Dog Bowl II was a classic for the canine sports history books.
While the world’s attention is mostly directed at Puppy Bowl XV on Sunday afternoon, Dog Bowl II saw the old dogs teaching the young whippersnappers new tricks as Team Goldies faced off against Team Oldies in GEICO Stadium on Saturday night.
Buddy the Staffordshire Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog mix scored the first touchdown of the game for the Oldies in the first quarter, but Sherman the Dachshund mix found the end zone back to back times in quick succession to give the Goldies a 14-7 lead.
Viewers also got to see how the Pilots N Paws rescue operation works during a “Pup Close and Personal” segment. In another, viewers met Cadence, a former street dog from Afghanistan who came to the US with the help of Nowzad Rescue.
In the second quarter, Bella the Great Dane was called for the game’s first penalty, Excessive Blocking. Also, Iggy tied the game as the Oldies’ pupper recovered a fumble and trotted 35 yards into the end zone to knot the scoreboard at 14-all.
Back on the field, Charlie the Pomeranian fought through a tough defender to put the Oldies in the lead at the halftime break, up 21-14 after his trip to paydirt (which is very fun to dig in).
Sideline reporter Jill Rappaport gave viewers a quick look around Barktoberfest in Washington, DC during the halftime break.
In the second half, Sonni was called for the game’s second penalty for Excessive Drooling in what seemed like it was going to be the third quarter’s only action, but then Sprinkles galloped 85 yards to tie the game at 21 apiece for Team Goldies.
Brother-sister Pug duo Pandora and Connnery started the fourth quarter for the Goldies, and special-needs players took the field in a heartwarming display of courage and determination. Hound mix Corrine used a trick play of hiding the football in the water bowl to confuse the Oldies defense and win the game for the Goldies by a 28-21 score.
Sherman took home the Milk-Bone MVP (Most Valuable Pooch) Award following the conclusion of Dog Bowl II, as voted upon by fans on Twitter watching the contest.
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