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National Geographic counters Super Bowl with 'Goldfish Bowl'

Goldfish in fishbowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - As the Puppy Bowl and the Kitten Bowl aim to delight cable TV's cute animal lovers, another network will offer an underwater alternative to the Super Bowl: the four-hour goldfish bowl.

Animal Planet has counterprogrammed the NFL championship for the past few years with its own "Puppy Bowl," where adorable pups romp with each other on a football-themed set. Recently, the Hallmark Channel said it would try the same idea on Feb. 2, but with kittens.

On Friday, the Nat Geo Wild network said it has an idea that will make the Christmastime "Yule Log" broadcast look like exciting TV. "Fish Bowl," airing from 6 to 10 p.m. EST on Super Bowl Sunday, will show goldfish swimming around a bowl.

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droths1322 January 11 2014 at 10:48 AM

it should read y f k m

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tibbs400 January 11 2014 at 8:03 AM

With the money wasted on these stupid ideas for broadcast, why not close the station, put up an old style test pattern and let everyone off work and feed the homeless or buy meds for the elderly with the money saved?

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Alan January 11 2014 at 8:10 AM

Thye bowl on the right is O.K., the bowl on the left doesn't have enough "O" for all those fish.

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bobbyeve January 11 2014 at 8:03 AM

I think football is an idiotic game anyway.

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Paul FIQUET January 11 2014 at 8:28 AM

football American style is brutal and beats up on players who later will be suffering physically and mentally for the rest of their lives and they call that sport ?

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Eric Paul FIQUET January 11 2014 at 10:14 AM

While you're pondering that question you're going to need a little more information before formulating an answer. The players....is someone forcing them to play? Is it not a consensual contract they are signing?

Yes, it is a sport. But like so much in life YOU do not need to involve yourself if you choose not to, how much simpler does it have to be to satisfy you?

Myself, I have zero interest in attending, watching or being aware of a football game. In the old days they palyed the Superbowl during the day. So I took the kids to the zoo or a park or a museum......everything was empty, traffic was very light, parking was easy. But that choice of disinterest does not cause football to not be a sport.

Soccer, rugby....polo. Lots of sports are hard on the participants and in the case of polo the horses don't get a say in the brutality they will be participating in. Me, I used to skydive. Talk about brutal! Land wrong and you may be dead. But since you are apparently not American.....soccer and rugby, you play one of those in your country yes? Yeah, those are easy on the body.

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hermans.dad Eric January 11 2014 at 10:27 AM

I agree Eric. And as for American football being hard on the players, what of the spectators at soccer games? After a team loses, their socalled supporters have been known to riot, to beat the hell out of the winning teams supporters AND team members AND referees. Ahhh yes, I can see how European football is so much more sophisticated

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cgssnavickas Paul FIQUET January 11 2014 at 12:31 PM

EVERY sport has risks involved, and no one forces these people into them. I suppose you think that rugby and European football are easy on the body. At least American football fans don't cause riots and burning of stadiums when their teams lose.

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cgssnavickas cgssnavickas January 11 2014 at 12:33 PM

This was a reply to Paul, not you, Eric.

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irishtimesguy January 11 2014 at 7:39 AM

I'll be watching. You don't have to fight crowds, get beer spilled on you, be afraid of someone trying to beat you up because you like "the other team", don't have to pay to park or stand in line to take a pee. Also the fish aren't selfish immature millionaires crying for more money because they're getting hurt playing a game that they asked to play.

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Allien irishtimesguy January 11 2014 at 8:02 AM

The playoff games are usually better than the "super" bowl anyway. And the best seat in the house is in front of a nice tv about 10 feet from your refrigerator. One added bonus, you can record it, and bypass all the "hoopla" that's involved in what use to be a great tradition. I know,,,,,I'm old.

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Eric Allien January 11 2014 at 10:17 AM

Old.........or just wiser with age?

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Leon Stark January 11 2014 at 9:43 AM

Aside from the commercials, which can be rather clever at times (when they aren't incredibly stupid!), I have been watching the "Puppy Bowl" since its start. I may check out the "Kitten Bowl" and the "Goldfish Bowl" as alternatives.

I just could not care less about oversteroided humanoid males attempting to maneuver an oblate spheroid over one hundred meters of open ground while attempting to do grievous bodily damage to the other team members. It is the Gladiatorial Games for the second millennium. Or have we regressed that far?

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pmrspnj2 January 11 2014 at 5:26 AM

at least the goldfish are not trying to hurt and maim each other.
the gold fish may be more interesting than the super (why is it super anyhow ?) bowl

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Leon Stark pmrspnj2 January 11 2014 at 9:52 AM

I have tended to call it the "stupor bowl" anyway.

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tamiern45 January 11 2014 at 11:44 AM

will they ALL be those orange ones shone above or will be get some black moors, calico fantails and red-cap orandas too ? you know, just to make it classy and diverse,...

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