It's Gritty! Philadelphia Flyers' new mascot is pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel

The Philadelphia Flyers Unveil Their New Mascot, And Social Media Loses Its Mind

The Philadelphia Flyers Unveil Their New Mascot, And Social Media Loses Its Mind

And judging by the amount that were simply GIFs of fright and terror, the orange and black seemed more akin to Halloween than the Flyers team. His bio says he is loyal and mischievous and earned his name by displaying a gritty attitude, much like that of the Flyers.

Well, the Flyers explained that recent construction at their arena disturbed his secret hideout "forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time". We think that the people tweeting about Gritty for the social karma will be the same people stopping to snap a selfie, or buying a plush doll for their kid. 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.

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot on Monday and saw a mixed reaction from Twitter users and sports fans alike.

That being said, there's no denying that he's one of our own.

The Pittsburgh Penguins quote-tweeted Gritty's handle, with a simple, "lol ok", to which Gritty replied, alongside a ominous GIF: "Sleep with one eye open tonight, bird".

Twitter was abuzz after the team's announcement Monday morning, mostly mocking the "talented but feisty" mascot. Which, when comparing the two, you can clearly see Raymond's oeuvre at work.