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Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have been known as the bruising tough guy of the National Hockey League since the 1970s. This season, the team decided it needed a new mascot, one that would excite its fans and embody the spirit of the team. That vision became Gritty, a plus-size Fraggle, in hockey gear whose social media prowess and googly eyes have captured the hearts and imaginations of sports fans everywhere. Whether he was imitating Kim Kardashian on Instagram or crashing Stephen Colbert's Super Bowl party on The Late Show, Gritty became the most meme-able mascot in sports, setting a new standard in fuzzy cheerleaders.

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