Knowing Gritty, we just assumed those were road trip snacks but now we see they served a greater purpose. The tanning oils must have helped Gritty soak up the spotlight and the aloe plant, we can only assume, was for soothing the sick burns he leveled at his mascot frenemies.
From assaulting a referee during the mascot dodgeball game to pulling yet another talent — juggling — out of his beard, here’s a run down of Gritty’s antics at the NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose, Calif.
Honestly, we’re surprised the NHL got Gritty to agree to sit down and sign autographs, given that he’s yet to find time to accept his citation from Philadelphia City Council.
We’re not sure if Gritty charged for his signature, but the way he signed and threw them for his adoring fans to chase after was priceless.
He did all this while a shark ate the head of a small child next to him — and Gritty didn’t even ask for a single bite. And people say he has no restraint!
Gritty had no problem expressing his loyalty to the finest city in these United States of America when he encountered hockey fans from other places.
According to one observer, Gritty insisted that a Sharks fan who caught a rally towel he intended for a Flyers fan turn it over — and he did — because that’s the kind of power our mascot wields.
Another fan lost his hat to Gritty’s antics. Gritty even stopped a photo he was taking with an adoring child to pick a fight with a grown man in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey — NHL Network reporter E.J. Hradek.
Take note: One way Gritty shows his aggression is by lifting his shirt to his expose his outie belly button, which is ever-changing in color. This weekend, it appears to have changed between neon green and purple, but it’s also been spotted in orange.
The Flyers have yet to explain Gritty’s kaleidoscopic umbilicus: Is it a mood belly button? Does he get it dyed for special occasions? Whatever the reason, it’s certain to have us navel gazing for some time.
Listen, if you’re going to ref a game of dodgeball among NHL mascots, you better be prepared to bleed your own blood.
While Gritty had some sweet moments during the mascot dodgeball game last weekend, like showing off his mad juggling skills, the highlight came when he had a bad reaction to a call that resulted in his ouster from the game.
You think Saints fans get angry at bad calls? You’ve never met Gritty.
His gut reaction was to promptly march over to the ref and punch him four times squarely in the gullet.
The weekend’s fastest-skater competition pitted Gritty against the hometown favorite, S.J. Sharkie of the San Jose Sharks.
Needless to say, Gritty made sardines out of him.
It’s no secret that Gritty is best friends with Claude Giroux, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers and a fellow ginger.
But Gritty’s devotion was on full display every time he saw Giroux over the All-Star Weekend. We’re actually a bit worried for Giroux’s safety.
While Giroux took it all in stride, it does seem he’s slightly concerned that Gritty may be way more into him than he is into Gritty. As Giroux told one announcer, with a slight quiver in his voice: “It’s our first year together. Our relationship grew really fast.”
During the red carpet event, Gritty carried around a tray of Aquafina water bottles and tried to photobomb every player he could.
The antics were a play on the Fiji Water Girl from the Golden Globes, who became a meme after she was spotted in the background of numerous celebrity red-carpet photos carrying a tray of Fiji water.
But Gritty’s photobombing didn’t stop there, because how could it?
Gritty, thank you for being a shining star and a true representative of Philadelphia at NHL’s All-Star Weekend.