Team mascots in professional sports are supposed to hype up the fans, keep the momentum for the home team going, and haunt the eternal nightmares of all who witness them.
NHL team Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot on Monday. Meet Gritty.
Reaction online was mixed, to say the least.
Many were unsure of Gritty's wild orange fur, unblinking eyes, and how the second mascot in Flyers history threatened another iconic hockey mascot on social media almost immediately.
lol ok https://t.co/3sSJcbLSfF— Pittsburgh Penguins (@Pittsburgh Penguins)1537805034.0
@penguins Sleep with one eye open tonight, bird. https://t.co/wLmGBa0Oyh— Gritty (@Gritty)1537805564.0
Fan reactions poured in throughout the day, with many horrified by what this creature would bring to the sport.
@NHLFlyers @GrittyNHL TFW you're the most terrifying mascot in the NHL https://t.co/0IGCu00N82— Terry (@Terry)1537804057.0
Background on Gritty, who u must judge more for his work than appearance (shameful). In his early days by the nucle… https://t.co/xJrjxCL1rP— Corey Seidman (@Corey Seidman)1537806053.0
stared at the new Flyers mascot too long and now i have to take a walk— 2020 election themed pop-up bar (@2020 election themed pop-up bar)1537803260.0
I will say this: if you're going to bring in Gritty, BRING IN GRITTY. Don't just put him up on the concourse and ha… https://t.co/OjEUbNr8wU— Kurt (@Kurt)1537805368.0
is the flyers' new mascot literally a piece of dirt— audrey bowler (@audrey bowler)1537802895.0
GRITTY knows what you did https://t.co/pjO5MPIcb4— Chuck Wendig (@Chuck Wendig)1537824755.0
gritty is lit GRITTY IS LIT #GrittyIsLit— Chuck Wendig (@Chuck Wendig)1537827054.0
@NHLFlyers @GrittyNHL https://t.co/XLSv1utUDp— y - ♚ Brendan Page ♚ (@y - ♚ Brendan Page ♚)1537803191.0
@NHLFlyers @GrittyNHL Somehow a person came up with this idea. Even worse, someone approved that idea. And the appr… https://t.co/8Z6mkCyBo8— Kevin Narvaez (@Kevin Narvaez)1537806621.0
Good luck sleeping tonight. Don't look under your bed.
That's where Gritty lives...
I feel like if you put Gritty behind the glass behind the Flyers net, the goaltending issues would go away. Players… https://t.co/C3QMec3gfI— Rich Hofmann (@Rich Hofmann)1537805715.0