PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have presented an odd-looking new workforce mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard.

The personality’s debut brought on an outpouring of comments on-line, together with “Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans” and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. Twitter customers created memes with Gritty taking the position of horror-movie villains and splicing his head onto different aggravating photographs.

The cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins tweeted, “lol ok” — to which Gritty spoke back, “Sleep with one eye open tonight, bird.”

The response looked to be precisely what the Flyers had been going for. Gritty’s ultimate tweet of the day incorporated the message, “Goodnight, internet,” and a photograph of the crazed-looking mascot squeezing what appeared to be Champagne out of a squirt bottle.

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