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Deep Blue Sea: Gritty’s Big Day

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NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers congratulates teammate Jakub Voracek #93 after he scored a goal in the third period against the New Jersey Devils on February 16, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The Ph
I think he’ll fit right in with these hairy orange boys.
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We have to admit something, Sharks fans:

We have Good Mascot Privilege™.

Sharkie is fine. Maybe great, even! He’s a normal-enough-looking Shark, who gives Brent Burns weirdly intimate hugs and bangs a drum in the crowd at games. It’s easy to take this good fish boy for granted, but sometimes we need to take a moment to sit down and really appreciate how lucky we are to have a mascot that isn’t completely and utterly nightmare-inducing.

Sorry, Philadelphia.

The Flyers have gone this long without a mascot. And somehow, I feel like a hairy orange dude is a pretty apt description of more than a few of their players, so maybe they’re onto something with this guy.

But did he have to have googly eyes?

There were plenty of Gritty memes on Twitter yesterday, so feel free to share your favorites below.

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