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Penguins troll Flyers’ new mascot ‘Gritty’

Frank Carnevale
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This could have gone better, but then it’s the Flyers…

The NHL team decided to add a new mascot and unveiled “Gritty” on Monday.

The origin story of the mascot, available on the team’s website , says that “his father was a ‘bully.’” — a possible nod to the Flyers teams of the 1970s, who were known as the “Broad Street Bullies.”

It goes on to describe him as “talented but feisty, a fierce competitor.” He’s also “mischievous; the ultimate Flyers fan who loves the orange and black, but is unwelcoming to anyone who opposes his team.”

Well, the Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t impressed. They tweeted: “lol ok.”

Gritty responded:

The mascot was revealed Monday morning during an event at the Please Touch Museum, a children’s museum in Philadelphia, in front of students from across the city, reported WPVI-TV .

The mascot hits the ice Monday night when the Flyers play the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center.

It’s the first mascot for the team since “Slapshot” lasted one season in 1976.

Many fans didn’t immediately take to the new mascot. Some of the Twitter comments were brutal:

The Phillie Phanatic , though, was looking forward to getting together.

Phillies fans were amused and worried for the Phanatic.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, [email protected] or via Twitter @frnkstar.

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