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The Philadelphia Flyers have unveiled their first mascot since the 1970s, and it's a heck of a thing. "Gritty" appears to be the result of a gene-splicing experiment involving the Lorax, Grimace, "Animal" from The Muppets, Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas and a Tide pod, with the resulting creature having mainlined Wawa extra bold coffee to stay awake for several straight days. Do we like it? The default setting in our cynical world is to ridicule any new mascot as "atrocious" or "horrifying nightmare fuel." While the latter description may be apt, "Gritty" seems like a goofy, worthy addition to the pantheon of NHL mascots and to a city that the similarly wobble-bellied Phillie Phanatic calls home. In a ‘pass or fail' test, we'll give it a pass. Even if its name should have been "Bully" and it should have worn goalie gear, as most unofficial Flyers mascots have through the years.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN17h ago

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