Flyers Unveil New Mascot - Gritty
So that's what it Jake Voracek would look like if he didn't shave for 2 years.
And then asked Dave Hakstol to rename him.
After a series of teaser trailers on Twitter over the last week, the Flyers announced their second mascot in franchise history (the first was the shortlived "Slapshot" in 1970) - Gritty, a giant orange ball of who knows what that is probably related to the Phillie Phanatic in some way, shape or form.
Per the Flyers official website (flyers.nhl.com):
"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."
The reaction to Gritty has been mixed to say the least, but if the Flyers main goal was attention, they got it. Everyone from Good Morning America to TIME Magazine has chipped in their two cents about Gritty. Remember kids, all publicity is good publicity.
He may be off to a bit of a rough start in the public eye and on the ice, but I'm sure that Gritty will grow to be loved by Flyers fans in no time.
See, he's already well on his way to becoming a fan favorite.