Flyers Unveil Bizarre New Mascot, Internet Convulses

'Gritty' drew a massive response online
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2018 2:17 AM CDT
The Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty, takes to the ice during the first intermission of the Flyers' preseason NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Monday, Sept, 24, 2018, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
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(Newser) – The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot—a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard. The character's debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including "Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans" and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. The cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins tweeted, "lol ok"—to which Gritty responded, "Sleep with one eye open tonight, bird." Twitter users created memes with Gritty taking the place of horror-movie villains and splicing his head onto other disturbing images. The reaction seemed to be exactly what the Flyers were going for, the AP reports. Gritty's final tweet of the day included the message, "Goodnight, internet," and a photo of the crazed-looking mascot squeezing what looked to be champagne out of a squirt bottle. (Read more Philadelphia Flyers stories.)

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