I love the National Hockey League, but sometimes it does the most inexplicable and cheesy things to promote itself. Like the time the Ottawa Senators did a super corny 300-style pre-game ceremony, which was the funniest thing in league history until the Vegas Golden Knights did this whole Medieval Times thing at a playoff game in 2018. But this week the Philadelphia Flyers might have outdone them all, because they introduced their new team mascot Gritty (yes his name is really “Gritty”), and it is super creepy.
Join us in welcoming the newest member of the #Flyers Family, @GrittyNHL!!
Learn more about Gritty: https://t.co/eQRwTtD54w pic.twitter.com/njHQO1824b
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 24, 2018
As if mascots weren’t inherently weird enough…
We’d say “oh dear god,” but Gritty might be proof there is no god. (As is his “only-the-NHL-would-think-this-is-a-cool” intro.)
But while this abomination–which we imagine will bring joy to very disturbed children–might be terrifying, the internet at least had some fun with it, because memes were created to make light of something born of darkness, which Gritty himself embraced.
Goodnight, internet. pic.twitter.com/gx2Pbxfcds
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) September 25, 2018
You can’t unsee that. You just can’t. It’s probably why Gritty reminds so many people of another “kid-friendly” monster.
sleep tight, gritty pic.twitter.com/bVvM1E8ZJW
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 25, 2018
— nick (@nick_pants) September 25, 2018
Gritty is gonna eat us, right?
— Mateo Francisco (@mattyfran77) September 25, 2018
When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth… pic.twitter.com/pt1FeExxau
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) September 25, 2018
Gritty please murder me with your t shirt cannon pic.twitter.com/zdfI4lf8NS
— Tucker (@tuckermarkus) September 25, 2018
Did a background check on Gritty and here is what we found… pic.twitter.com/HuR29OHybW
— Bob Kelly (@BobKellyFOX29) September 25, 2018
— Mike Loftus (@MikeLoftus_) September 25, 2018
i’m afraid to make fun of Gritty because that is the face of a mascot who has killed a man and will do it again pic.twitter.com/OvBihL6YQF
— steve rogers is a riveters fan (@rivs_are_rollin) September 25, 2018
Yes, he is definitely going to eat us. Don’t worry though, not every meme will haunt you.
— Rob Baker (@bake69vp) September 25, 2018
IT FEELS LIKE GRITTSMAS! pic.twitter.com/FAKogaHgWF
— Billy (@BillyBobThomps) September 25, 2018
— Green Action (@brandon_schlesi) September 25, 2018
Don’t do drugs, kids. @NHLFlyers @NHL @GrittyNHL #NHL #Flyers #Mascot #Gritty pic.twitter.com/LaV2iz3VNa
— RogueSasquatch (@sasquatch_rogue) September 25, 2018
Gritty is a consensus builder and what the world needs right now. pic.twitter.com/g2H0zlf5CR
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) September 25, 2018
Zero imagination by the Flyers. “Gritty” is just “Youpi” after an ugly divorce and a meth addiction. #habs #flyers #gritty pic.twitter.com/mfk8Ta7uHn
— Kyle Radke (@thekyleradke) September 25, 2018
*Playing 20 questions*
Me: Ok, I’m thinking of someone.
Boyfriend: Is it Gritty?
Me: Yes. pic.twitter.com/ZjbGZEbWLc
— kate rath (@kates_rath) September 25, 2018
Is our very own Ben McShane on to something? Could Gritty #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.
Yet Another Gritty Warner Brothers Reboot pic.twitter.com/jWy9ERtesl
— Ben McShane (@TeeVeeBen) September 25, 2018
Of course, no meme is quite as funny as a brand new hockey mascot not knowing ice is slippery.
Please don’t tell Gritty we laughed at him though.
He scares the shit out of us.
What’s the best Gritty meme you saw? Share it with us in the comments below so we can ignore the truth about this new nightmare.
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