Flyers introduce Gritty, their new team mascot

Could 'Gritty' be the scariest mascot ever

Could 'Gritty' be the scariest mascot ever

The reaction across the internet so far has been a mixture of fear and humor.but mostly fear.

If you don't like Gritty, it's probably not for you, and that's OK.

They also note that he is "feisty" and a "fierce competitor, known for his agility given his size".

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.

The name "Gritty" stems from his "possessing an attitude so similar to the team he follows", the Flyers said.

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The team says some recent construction at Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout, forcing him to reveal himself for the first time publicly. He has some oddities that are both humorous and unusual.

The team says Gritty was recently "found" by the team, uncovered during large-scale construction and renovations now taking place at the Wells Fargo Center.

Even Flyers fans are mortified by "Gritty".

"It's not my mascot", right winger Wayne Simmonds told the Courier-Post at Flyers practice Monday morning.

According to the Flyers press release, the team consulted with none other than Dave Raymond, the self-described Mascot Guru and creator of the Phillie Phanatic. "I've never seen that thing before in my life". But with a mascot like this, it seems more like a unusual cult.

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