PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - We repeat: Is there anything Gritty can't do?
The once scoffed, now beloved mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers stunned the Louis Brown Athletic Center at Rutgers University Friday night when he sunk a half-court shot during halftime.
By Monday morning, the seven-foot sensation joined the FOX 29 Weather Authority, helping meteorologist Sue Serio deliver your seven-day forecast.
The mascot -- who has been described as a ghastly empty-eyed Muppet with a Delco beard, a non-binary leftist icon, an orange menace, a raging id, and an antihero -- also threw Good Day Philadelphia into chaos shortly thereafter.
Since the mascot's turbulent unveiling in September, he has managed to score a Broken Goblet Brewing beer in his honor, a formal resolution issued by Philadelphia's City Council welcoming him to the city, a BBC profile, a not-insignificant amount of air time on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and two mentions on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update."
He also, indubitably, nominated himself for TIME Magazine's 'Person of the Year.'
A long way, no doubt, from an initial call for Gritty to be euthanized, made shortly after his debut.
"Gritty came into our lives when we most needed him," Councilmember Helen Gym said. "And while he may be a hideous monster, he is our hideous monster."