Ever since debuting late last month, Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty seems to be everywhere. In case you’ve tried to completely erase the horrific beast from your memory, here’s some nightmare fuel:
Join us in welcoming the newest member of the #Flyers Family, @GrittyNHL!!
Nightmare fuel. I mean... just check out this monster's bio:
His father was a "bully," so naturally he has some of those tendencies - talented but feisty, a fierce competitor, known for his agility given his size. He's loyal but mischievous; the ultimate Flyers fan who loves the orange and black, but is unwelcoming to anyone who opposes his team. Legend has it he earned the name "Gritty" for possessing an attitude so similar to the team he follows.
He claims that he's been around for a lot longer than we know it, and recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time. He has some oddities that are both humorous and strange. A number of times he's been caught eating snow straight from the Zamboni machine, and unbeknown to most, his love of hot dogs has been inflating the Flyers Dollar Dog Night consumption totals for years.
That being said, there's no denying that he's one of our own.
Who can forget Gritty’s on ice debut? The giant orange monster took quite a tumble… maybe he didn’t know that ice is actually VERY slippery?
Gritty having a bad first day on the job @spittinchiclets
To end his first day on the job, Gritty “broke the Internet” ala Kim Kardashian:
From there Gritty made an appearance on Good Morning America:
GOOD MORNING, AMERICAAAA!!
...and finally an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
Thanks for the New York minute, @jimmyfallon.
You, me, Claude...lunch?
Last night's appearance though... it takes the cake. WWE fans may have noticed a GIANT Gritty face lurking in the crowd during last night's live taping of Monday Night Raw.
Check it out:
The present beware. The future beware. He's coming.
HE'S COMING. #RAWisGRITTY
IMPOSTER! That's not the real Gritty! Unless... Gritty can be ANYWHERE... at least in spirit. Kind of like Santa Claus. Except, unlike Santa Claus, Gritty is real. Too real.