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Philly City Council passed a resolution honoring Gritty ... really

Philly City Council passed a resolution honoring Gritty ... really

The Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution Thursday honoring the great and humble mascot of the Flyers' hockey team.

What exactly does this resolution mean? We don't really know and probably not much but it is a glorious piece of writing by Councilmember At-Large Helen Gym.

Ms. Gym was quite excited to introduce the resolution before the Council today as demonstrated by her expert use of gif:

The resolution begins:

Welcoming Gritty, the new mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, and honoring the spirit and passion that Gritty has brought to the City of Philadelphia and to the entire country, both on and off the ice.

And includes gems such as:

WHEREAS, Gritty has been described as a 7-foot tall orange hellion, a fuzzy eldritch horror, a ghastly empty-eyed Muppet with a Delco beard, a cross of Snuffleupagus and Oscar the Grouch, a deranged orange lunatic, an acid trip of a mascot, a shaggy orange Wookiee-esque grotesquerie, a non-binary leftist icon, an orange menace, a raging id, and an antihero. He has been characterized as huggable but also potentially insurrectionary, ridiculous, horrifying, unsettling, and absurd; and

And the kicker really brings it home:

WHEREAS, Gritty may be a hideous monster, but he is our hideous monster; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Council of the City of Philadelphia welcomes Gritty, the new mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, and honors the spirit and passion that Gritty has brought to the City of Philadelphia and to the entire country, both on and off the ice.

God bless the city of Philadelphia and God bless Gritty.

The entire resolution can be read here. You can watch the vote below. As you can see, one council person opposed, simply stating, "He ugly."

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Eagles players come to Carson Wentz's defense after hit piece

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Eagles players come to Carson Wentz's defense after hit piece

Updated: 5:26 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was the subject of an article this morning calling out his leadership and blaming him for much of the team's struggles throughout the season.

The fact that this "hit piece" relied solely on anonymous sources raised plenty of questions among the Philly sports community.

Our own Eagles writer Dave Zangaro tackled a number of those issues rather methodically.

But there were plenty of others who took issue with the reporting in the piece. In fact, a number of Eagles players promptly took to social media to denounce it.

Fletcher Cox was the first big name to come to Carson's defense noting that "we are all behind him 100%."

Offensive lineman Brandon Brooks agreed with Fletch's take and backed it up with a rather humorous gif.

Zach Ertz, who was mentioned in the original piece as being targeted too much by Wentz, praised his quarterback as being a GREAT teammate.

Another offensive lineman, Lane Johnson, went the hashtag-fakenews route.

Nick Foles hasn't posted publicly but the third quarterback in their room felt the need to back up Wentz. Nate Sudfeld pointed out he spends as much time with Carson as anyone and sent a more lengthy note stating that "Philly is lucky to have [Wentz] leading the franchise."

Kamu Grugier-Hill also had a strong response to the story.

As did Stefen Wisniewski.

It wasn't only current teammates who spoke out, however, as Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith came to his old QBs defense as well.

We'll update this post as more players react to the latest story involving Philadelphia's franchise quarterback.

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Harper Watch 2019 in full effect in Philadelphia

Harper Watch 2019 in full effect in Philadelphia

Storm Tracker 2019 is in full effect this weekend as Winter Storm Harper is set to terrorize much of the East Coast.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's resident meteorologist Marc Farzetta has been tracking Harper's developments for what seems like months now and has your up-to-the-minute report right here.

"Harper will avoid D.C. all together passing right over for a big shot at Philadelphia and New York," Farzetta said.

"Some reports say there is a 100 percent chance this storm could hit Philadelphia. Other reports say there's a zero percent chance Harper hits Philadelphia. We're 60 percent sure one of those reports is correct."

Don't forget about the possibility of other storms as well.

"According to our Salisbury model, Winter Storm Manny is also set to hit the Philadelphia area," Farzetta said. "We'll have to wait and see if it does. It's a very, very slow-moving storm front. No hustle in this storm, you could say. But when it hits, it hits hard."

Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals fans are keeping as close an eye on these developments as Phillies fans.

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