There’s a new mascot in town, and he’s horrifying. The Philadelphia Flyers want to introduce you to Gritty, a huge, fuzzy muppet-looking creature with an orange beard.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 24, 2018
Naturally, Twitter had a lot to say about Gritty and let’s just say the feelings were pretty much mutual. If the Flyers’ plan was to break the internet, well, it worked.
This reaction is too real:
— Jonathan Brown (@JLBfromDVM) September 24, 2018
He definitely looks like something from a Stephen King novel:
Flyers: “how can we get more kids to come to hockey games?”
— Matt Haggerty (@Matt_Swaggerty) September 24, 2018
You’ll never sleep again:
— David Serkin Ludwig (@DLudwigMusic) September 25, 2018
This is likely a true story:
"Oh no, that mascot costume is due today. Don't panic, don't panic. Just grab this hockey uniform…. And that carnival-game head that you throw baseballs at. Perfect! Now, all we need is a name that has nothing to do with hockey."@NHLFlyers #Gritty #grittynhl https://t.co/f8XOamkGjM
— darren sechrist (@DarrenSechrist) September 25, 2018
Gritty will come for you:
— Ryan Walton (@ClarkGriswold76) September 24, 2018
Halloween came early:
Well. The Flyers sure are getting into the Halloween spirit. #grittyNHL
— Aley (@aley0op) September 24, 2018
We can’t stress this enough. Nightmares:
Hey Gritty, looking forward to seeing you again in my night terrors. https://t.co/nB68ERbYiH
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) September 24, 2018
There’s even a petition for Gritty’s removal:
— Alex Kidwell (@KidwellAlex) September 24, 2018
Others thought he looked like Flyers’ forward Jakub Voracek (and Jakub seems to agree):
Meet Gritty, the Flyers new mascot.
Voracek told me he thought it was like looking in a mirror first time he saw it. So, there’s that. pic.twitter.com/UEynt2o3jq
— Taryn Hatcher (@TarynNBCS) September 24, 2018
— Huge Panthers Homer (@JoshLissVSN) September 24, 2018
What do you think about Gritty? Is he the worst?