Super Bowl 2016 Alternatives: ‘Puppy Bowl,’ ‘Kitten Bowl,’ ‘Zombie Bowl,’ More

The majority of the world is getting ready for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday and placing their bets on whether the Carolina Panthers or Denver Broncos will be world champions. Others are preparing for the commercials and companies pulling out all the stops. For those that couldn’t care less, there are alternatives such as “Puppy Bowl XII,” the “Kitten Bowl,” and marathons such as AMC’s “Zombie Bowl.”

Sunday, Feb. 2, will bring about the final game of the current NFL season, but there those that simply don’t care. They don’t want to watch the game or the commercials and don’t want to get together for yelling and screaming and food.

Avoiding football of any kind is next to possible, but there are TV alternatives in order to accomplish the feat.

First of all, there is “Puppy Bowl XII which is going to air on Animal Planet yet again this year, and it’s bringing all the cuteness you could possibly need.

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Animal Planet will air the fantastic event full of puppies, dog, canines, and just about any other name you can think of for your furry friends. All of the fun will begin Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, and if you’re interested to see who will be participating, Animal Planet has revealed the starting lineups for both teams.

If your favorite type of pet happens to be a cat, then there is something for you as well. Hallmark will be bringing “Kitten Bowl III” to all of its fans again, and it’s kind of the same thing as the “Puppy Bowl,” but you know, with cats.

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There will be a number of other “Cat-letes” like Dandee Lion participating in the big game this year, and Hallmark Channel will have all the furry fun. Joining Dandee Lion on the North Shore Bengals will be CJ “Milk” Spiller, Nacho, Howie Longhair, and Tamale.

They will be facing off with Boomer’s Bobcats who brings great talents such as Mr. Meow Meow, Puddles, Wiggles, and Mr. Slippers.

Don’t worry, there are other animals that will be competing in competitions too. Nat Geo is bringing about “Fish Bowl XXL” which is being seen as “your Zen alternative to the clash on the gridiron.” In case you’re wondering, it really is just watching fish swim around in bowls and tanks.

So far, it doesn’t seem like TLC and Discovery Life are bringing the very short “Toddler Bowl” again this year, but maybe they will surprise everyone.

Fans of the undead can once again binge on The Walking Dead thanks to a marathon on AMC that is called the “Zombie Bowl.” It all begins at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, and you’ll be able to watch the entire first season and part of the second by the time the big game begins.

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By the time the Super Bowl is over, you’ll still be able to watch some more of The Walking Dead as the “Zombie Bowl” will begin the final episode of its marathon at 4 a.m. ET. AMC has now revealed its TV programming schedule for Sunday.

AMC will have a full-on marathon of The Walking Dead beginning on Thursday, Feb. 11, and going through the first five-and-a-half seasons. It’s going to lead up to the midseason 6 premiere which will air on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 14.

A few other networks will be doing some big-time marathons as well, and you can view any of them as Super Bowl alternatives. All times listed below are Eastern.

  • Star Trek The Next Generation on BBC America: 9 a.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Last Man Standing on CMT: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Family Feud on GSN: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Countin’ Cars on The History Channel: 2 p.m. – 4 a.m.
  • Criminal Minds on A&E: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians on E! Network: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Tyler Perry’s House of Payne on BET: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Lockdown on Nat Geo: 9 a.m. – Midnight
  • Saw movie marathon on IFC: 12:15 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Super Bowl 50 is going to be the ultimate game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, but some people don’t really care. For those that don’t want to watch the game or the commercials, there are alternatives such as movies, marathons, the “Puppy Bowl,” the “Kitten Bowl,” the “Zombie Bowl,” and the “Fish Bowl.”

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