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A mascot's guide to quarantine

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A mascot's guide to quarantine

Yes, we’re missing our nightly puck drops, tip-offs and first pitches. But, don’t forget our beloved mascots of Brotherly Love also affected by the pause in the sports world.

As we do our best to pass the time, let’s look back at Gritty, Franklin and the Phillie Phanatic’s Instagram feeds for isolation inspiration.

*Swoop, we love you — we just have ways away before kickoff. Plus, you also don’t have an Instagram.

Have a photoshoot

Franklin ‘Fit Check

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Spotted: 2 Legends 👀

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Put that self-timer on your phone to good use.

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100% that Grit. #Grizzo

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Just be mindful of what you decide to post.

 

Have a dance party

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*whispers* Wham!

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Dance like nobody’s watching. 

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A little Kid, a little Play 😋

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As much as we love a properly executed Kid ‘n Play, maybe pass on the dance duets. Or maybe take a page out of Matisse Thybulle’s book, Franklin.

 

Chat with your Pet

They don’t require toilet paper and are pretty good listeners.

 

Read a Book (Or Two)

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I just like to read the pictures

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Follow along with Tobias Harris, if you’re feeling up for it.

 

Design a tattoo

Perhaps modeled after some of our furry mascot friends?

 

At Home Makeover

Try out a new look or two for your post-isolation debut.

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Brotherly. Love.

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Hopefully, you’re friends will be supportive, too.

 

Meditate

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Yes, this is how I watch road games. #PhilaUnite

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Find your zen.

 

Maintain Proper Hygiene

We would not recommend hiding in a trashcan during this time.

 

Practice Social Distancing

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Cartwheelin’ into the weekend 🙌

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No.

Nope.

A+ for content, F for social distancing.

Clearly, they need to work on that — but hopefully now you have some ideas to fill the days.

Stay safe out there, folks.

Did you miss Gritty playing Jenga? Scott Hartnell sure didn't

Did you miss Gritty playing Jenga? Scott Hartnell sure didn't

Gritty has certainly kept himself busy during quarantine and continues to find ways to keep the fun alive. 

On the agenda for today was a classic game of Jenga … but he played by himself. The Flyers went live on Instagram and their in-host arena Andrea Helfrich joined the party to feed questions and block suggestions for the mascot — who was clearly in the zone and couldn’t pause to read comments. 

It drew in a lot of attention. Some from other mascots around the NHL and mostly Flyers fans — but a familiar face even needed to check in on his friend. 

*Scott Hartnell enters the chat* 

The beloved former-Flyer joined in on the fun and to see how his friend was doing. 


Honestly, kudos to Gritty for building such a solid tower. Jenga isn’t easy with regular hands, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be with paws. 

Eventually, the tower did fall — but apparently the mascot will be back on Instagram tomorrow with a new activity. I hope he’s coloring or cooking, personally, but any Gritty content is content I can’t wait to see. 

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Gritty is the new 'Tiger King' in Joe Exotic-style music video

Gritty is the new 'Tiger King' in Joe Exotic-style music video

Two things that have kept Philadelphia sports fans busy while holed up at home over the past few days are the exploits of everyone's favorite mascot, Gritty, and Netflix's wildly popular and truly bizarre docu-series "Tiger King."

Now, if you haven't seen "Tiger King" just yet, it'd be foolish to have someone attempt to explain it to you in detail. It's bonkers crazy, with amazing twists and turns.

But to get the gist of Gritty's video, all you need to know is the main character is a tiger-loving man who calls himself Joe Exotic who has a long-standing feud with a woman who runs a "rival" zoo/company called Big Cat Rescue. Someone disappears, there may have been a murder, there may be some weird sex cult things going on, and there's maybe a murder-for-hire plot.

So, stuff Gritty is probably into.

Oh, and Joe Exotic makes country music tunes about it all — with videos! Which Gritty is parroting below.

Here's the original "I Saw a Tiger" video by Joe Exotic:

The lyrics are pretty simple: "I saw a tiger. And a tiger saw a man."

But what if a tiger saw Gritty?!? Makes you think.

Thank you to Joe Exotic and Gritty for bringing this into our lives.

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