Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a Neanderthal-like hulk with googly eyes

Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a Neanderthal-like hulk with googly eyes

Twitter was abuzz after the team's announcement Monday morning, mostly mocking the "talented but feisty" mascot.

According to a release form the Flyers, "Gritty" was forced out of a hermit-like existence when construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout.

Gritty - who is officially described by the National Hockey League team as "a seven-foot, orange, fuzzy creature" - will make his debut Monday night in a preseason game against the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. He has some oddities that are both humorous and unusual. His bio also describes him as "the ultimate Flyers fan" and "loyal but mischievous", with a penchant for eating snow left behind by the Zamboni ice-cleaning machine.

That being said, there's no denying that he's one of our own. That is literally a b-plot from Five Nights at Freddy's.

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Because this is the internet - where everyone hates being here but nonetheless show up anyway and needs to do something to pass the time - the initial reaction to Gritty's existence is, as you'd expect, less than positive.

Gritty even had the ideal creepy response to the Pittsburgh Penguins mocking him on Twitter.

If you're like me, you can't help but notice the deluge of meth jokes.

See? Told you. Cold-blooded killer.

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