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Flyers introduce new mascot 'Gritty'

Flyers introduce new mascot 'Gritty'

The Flyers made a new addition Monday and it's not a goalie.

Meet "Gritty," the team's mascot who was introduced at the Please Touch Museum's Hamilton Hall.

If "Gritty" isn't your new best friend, you don't understand friendship.

Like, look at this bud ...

"Gritty" marks the second mascot in team history, following "Slapshot."

"Gritty" has some excellent features. The eyes really grab you, the beard is in playoff form and he looks like he could throw a mean hip check.

Jakub Voracek was a bit blown away at first.

"I was looking in the mirror," Voracek said Saturday to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Taryn Hatcher.

"Jake in April or March with long hair and a long beard."

Like Voracek put it, mascots are great.

Welcome to Philadelphia, "Gritty." We can't wait to see you at the Wells Fargo Center. You'll fit in just fine, especially if you yell "SHOOOOOOOOT!" when Claude Giroux has the puck on the power play.

Get to know "Gritty" more (and his social media accounts) at the Flyers' official website.

"Gritty" joins an impressive group of Philadelphia mascots, highlighted by Soul Man (just kidding, the Phillie Phanatic clearly leads this mascot brethren):

• Phillie Phanatic (Phillies)
• Gritty (Flyers)
• Swoop (Eagles)
• Franklin (Sixers)
• Phang (Union)
• Soul Man (Soul)

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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.

Pick some PPA violations and we'll tell you which Philly athlete you are

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Pick some PPA violations and we'll tell you which Philly athlete you are

Is there anything more Philly than a Philadelphia Parking Authority violation? 

There is no greater sadness than walking out to your car, spotting that slim white and blue envelope on the front window from the distance, and just knowing it signifies: they got you. 

To those of us whom have fought this long battle, we salute you. While the PPA may have temporarily suspended some of their violations, we know it's only a matter of time before they emerge back and stronger than ever.

So, we've decided to create this handy little quiz for you to determine your Philly athelete personality, depending on the type of violation you will likely recieve next.