaching Team Ruff and the one and only Snoop Dogg coaching Team Fluff.
The annual Puppy Bowl is held every year on NFL Super Bowl Sunday and features adoptable pets and their shelters and rescue services. It is broadcast on the Discovery+ channel at 2pm, this coming February 13th.
Among the ‘players’ with New York Metro area roots will be:
S’mores, an Australian Shepard/Poodle mix playing for Team Fluff from New York City’s ‘Rescue Dogs Rock;
Olive, an American Pit Bull Terrier/Miniature Pinscher on Team Fluff from New York City’s ‘Rescue Dogs Rock;
Chorizo, a Dachshund/American Staffordshire Terrier on Team Fluff from the ‘Paws Crossed’ shelter in Elmsford, Westchester County
Lucy, an Australian Cattle Dog/German Shepard mix on Team Ruff from ‘Rescue City’ in Brooklyn
Ziggy, heritage unknown, on Team Fluff from ‘Rescue City’ in Brooklyn
Tara, an American Pit Bull Terrier/ American Staffordshire Terrier on Team Fluff from ‘Rescue City’ in Brooklyn
Banjo, an American Pit Bull Terrier/ American Staffordshire Terrier on Team Fluff from ‘Rescue City’ in Brooklyn
Kirby, a Labrador Retriever on Team Fluff from ‘America’s Vet Dogs’ in Smithtown, Long Island;
Jackson, a Belgian Malinois on Team Ruff from ‘Muddy Paws Rescue’ in New York City;
Watson, a Bassett Hound on Team Fluff from ‘Tri-State Bassett Hound Rescue’
Scout, a Pit Bull/Norwegian Elk Hound on Team Ruff from “Paws CT” in Norwalk Connecticut
Minnie, a Border Collie/German Shepard mix on Team Fluff from ‘Jersey Girls Animal Rescue’
Faye, a German Shepard/Border Collie mix on Team Ruff from ‘Jersey Girls Animal Rescue’
Aurora, Team Fluff from ‘Danbury Animal Welfare Society’
Luna, a Beagle/Basset Hound mix on Team Ruff from ‘Danbury Animal Welfare Society’
Maribel, a Doberman Pinscher/Boxer mix on Team Ruff from, ‘East Greenwich Animal Protection League’
Lulu, a Shi Tzu/Pomeranial mix on Team Ruff from "Pack Leaders Rescue of Connecticut'
Sky, a Cattle Dog/Golden Retriever on Team Fluff from ‘ROAR Animal Rescue’ in Ridgefield, Connecticut
We’ll be rooting them on along with Tansy, Dusty and Buzz.