The Philadelphia Flyers made an announcement today, introducing Gritty, the team’s new mascot – and well… the reaction – at least on social media – has been interesting to say the least.

Hilarious, too.

Enter Gritty: Angle #1

I can just picture the lights of millions of homes popping on in the middle of the night as all the hockey children of the world wake up with a fear-induced scream.

At any angle possible, this furry concoction is 74% heinous and 24% something that only a Walter White induced high could generate.

That leaves 2%, because with this creation, it’s only right to leave “the number two” somehow in the mix.

Angle #2 (Fittingly)

The Flyers introduced Gritty today with the following video:

Twitter joined you alright, but I wouldn’t say welcomed.

Angle #3 (The Last One, Don’t Worry)

Seriously, how many cheesesteaks do I have to buy to get the city to retire this thing?

Review the comments on the social media posts and get a good laugh at the responses.  People brought their A-game when the Flyers clearly did not.

The Pelicans Thank You, Philly

After Gritty’s introduction, the first thing that honestly came to mind was from a few years back, when the New Orleans Pelicans were born.  The NBA franchise introduced a mascot of its own, creating nightmares from the first tip.

New Orleans eventually did the right thing and cut the first version loose, giving the pelican a major face lift.  But we still have to worry about King Cake Baby.

Better Half: Gritty – Which Side Are You On?

Gritty the Flyers mascot is a perfect fit for the “Better Half“, a new feature at The Wife Hates Sports, where we pick two clear sides and feature a semi-sports-related subject that the WIFE (or the better half as married women are called) can handle.

We choose a side, provide a quick high-level opinion and the audience votes.  It’s that simple.

KP’s HALF: Frightening

Gritty is frightening and not a mascot that I would consider a solid addition to a major sports franchise.  There are plenty of better options for mascots in this world, such as the Philly Phanatic, the Oregon Duck, Wally the Green Monster, the Oriole Bird, or the Phoenix Suns Gorilla.

This thing should pull a Vontae Davis and retire by the team’s first intermission.

The WIFE’s HALF: Pointless

There isn’t much of a change of opinion here.  When showing the WIFE the video posted by the Flyers on Twitter, she simply stated the following:

  • “What’s the point?”
  • “It looks like a mean Muppet!”
  • “It’s almost offensive in some ways”

She eventually settled on pointless, asking again what the point was to having this mascot, especially when it doesn’t really fit with the Flyers, other than the fact that it is orange.

The Final Say

When it comes to Gritty, who gets voted as the BETTER HALF?  Is Gritty more FRIGHTENING or just flat out POINTLESS?  Vote and join in on the discussion!

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