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Philadelphia Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments

Posted: 10:54 AM, Sep 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-25 15:14:56Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard.

The character's debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including  "Good luck sleeping  tonight, Flyers fans" and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. Twitter users created memes with Gritty taking the place of horror-movie villains and splicing his head onto other disturbing images.

The cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins tweeted,  "lol ok"  — to which Gritty responded,  "Sleep with one eye open  tonight, bird."

The reaction seemed to be exactly what the Flyers were going for. Gritty's  final tweet of the day  included the message, "Goodnight, internet," and a photo of the crazed-looking mascot squeezing what looked to be Champagne out of a squirt bottle.