In case you missed Monday's official unveiling of Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers' new mascot, brace yourself. This wild, orange beast is truly the stuff of childhood nightmares. To say that Gritty has been met with mixed reviews would be the understatement of the century. After all… again this guy is the stuff of childhood nightmares… I mean… just look at him:
What in Holy Hell is that THING!?!?!
It's worse... check out Gritty's dance moves:
Oh. My. God. Pure nightmare fuel. Please... make it go away.
As if Gritty's horrifying appearance wasn't enough, just check out this description of the NHL's newest mascot, courtesy of the Flyers' official website:
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.
Reaction around the NHL to Gritty was... well let's just say that the freak was met with decidedly mixed reviews. Some people love the "over the top" and wild look of the monster, while others (this writer included) think he looks more like a cracked out psychopath. Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who happens to be one of the best follows on all of social media, offered up his take on Gritty.
Check it out:
Us too, Lu... us too. *Shudders*