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Let’s get ready to cuddle!

Puppy Bowl 2021 kicks off Sunday ahead of this year’s (likely) snoozer of a human Super Bowl 2021. Tom Brady, Gronk, Antonio Brown? Who are they even? The real players to watch this year are Aaron Pawdgers, George Kibble, a two-legged pooch named Jett and the many other adorable faces of this year’s puppy players.

The big game, now in its 17th year, is dedicated to inspiring and adoptable dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and personalities. Speaking of dogs, Snoop Dogg and his best pal Martha Stewart will be hosting this year.

The event will see teams Ruff and Fluff go paw-to-paw in a fur-filled melee for the “Lombarky” trophy. Last year, it was Team Fluff, making Team Ruff the real underdogs this year.

The big game will be led by ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcer Steve Levy and SportsCenter host Sage Steele, with help from animal advocates Kristen Bell, Valerie Bertinelli and Food Network star Duff Goldman. “Rufferee” Dan Schachner will be joining the game for the 10th year in a row. Plus, a crew of cuddly kitties will entertain viewers with paw-some performances.

Before that, a pregame show featuring fans’ favorite sports correspondents, Rodt Weiler, James Hound, Sheena Inu and field reporters Brittany Spaniel and Herman Shepard, will share Puppy Bowl insights that only a dog could deliver.

The ulti-“mutt” pregame show airs at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST, but the real “ruff” housing begins at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 7. Fur-tunately there are two ways to watch — on the Discovery+ app and the Animal Planet network.

Here are some of the standout good boys and girls, plus the rest of the pack, in the starting lineup of Puppy Bowl 2021.

Team Fluff

Aaron Pawdgers

Aaron Pawgers, Team Fluff
Aaron Pawgers, Team Fluff
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This treeing walker coonhound/American Staffordshire terrier mix from Last Chance Animal Rescue will hopefully live up to his name.

Aubrey

Aubrey, Team Fluff
Aubrey, Team Fluff
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You can tell just by looking at her: This American Staffordshire terrier/Australian terrier mix from Danbury Animal Welfare Society is in it to win it.

Bananaberry

Bananaberry, Team Fluff
Bananaberry, Team Fluff
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What wonder is a Bananaberry? In this case, it’s an Australian cattle dog/golden retriever from Operation Paws for Homes.

Chunky Monkey

Chunky Monkey, Team Fluff
Chunky Monkey, Team Fluff
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Chunky Monkey, a chow chow/Irish red and white setter mix has built-in padding, perfect for a game-winning tackle. The Chunk comes from Green Dogs Unleashed.

Foxy Cleopatra

Foxy Cleopatra, Team Fluff
Foxy Cleopatra, Team Fluff
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And she’s a whole lotta dog! This Russell terrier/bichon frisé from the Sato Project looks quick as a fox.

Jett

Jett, Team Fluff
Jett, Team Fluff
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Meet Jett, a double front amputee Labrador mix from Pets With Disabilities in Maryland, who is prepping for the big game with regular jaunts along the countryside with his fellow special needs cat and dog companions.

Marshall

Marshall, Team Fluff
Marshall, Team Fluff
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Another one of the special needs pooches in the game, this Boston terrier from Green Dogs Unleashed is training to be a therapy dog, where at a local hospital, he will provide a group of COVID emergency room nurses with a much-needed mental break in the midst of the pandemic.

Fozzie

Fozzie, Team Fluff
Fozzie, Team Fluff
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This Foster Dogs Inc. Norwegian elkhound got his first ever grooming from Harlem Doggie Day Spa in advance of the big game.

Here’s the rest of Team Fluff’s lineup

Yogi, Team Fluff

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Tucker, Team Fluff

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Tony, Team Fluff

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Ray, Team Fluff

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Sasha, Team Fluff

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Sonic, Team Fluff

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Theodore, Team Fluff

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Pippa, Team Fluff

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Pacific, Team Fluff

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Moo, Team Fluff

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Minnie, Team Fluff

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Mary Anne, Team Fluff

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Michael, Team Fluff

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Milky Way, Team Fluff

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Jiffy, Team Fluff

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Jay, Team Fluff

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James, Team Fluff

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Hanson, Team Fluff

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Hank, Team Fluff

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Glimmer, Team Fluff

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Oliver, Team Fluff

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Ginkgo, Team Fluff

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Erica, Team Fluff

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Chip, Team Fluff

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Beliveau, Team Fluff

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Ariel, Team Fluff

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Aubrey, Team Fluff

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Team Ruff

Argos

Argos, Team Ruff
Argos, Team Ruff
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You just know this Belgian Malinois/American Staffordshire terrier from Rescue Dogs Rock is bringing his A-game.

Cosmo

Cosmo, Team Ruff
Cosmo, Team Ruff
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This Australian cattle dog from Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue loves the feeling of wind in his ears.

Eclipse

Eclipse, Team Ruff
Eclipse, Team Ruff
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Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose. This Siberian Husky/Shar-Pei from MatchDog Rescue has a vision for winning.

Fletcher

Fletcher, Team Ruff
Fletcher, Team Ruff
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This American Staffordshire terrier/beagle may look sleepy but… they give awards for that too at the Puppy Bowl.

Gus

Gus, Team Ruff
Gus, Team Ruff
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Gus may be just a little guy, but this beagle/cocker spaniel from Danbury Animal Welfare Society brings a big swagger to his game.

Lucy

 

Lucy, Team Ruff
Lucy, Team Ruff
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This beagle/bluetick coonhound looks like she’s about to pull a fast one. Watch out!

Spaulding

Spaulding, Team Ruff
Spaulding, Team Ruff
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This hairless terrier from Dog Star Rescue passes the vibe check.

Check out the rest of the Team Ruff lineup

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Xena, Team Ruff

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Vinnie, Team Ruff

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Todd Furly, Team Ruff

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Tina, Team Ruff

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Peaches, Team Ruff

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Rumor, Team Ruff

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Stitch, Team Ruff

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Tank, Team Ruff

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Paulie, Team Ruff

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Patrick, Team Ruff

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Nutty Coconut, Team Ruff

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Muffin / George Kibble, Team Ruff

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Hope, Team Ruff

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Hunter, Team Ruff

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Lee, Team Ruff

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Lionel, Team Ruff

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Gizmo, Team Ruff

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Duke, Team Ruff

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Duke, Team Ruff

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Cream, Team Ruff

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Bluey, Team Ruff

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Coltrane, Team Ruff

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Comet, Team Ruff

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Athena, Team Ruff

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Archer, Team Ruff

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Apollo, Team Ruff

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‘WandaVison’ beats ‘Bridgerton’ in audience viewership

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Disney+ hit “WandaVision” may have surpassed Netflix’s “Bridgerton” in audience viewership, according to a report.

The show, which began airing in January, stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff and Vision, super-powered individuals who find themselves navigating life through various sitcoms spanning multiple decades.

As of January, “Wandavision” had a viewership of 8,127, meaning that the show has been viewed 81.3 times more than the average TV show according to Variety.

The show has also caused the Disney+ website to crash several times.

Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” which was released in December of 2020, has a viewership of 6,808.

Disney’s success with “WandaVision” has also proved to critics that the company is not solely relying on its other original series, “The Mandalorian” to bring in money.

New episodes of “WandaVision” are available every Friday.

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Golden Globes slammed for lack of black voters in protest

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The 2021 Golden Globes is getting the time’s up treatment.

The awards show, set to air Sunday on NBC, has come under fire after a recent exposé found that the Globes’ elusive group, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, does not have a single black member involved.

The organization Time’s Up launched a #TimesUpGlobes protest campaign Friday, calling out the HFPA, which selects nominees and hands out honors, over the lack of diversity.

“A cosmetic fix isn’t enough,” one of the group’s tweets read, a sentiment that was echoed by Shonda Rhimes as well as Kerry Washington, Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and more.

Several celebrities joined in to support the movement on Twitter, including Judd Apatow, who wrote: “So many crazy things about the @goldenglobes and the Hollywood Foreign press but this is awful. #timesupglobes.”

Ava DuVernay called it “Old news. New energy,” in her tweet along with the hashtag.

The campaign comes after the Los Angeles Times posted a damning report about the “insular, improbably powerful group” and the mysterious identities of its 87 members, who often keep “low profiles.” While it found that the group has does have some members of color, there are no black members, a fact which the HFPA confirmed. The group also said it’s an issue they’re “committed to addressing.”

For this year’s nominations, there were notable snubs for widely acclaimed films such as Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” for the top big-screen honors — though “Judas” star Daniel Kaluuya scored a nod for a “supporting role.” HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” was nominated for best TV drama — but the entire cast was overlooked for acting nods.

In an initial statement, the HFPA said it was a choice made by its members.

“We do not control the individual votes of our members,” HFPA said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We seek to build cultural understanding through film and TV and recognize how the power of creative storytelling can educate people around the world to issues of race, representation and orientation.”

However, by Thursday, the HFPA pledged to “bring in black members.”

“We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them,” the organization said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

On Friday, former HFPA president and board chair Meher Tatna told Variety there hasn’t been a black member of the organization since at least 2002, claiming it’s “not been easy” to find an international black journalist.

“As a person of color, it’s important to me,” Tatna said. “It’s just there are nuances, as an organization of immigrants, who write for our home country, that search [for international Black journalists] has not been easy, but that doesn’t mean we will give up. We will keep trying, and we will be part of the solution.”

In 2018, Time’s Up led the charge amid the #MeToo movement, and many actors and actresses wore black on the red carpet as a sign of solidarity and to raise awareness about the campaign.

Similarly, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out Oscars, came under fire in 2015 for lack of diversity when it snubbed actors of color, leading to the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign. Since then, the Oscars has made moves for more inclusivity spurred by the movement.

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Is a ‘GMA’ anchor in line to replace ‘Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison?

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Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts are both being considered as replacements for Chris Harrison on “The Bachelor,” The Sun can reveal.

Michael will bring “a level of stability” to “The Bachelor,” a source said, as he is eyed to replace troubled Chris, while Robin “would be an excellent choice to bring some gravitas and seriousness.”

Amid the ongoing backlash to the racism scandal, Chris has been “iced out” of talks at ABC as they discuss who should replace the long-time host.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, a “Bachelor” insider admitted that Michael is being considered as the replacement for Chris, with sources claiming that the “Good Morning America” host is “the right mix of news and show business” to deal with the role of overseeing the ABC series.

OK! originally broke the news of Michael’s potential new gig, but the insider explained there are issues that would need to be ironed out for him to land the role full time.

The Sun understands ABC executives want to make sure that they have the right message and bring a level of stability to the replacement for Chris, who may not return for the next season.

Insiders said while his position as executive producer is safe, there is a “time to wait before knowing whether Chris can come back onscreen.”

Michael, if he got booked, would oversee Matt James’ “After the Final Rose” special, and the next season of “The Bachelorette.”

Decisions will be made in the next few days, sources said, adding Michael’s booking would “need some tricky negotiations” given his Fox commitments and GMA role in New York.

“The Bachelor” usually films around Los Angeles, although due to the pandemic, it has in recent seasons filmed at resorts in Palm Springs and North Carolina.

Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America."
Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts on the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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The Sun previously revealed that since the show has remained under fire for its controversies surrounding race, people of color are being hired “at all levels” to add diversity behind the scenes. 

With 49-year-old Chris’ position on the chopping block as backlash rages on for his comments, a source says it’s a matter of “when, not if” Chris will get the boot. 

The insider exclusively told The Sun: “It’s only a matter of time before an announcement is made that Chris isn’t returning. 

“At this point it’s not if, it’s when. There are still talks of keeping him as an executive producer.

“But unless Chris somehow turns this around, his role on-camera is done.”

"The Bachelor" contestant Matt James with host Chris Harrison.
“The Bachelor” contestant Matt James with host Chris Harrison.
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Fans have called for Chris to be fired after making a series of “unacceptable” comments while chatting with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in the show’s history. 

Chris asked fans to show “compassion” for Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, after resurfaced photos showed her attending an “Old South” plantation party with deep ties to the Confederacy in 2018. 

The Matt James frontrunner was also accused of liking controversial social media posts that include the Confederate flag and pro-Trump “MAGA” content. 

The Sun has contacted reps for Michael and Robin for comment.

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