Cats to compete in Kitten Bowl
Cats to compete in Kitten Bowl Kittens are photographed on the set during a taping of Kitten Bowl III in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Cats to compete in Kitten Bowl
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On the field, the four-legged fur balls of the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl III were all business.
But off? Well, let's just say there were some impurr-prieties dogging these feline paw-thletes.
"Sometimes we get into an issue or two. They tend to like to really delve into the catnip. And that type of thing sometimes gets a little out of control," quipped Boomer Esiason, the Feline Football League commissioner for the Super Bowl Sunday event on Feb. 7.
It was Esiason's second turn as commissioner. He kept his tongue firmly in cheek in fending off any appearance of influence peddling this time around with the fielding of his own team of kittens, the Boomer Bobcats.
"I'm not like that. I'm above all of that, and my quarterback Ben Roethlis-purrger -- we like to call him Big Ben -- is just so cute and cuddly. I'm telling you he's going to knock everybody's socks off this year."
Big Ben's human doppelganger is Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
In addition to Esiason, Hallmark got some help from host Beth Stern and the North Shore Animal League America, which supplied nearly 100 rescue kittens to fill up Hallmark's bite-size football field. It was decked out with scratchy goalposts and plenty of cat toys to keep the action moving when the event was taped in October.
All of the tiny footballers were later adopted. A few were taken home for fostering by Stern herself. Her husband, radio personality Howard Stern, is the official cat namer of their family that includes six resident felines and a steady stream of fosters.
Beth Stern, a spokeswoman for North Shore Animal League, is the master of the cat-human selfie on Instagram. Her secret?
"With the selfie I have to look good, of course, so I always have to put the iPhone up high. But I can never get a bad angle of the kittens," she said.
Human wranglers ringed the elevated Kitten Bowl set, sending little slackers trying to escape back on the field. Hydration came in metal water bowls on the sidelines, along with a couple of handy litter boxes.
Esiason, an NFL most valuable player and four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, was happy to help out worthy kittens, but back home it's all about the dogs. He has two, to be exact. He used to have a cat, a Himalayan with bright blue eyes called Frankie, named for his college roommate.
He said he's got nothing but love for the adorable, feisty participants in the Kitten Bowl.
"The kitten players," Esiason offered, "are so much easier to deal with than human players."

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Why isn't the Kitten Bowl held in the summer?
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  • taylorh.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 09:27 a.m.

    I watched the kittin bowl last night and it was funny to watch them make touchdowns!

  • landryb.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 09:28 a.m.

    The kitten bowl is not held in the summer because the super bowl is not taken place in the summer. Also football season doesn't start until fall or early winter.

  • madilynm.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 09:29 a.m.

    Why the kitten bowl is not in the summer because, football season ends in the winter and they do not play super bowl in the summer.

  • isaact.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 09:32 a.m.

    I really dislike cats one because I'm allergic to them and two they just look like they want to claw your eyes out or steal your souls.
    Puppy bowl is way better.

  • lawsonl.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 09:32 a.m.

    I think that it is a great idea to have a kitten bowl.I would watch the kitten bowl on TV. If I could I might just try to adopt one of those kittens.

  • trinityt.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 11:13 a.m.

    I think it is odd that kittens have their own little football game.

  • aarond.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 11:14 a.m.

    There are weird things but I think that this story just beat everything else.

  • leonac.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 11:14 a.m.

    It is not held during the summer because the super bowl is not during the summer

  • endsleyn.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 11:17 a.m.

    I think that the kitten bowl is an interesting idea and something fun for families to go watch.????

  • marisam.-tay
    2/08/2016 - 11:18 a.m.

    I think I like the puppy bowl better but that's just what i think but I loved this story

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