'Kitten Bowl' features 71 LI felines

A "Kitten Bowl"competitor races to recover a fumble A "Kitten Bowl"competitor races to recover a fumble during the inaugural game, which airs Super Bowl Sunday on the Hallmark Channel. Photo Credit: Marc Lemoine / Crown Media

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An inaugural "Kitten Bowl" featuring Beth Stern as the host and Yankees announcer John Sterling calling the action, debuted Sunday at noon on the Hallmark Channel with an all-Long Island lineup.

The pre-taped program, which was filmed in October, consisted of two playoff games and a championship match, along with basic obstacle courses of hurdles, tunnels, hoops, jumps, weave poles and lasers.

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Celebrities such as Nicky Hilton, Rachael Ray and Regis Philbin got into the action, making guests appearances. 

All 71 kittens, which have since been adopted, came from North Shore Animal League in Port Washington and Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh. They were split into four teams -- the Last Hope Lions, Cedar Cove Cougars, Home & Family Felines and the North Shore Bengals, which emerged the victors.

The program was a hit among animal lovers and their furry companions. On social media, #KittenBowl was trending and dozens of people tweeted photos of their cats watching the on-screen feline action. 

Fans also could vote on Twitter and Facebook for their favorite players to win the Most Valuable Kitten award. As of 7:15 p.m., no one had been crowned yet, but Ferrell Owens, Snowball and Tomcat Brady had the most votes.

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