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    What’s better than football? Puppies, duh. Animal Planet’s 15th annual Puppy Bowl will air just hours before the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, and the starting lineup of adoptable pups is way too cute to handle. » RELATED: Atlanta dog finds forever home after ‘Puppy Bowl’ This year’s 93 puppies, 36 of which have special needs, come from 53 different shelters across the continental United States, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. Divided into Team Ruff and Team Fluff, the pooch participants compete for the highly coveted Lombarky Trophy and Most Valuable Puppy award as Rufferee Dan Schachner calls the shots with co-ref Shirley the rescue sloth. And the best part? The Puppy Bowl has a 100 percent adoption rate for all pups. » RELATED: Georgia Aquarium releases Super Bowl hype video full of adorable animals Along with Shirley the sloth, Animal Planet’s pre-filmed showdown features baby sloths from Costa Rica’s Toucan Rescue Ranch sanctuary. You’ll also find cheerleading baby kangaroos, porcupines and capybaras on the sidelines and a halftime show curated especially for kitten lovers everywhere, according to the network. In a 2015 Reddit AMA, Schachner told readers the event is shot about three months in advance and takes two days to film. More than 15 cameras are used. » RELATED: Atlanta bans pet stores from selling cats and dogs “What you see on TV is only the best of the best,” Puppy Bowl camera operator Cory Popp told the A.V. Club in 2015. “Because they’re puppies, they’re not trained, they’re just doing whatever they want to do. It’s just hoping for the best.” Catch Puppy Bowl 2019 on Animal Planet at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 3 . A pre-game show will begin at 11 a.m., but you can also stream it right now at AnimalPlanet.com. For those without cable, streaming providers carrying the channel include Hulu Live, DirecTV NOW, PlayStation Vue or Philo. Puppy Bowl XV’s starting lineup of champs: Team Fluff Ziggy (Boston Terrier/SATO from AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, Iowa) Astro (Labrador Retriever/Siberian Husky from Animal Friends Humane Society, Ohio) Flora (American Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer from Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Maine) Dawn (Beagle/Dachshund from Citizens for Animal Protection, Texas) Brady (Chihuahua/Russell Terrier from Dog Star Rescue, Connecticut) Marisol (Miniature Poodle-Catahoula from Territorio de Zaguates, Costa Rica) Ace (Chihuahua/Cocker Spaniel from Virginia Beach SPCA, Virginia) Remington (Beagle from Bonnie's Animal Rescue Kingdom from New Jersey) Scooter (Cocker Spaniel-Chihuahua from  from Virginia Beach SPCA, Virginia) Brooklyn (Neapolitan Mastiff/American Staffordshire Terrier from AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, Iowa) Bumble (Lab/Chow Chow from Double J Dog Ranch, Idaho) Clara (Corgi from Florida Little Dog Rescue, Florida) Gallagher (Saint Bernard from Pet Rescue & Transport, Iowa) Lola (Shar Pei from Florida Little Dog Rescue, Florida) Melody (Maltese from Memphis Humane Society, Tennessee) Foles (American Staffordshire Terrier-Akita from Providence Animal Center, Pennsylvania) Maisey (Labrador Retriever from Jersey Girls Animal Rescue, New Jersey) Smudge (American Staffordshire Terrier-Standard Bulldog from Animal Friends Humane Society, Ohio) Will (Old English Sheepdog-Doodle from Doodle Rock Rescue, Texas)   Team Ruff Bee (Chihuahua/Pekingese from The Sato Project, Puerto Rico) Shy Boy (Lhasa Apso/Miniature Poodle from SPCALA, California) Pirate (English Springer Spaniel/McNab from Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia) Whitney (Siberian Husky from Big Fluffy Dogs, Tennessee) Violet (Chihuahua/Miniature Poodle from Vanderpump Dogs, California) Sierra (American Staffordshire Terrier/Chow Chow from Muddy Paws, New York) Hank (Labradoodle from Green Dogs Unleashed, Pennsylvania) Pistachio (Maltese from Every Dog Counts Rescue, Indiana) Bugsy (Sato/Greyhound from The Sato Project, Puerto Rico) Scotch (Chihuahua/Shih Tzu from Paw Works, California) Moses (American Staffordshire Terrier/Chow Chow from Big Fluffy Dogs, Tennessee) Alexander (Great Pyrenees from Big Fluffy Dogs, Tennessee) George (Chihuahua/Miniature Poodle from Nevada SPCA, Nevada) Bella (Shih Tzu/Chihuahua from The Sato Project, Puerto Rico) Harry (Shih Tzu/Chihuahua from The Sato Project, Puerto Rico) Flo (Chihuahua/Maltese from Helen Woodward Animal Center, California) Emmitt (Australian Cattle Dog/Boykin Spaniel from Planned Pethood, Florida) If you tune in and see a puppy you may want to adopt, “go to AnimalPlanet.com and look up the puppy profile, which will connect you with the shelter or rescue center that has them!” Schachner said. But you have to act quickly.
  • It’s officially Super Bowl weekend. And if you have decided to host a last minute party for Super Bowl LIII, Go Go Go Gourmet has over 20 easy recipe ideas for you. From barbecue pork sliders to Dr. Pepper cocktail meatballs, you’ll be able to find something for every sports fan at your gathering. FOR A FULL LIST, CLICK HERE.
  • WSB Radio is excited for the big game – now less than a week away. As we count down, our team of anchors, hosts, and reporters is bringing you in-depth coverage live from the Georgia World Congress Center and State Farm Arena.  Here is a lineup of exclusive content  you should be sure and catch on News 95.5 & AM 750 WSB over the next week:  Sunday, 1/27  11 a.m.-2 p.m.: WSB Sports Director Jay Black and WSB Traffic’s Doug Turnbull discuss transportation preparations for the big game.    Monday, 1/28  6-8 p.m.: The Mark Arum Show broadcasts live from State Farm Arena for the big event’s ‘opening night,’ with guest UGA legend Kevin Butler.    Tuesday, 1/29  9 a.m.-noon: The Von Haessler Doctrine will broadcast live from the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), with guest Consumer Adviser Clark Howard.    Wednesday, 1/30  6-8 p.m.: The Mark Arum Show will broadcast from the GWCC.    Thursday, 1/31  9 a.m.-noon: The Von Haessler Doctrine will broadcast live from the GWCC, with guest Home Fix It host Dave Baker.  6-8 p.m.: The Mark Arum Show will broadcast from the GWCC.    Friday, 2/1  9 a.m.-noon: The Von Haessler Doctrine will broadcast live from the GWCC, with guest UGA legend Kevin Butler.  5-8 p.m.: Kevin Butler will join an extended broadcast of The Mark Arum Show.    Saturday, 2/2  9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Home Fix It host Dave Baker, alongside WSB Sports Director Jay Black and WSB anchor Judd Hickinbotham, will broadcast live from the GWCC.    Sunday, 2/3  11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Special guests UGA legend Kevin Butler, The Von Haessler Doctrine’s Tim Andrews, and WSB Traffic Reporter Smilin’ Mark McKay join Home Fix It host Dave Baker in studio.
  • We’re only hours away from finding out who will face-off in Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.  Sunday’s conference championship games will feature the Rams and Saints in New Orleans (NFC Championship kickoff at 3:05 p.m.), followed by the Patriots and Chiefs in Kansas City (AFC Championship kickoff at 6:40 p.m.) The winners meet in Atlanta Feb. 3 inside Mercedes Benz Stadium.  Meanwhile, if you head downtown Monday, you’ll already begin to feel the effects of the big game – even two weeks away. Road closures will begin to be implemented.  Some of the first closures, beginning Monday, Jan.21, include: Baker St. NW between Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW and Luckie St. NW.  Also, parts of Mitchell St., Mangum St. and MLK Jr. Drive SW will be closed beginning Monday.’ Be sure to keep tuned to WSB Radio for Triple Team Traffic for continuing updates on closures throughout the next two weeks. 
  • Less than 50 days until the Super Bowl and organizers are reportedly struggling to find stars for the big halftime show.  Channel 2 Action News told you that Maroon Five will headline the half time show in February. However, Variety Magazine reports the band is having problems finding featured musical guests for their performance.  Among those considering the appearance are Cardi B, who is featured on the Maroon 5 hit “Girls Like You,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1 over the fall, Variety reports. The rapper is also scheduled to appear at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. Andre Benjamin, AKA Andre 3000 of beloved local act Outkast, is under consideration too. Others — like Mary J. Blige — had been approached, but faced scheduling conflicts. Still more, like Usher, Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj -- who performed at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna -- are names rumored to be in the mix, according to Variety. Many musicians are protesting the NFL’s stance toward Colin Kaepernick, and other players' right to protest. The Super Bowl halftime show does not pay, Variety explains, which makes it “even trickier to book an A-list act.” Variety’s Jem Aswad and Shirley Halperin add, “While the viewing audience is undoubtedly enormous, the criticism over aligning with the NFL promises to ring as loudly.”
  • Thousands of people are packed in downtown Atlanta to celebrate Atlanta United's championship win.  An open-top bus parade is traveling down Baker Street, Marietta Street, and Andrew Young International Boulevard and will end with a pep rally at the Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Eight-year-old Carlos Garcia and his brother, 10-year-old David Garcia, begged their mom to drive them downtown for all the festivities. “I said mom I want to come down to the stadium because they won their first championship,” Carlos tells WSB Radio.  When asked what is was like to watch the championship game, his brother David, replies, “Exciting!”  The boys’ mother Alejandra, who drove here from Jonesboro, bought her kids Atlanta United hats and t-shirts at Dick’s Sporting Goods. She tells WSB Radio, “Well my kids brought me here, I’m a soccer fanatic too, we love Atlanta United.”  All of the Atlanta United players, coaches, owner Arthur Blank, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and governor Nathan Deal will be in attendance. The last time Atlanta celebrated a major sports championship was the Braves in 1995. Blake, an Atlanta United Fan whose had season tickets, is playing hooky from work, so he can go to the parade and ceremony today. “I’m pretty ecstatic, I’m pretty pumped about it.”
  • Crews are getting ready for a parade to celebrate Atlanta United. The home team are national champions this morning. The parade for the MLS Champion winners begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Atlanta. WATCH A LIVE STREAM OF THE PARADE BELOW: The Five Stripes beat out the Portland Timbers 2 -0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in front of a record-setting crowd. The team, staff and owner Arthur Blank will be in attendance along with Gov. Nathan Deal and other special guests.
  • The Southeastern Conference Championship will be decided this weekend when the University of Georgia takes on the University of Alabama in Atlanta.  Alabama ended its regular season with a perfect 12-0 record, while Georgia stumbled against LSU, then recovered to end the season at 11-1. WSB Radio host Mark Arum and sports director Jay Black sat down with experts this week to preview the SEC title game. LISTEN to both hours of WSB’s special ‘SEC edition’ of The Mark Arum Show below: News 95-5 & AM-750 WSB is the exclusive home of Georgia Football. WSB is the ONLY place to hear every play of the SEC Championship with the Voice of the Dawgs Scott Howard and UGA All American Eric Zeier.  Before the Dawgs face Alabama for the SEC Title, News 95-5 & AM-750 is the only place for in depth pre-game analysis from UGA legends Eric Zeier and Kevin Butler. The tailgate show starts at noon to get you ready for SEC Championship Game on the Home of the Dawgs -- News 95-5 & AM-750 WSB.
  • The NFL has signed off on a massive, multi-agency public safety plan just 66 days from Super Bowl LIII. Channel 2's Aaron Diamant was a Mercedes-Benz Stadium where this weekend's Southeaster Conference Championship game will be an important run-through for all these security strategies.  Tens of thousands of fans are expected to descend on downtown Atlanta for the sold-out game Saturday between arch-rivals the University of Georgia and Alabama. Crews are already loading in equipment at the Georgia World Congress Center campus.  Diamant talked to Atlanta police Deputy Chief Scott Kreher, the unified area commander for Super Bowl LIII. He said the SEC Championship will help officials make sure the security plan for the Super Bowl is up to snuff.  “So, this gives us an opportunity to continue to hone our skills for these big events that we have almost every weekend in this city,' Kreher said. 'We’re going to use (the game as a test) for the Super Bowl to make that plan even stronger.” During Super Bowl week, the entire Georgia World Congress Center campus will be inside a secure perimeter. The Atlanta Police Department's joint operations center will serve as the public safety war room, with dozens of federal, state and local agencies involved.  Kreher admitted planning teams are still working to refine communications and traffic strategies, but he feels confident safety officials will be ready.  'I know we have a good team in place, and I know we have a good plan. So we'll be ready, Kreher said.'I think we're ahead of the game, literally, probably weeks ahead of where they thought we should be.
  • Fans going to the 2018 SEC Championship Game on Saturday will be asked to enter with clear bags and should be prepared to arrive early. Officials with the Southeastern Conference told fans to expect to see significant law enforcement presence in and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Similar security measures will also be in place at the Dr Pepper SEC FanFare event in the Georgia World Congress Center. The SEC strongly encourages fans not to bring any type of bags to the championship weekend events, but bags must be clear or a small clutch to be allowed into either the championship game or SEC FanFare.  Bags will be monitored at a secondary security perimeter set up around Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Georgia World Congress Center, and law enforcement presence and K-9 patrols will be prevalent throughout the area.  For the fourth year in a row, the SEC Championship events will utilize the clear bag policy, which is similar to that used in the NFL.  The clear bag policy will be in effect for both the SEC Championship Game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SEC FanFare in the Georgia World Congress Center.  Bags will be inspected before entry at both locations.  ENTERING THE STADIUM  Gates of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open at 1:30 p.m. Saturday to accommodate early arriving fans.  Bags must satisfy the guidelines below in order to be taken into SEC FanFare and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium:  Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.  One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).  Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, with or without a handle or strap.  An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.  WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED?  Prohibited items include but are not limited to: purses larger than a small clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size (12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches).  Items that are typically carried in diaper or baby bags must be carried in a clear bag that meets the standards of the bag policy.  Fans may still bring items such as binoculars and cameras, provided they are not in cases, as well as smart phones into SEC FanFare and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  MISCELLANEOUS  Working personnel, including media, will enter Mercedes-Benz Stadium through designated gates where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections already in effect for the SEC Championship Game.  Any fan who witnesses suspicious activity at Mercedes-Benz Stadium or Georgia World Congress Center should notify uniformed security personnel or call (470) 341-5673.  Also, in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, fans may text 'Respect' and a description of the suspicious activity to 69050.  The SEC is encouraging fans to arrive early and leave any unnecessary items at home or in their cars.  Fans who bring any bag into Mercedes-Benz Stadium or SEC FanFare should anticipate being delayed for search and bag exchange. CLICK HERE for more information from the official Southeastern Conference website. WSB-TV COVERAGE PLANS  Get the latest Dawgs news coverage Saturday at 10 a.m. on Channel 2’s Bulldogs Game Day. WSB Sports Director Zach Klein brings you exclusive interviews and insider information to get you prepared for the SEC Championship.  Then, you'll hear from the players and coaches after the SEC Championship game on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11.  WSB RADIO COVERAGE PLANS  News 95-5 & AM-750 WSB is the exclusive home of Georgia Football! WSB is the ONLY place to hear every play of the SEC Championship with the Voice of the Dawgs Scott Howard and UGA All American Eric Zeier.  Before the Dawgs face Alabama for the SEC Title, News 95-5 & AM-750 is the only place for in depth pre-game analysis from UGA legends Eric Zeier and Kevin Butler. The tailgate show starts at noon to get you ready for SEC Championship Game on the Home of the Dawgs -- News 95-5 & AM-750 WSB.