Here it is: Another Super Bowl without a Chicago team playing in it - or any other NFL team from the Midwest, for that matter.
What's a sports fan to do?
Try switching the television channel over to the Animal Planet to watch what's billed as "The Biggest Event on All Fours!"
Those fluffy, cute, ever-entertaining canines are returning for the Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl IX!" The action starts at 2 p.m. (central time) Sunday, Feb. 3, on the Animal Planet channel.
Of course, a new batch of shelter puppies will be providing this year's action.
Never heard of the Puppy Bowl?
First, I say, where have you been? Then, I say: No worries, lots of people haven't - probably because the show is aired on a cable/ dish channel to which a lot of people don't subscribe.
So, let me fill you in on what you're missing.
The ninth annual Puppy Bowl features a loveable lineup "that's itching to play in a winning combination of terrier tackles, touchdowns, puppy penalties, fumbles and Fido first downs," according to Animal Planet.
Fan favorites will once again be featured: the Water Bowl Cam, the slow motion "Cute Cam," hamsters flying in a blimp, the kitten halftime show, "Meep" the Tweeting bird sideline reporter tweeting game updates (follow @MeetTheBird), and the hedgehog cheerleaders.
New this year is the debut of the puppy hot tub, where puppy players can take a break from the action and relax. Also new: puppy penalties and behind the scenes footage.
See you Sunday, Pupppy Fans!