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10 Adorable Photos Of The Kitten Bowl, The Feline Super Bowl Extravaganza

Last spring, Hallmark announced that it was putting on the first annual Kitten Bowl, a rival to the beloved Puppy Bowl. It filmed on Wednesday, and thanks to Sports on Earth's report and these photos, we have the inside edge on this furry throw down.

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1. The pre-game walkthrough, so they can get comfortable with this huge stadium

There are actually four "games" involved, so the whole thing is actually a Kitten Playoffs, as Sports on Earth reporter Emma Span notes.
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

There are actually four "games" involved, so the whole thing is actually a Kitten Playoffs, as Sports on Earth reporter Emma Span notes.

2. And the pre-game stretch, making sure the pouncing legs are ready!

FYI there is a kitten named Terry Bradclaw.
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

FYI there is a kitten named Terry Bradclaw.

3. Meanwhile, kitten tailgaters enjoy the pre-game from outside the stadium

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4. Like good sports, they meet for the coin toss and paw shake

"Okay, if you need to cough up a hairball, go to the sidelines. Agreed?"
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

"Okay, if you need to cough up a hairball, go to the sidelines. Agreed?"

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5. And they're off! It's already a mad scramble, the defense active

There are multiple "balls" in play, so things are just confusing as all hell.
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

There are multiple "balls" in play, so things are just confusing as all hell.

6. Ehh, you're lookin' the wrong way, kitty

That is going to be a nice close-up of a cat butt.
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

That is going to be a nice close-up of a cat butt.

7. The kittens get catty on the sidelines with passions running so high

Or maybe they're grooming?
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

Or maybe they're grooming?

8. The ref looks closely... did the ball cross endzone line?

It looks like he's birthing a cat, FYI.
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

It looks like he's birthing a cat, FYI.

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9. Touchdown! Watch the taunting, though

"Come get some."
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

"Come get some."

10. The kitty champion tears down the goal post!

Luckily, they have nine lives. Zing.
Emma Span/Sports on Earth

Luckily, they have nine lives. Zing.