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When sports rivalries come to mind, one thinks of legendary adversaries such as the Red Sox and the Yankees, the Redskins and the Cowboys, the Lakers and the Celtics. Animal Planet is introducing the next great sports rivalry in Puppy Bowl XI: Team Ruff versus Team Fluff.

The annual game will introduce competitive scoring for the first time in the event’s history and will launch a Puppy Bowl Pregame Show that will have sports correspondents bringing analyses and commentary to the 55 puppies that will be participating in the bowl. Also, this year’s cheerleaders will be comprised of goats, of course.

Likewise, this year’s half-time show will boast an act rivaling Katy Perry in this year’s human Super Bowl, in the form of “Katty Furry,” as part of the Bissell Kitty Half-Time Show. Likewise, there will be an aerial component to the half-time show in the form of hamsters flying a biplane made of Twizzlers.

Who will win this year’s MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) award? Animal Planet shared some details on some of this year’s players.

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Pepper, a 14-week old shih tzu/terrier mix on Team Fluff “can’t wait for the next Star Wars movie.” (Puppies, so much like us).

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Savannah, a 13-week old Shih Tzu, is playing on Team Fluff (obviously) and “thinks Lorde is overrated.” (Puppies, perhaps not so much like us.)

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Boomer, a 17-week-old husky on Team Ruff, is a champion chess player. Hm.

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Faulkner, a 12-week old Great Pyrenees/lab mix on Team Ruff, “wants to be on Dancing with the Stars.” Tom Bergeron, are you listening?

According to Animal Planet, all of the puppies and kittens featured in Puppy Bowl XI come from shelters and rescue groups across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Puppy Bowl XI airs Sunday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet.

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