BREAKING NEWS: After failing to find employment on Sesame Street, or with the Muppets, and having never heard back from Jeff Dunham; Gritty, the large, orange… thing, finds a new home with the Philadelphia Flyers. An appropriate fit, as the mascot bares a striking resemblance to Danny DeVito from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Uncanny, isn’t it? They could be twins.
But seriously folks, this is Gritty. Gritty is the Flyers’ new mascot. The Flyers haven’t had a mascot in a long time, and ironically enough, their last ones’ name was Slapshot.
Little is known about what happened to Slapshot of Philly, but despite his disarming appearance, one certainly can’t hope the same fate befalls Gritty. I mean, we hardly know the guy. But you know how the internet is. Let’s take a look at some knee-jerk reactions to this big, orange fella.
He may be called Gritty, but I think a more apt name would be My Creamsicle Nightmare. The good news is that I have found my Halloween costume this year though, so thank you for that, #Flyers! pic.twitter.com/dpHjYLn6WO
— Cara Spilsbury (@CaraSpils) September 24, 2018
“HERE’S GRITTY!” pic.twitter.com/DFIIn1Qlli
— Matt Mullin (@matt_mullin) September 24, 2018
— ♚ Brendan Page ♚ (@BrendanDrPepper) September 24, 2018
gritty is youppi’s cousin who has fallen into some hard times & everyone is trying to help him get better pic.twitter.com/53a67lvBIx
— Mononc Écoeurant (@MononcEcouerant) September 24, 2018
BE UNAFRAID CHILDREN FOR I AM GRITTY. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SLEEP FOREVER AS I DEVOUR YOUR SOULS. pic.twitter.com/mjtFv4hgEv
— CogginToboggan (@CogginToboggan) September 24, 2018
Meet the Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot, “Flaming Hot Cheetos Soaked In Acid” https://t.co/T1rHAE4OVd pic.twitter.com/jItlnIMyxt
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) September 24, 2018
Fold the franchise https://t.co/T0H7MbAFA1
— Brian Coulter (@PhilaBCoulter) September 24, 2018
Quick n dirty pic.twitter.com/zD6GzhjD8S
— Chris Covers (@ChrisCoverSongs) September 24, 2018
They said the Eagles winning the Super Bowl would be the greatest day in the history of Philadelphia sports.
THEY WERE WRONG. https://t.co/9cX5GLZBe2
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 24, 2018
— BuzzFeedPhillySports (@buzzfeedphl) September 24, 2018
Guys, I’m being sincere, this just doesn’t work. Gritty has hidden bodies under floor boards
— Geoff (@geoffmang) September 24, 2018
— #1 Nik Antropov Fan (@hockeylake72) September 24, 2018
Apparently good mascot ideas are as elusive as the 2nd Round of the playoffs or quality goaltending
— Franzke & LA (@FranzkeLA) September 24, 2018
BUUUUUURN! Oh man, I actually laughed at loud at that last one, myself.
But it isn’t all bad. They say all you need in life is a few good friends; that those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. So things are on the up and up for Gritty despite facing critical backlash in his first few hours in the public eye. The rest of the NHL mascots seem to be very happy to have a new friend in the “Furturnity”, and many of them have publicly praised Gritty and welcomed him to the community. Despite representing different teams, all the mascots appear to be good friends, and are a subtle reminder that we’re all hockey fans before teams divide us. In a day and age wherein Cyberbullying is at an all-time high and peoples’ opinions are torn apart for no good reason other than the party listening disagreeing with them, the mascots’ acceptance of Gritty was a breath of fresh air.
For starters, our own Slapshot made friends with his division rival using a knee slapper of a pun.
Welcome #Gritty! Orange you glad to be part of the league? https://t.co/HDZGoitK5A
— Slapshot (@Caps_Slapshot) September 24, 2018
Great beard, jazz hands on point… welcome to the League, @GrittyNHL!!! 🍊👐🎉 https://t.co/naYTyeKkrt
— Howler Coyote (@HowlerCoyote) September 24, 2018
First day in the league and already stealing my dance moves?!
See ya at All-Star Rookie 😏 https://t.co/O9vtwpcoAI
— Victor E. Green (@VictorEGreen) September 24, 2018
Welcome to the @NHL and the “#Furturnity” @GrittyNHL! #NHLMascots 😺+🧔=👍 https://t.co/5dpyFFwLqt
— Stanley C. Panther (@StanleyCPanther) September 24, 2018
Welcome @GrittyNHL to the club! I’ve got a quick layover in philly today on my way to #KraftHockeyville in New York… we could meet up! #NHLMascots
— Stinger (@StingerCBJ) September 24, 2018
Looking forward to meeting you @GrittyNHL welcome to the @NHL https://t.co/YZ1iLm4xDY
— LouieSTLBlues (@LouieSTLBlues) September 24, 2018
Never met a grit I didn’t like. Welcome to the @NHL family! https://t.co/bsHYQkBDVW
— Stormy (@NHLStormy) September 24, 2018
Welcome to the @nhl @GrittyNHL. https://t.co/ucMhXeGnVi
— Gnash (@Gnash00) September 24, 2018
Please welcome the newest member of the nhl mascot family to twitter… it’s @GrittyNHL pic.twitter.com/xMRxXoPv1O
— #SJSharkie (@sjsharkie) September 24, 2018
Hey Gritty https://t.co/l5gWSYg2wf
— Bailey LA Kings (@BaileyLAKings) September 24, 2018
Welcome to the league! https://t.co/wWNI9gWeHo
— FIN (@CanucksFIN) September 24, 2018
lol ok https://t.co/3sSJcbLSfF
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 24, 2018
It would appear Iceburgh, on the other hand, isn’t as amused with Gritty as the rest of the NHL Mascot Gang.
The Flyers are currently undergoing a rebuild phase, and despite this, are pretty good. Good enough, that is, to make it into the playoffs despite labeling themselves a rebuilding team. Gritty might not be an essential part of the team’s success, but his presence will be felt everywhere in the Wells Fargo Center this coming season, and his attempts to boost team morale just might help the Flyers bring some more excitement to the city of brotherly love in the future.
Welcome to the league, Gritty. We hope you find your legs soon.
Gritty having a bad first day on the job @spittinchiclets pic.twitter.com/24er9dA4gL
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 25, 2018
By: Chris Laroche
What the hell even is that thing?
I’d like to know it the marketing department really thought it would be a good idea to give a mascot a name that rhymes with “Shitty”
This has to be a publicity stunt…..like “New Coke”.