Have Yourself a Gritty Little Christmas: Listen to a selection of seasonal songs about the Flyers’ fuzzy freak


Gritty | courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers

The timeline of peoples’ varying feelings toward Gritty has gone something like this:

September 24: The Philadelphia Flyers unveil Gritty, complete with elaborate backstory. Locals are immediately skeptical, noting his somewhat unsettling appearance. Is Gritty just a weirder, oranger version of the Phillie Phanatic?

September 25: Folks from outside of the Philly area catch wind of Gritty, and begin to relentlessly mock him online. A lot of the insults tossed at Gritty are just unnecessarily rude, and overly fixated on his dead-in-the-eyes stare.

September 26 – present: Philly takes the insults extremely personally, and jumps to Gritty’s defense. We’ve embraced him as one of our own; he’s the hero we didn’t know we needed. He’s been honored by City Council, he received thousands of write-in votes for Governor of Pennsylvania on Election day, and local business have gone all out creating Gritty-themed products from donuts to beer. He’s even been the subject of not just one, but two playlists here on The Key.

And now it seems like some out-of-towners are finally warming up to the idea of Gritty. He’s finally getting the respect he deserves, and just had a new honor bestowed upon him in the form of some original holiday songs. Continue reading →


A Very Gritty Holiday Playlist: Ten songs our hero is listening to this season

Yes, Santa Gritty is a thing | via

It’s getting to be about that time of year when holiday music surges from being “too early” all the way to “in our face 24/7.” Which, for those of you who love the overwhelmingly Christmas-centric sounds that will be piping into every shopping mall, supermarket, and train station for the next month, this might not be a bad thing. But for others it can get, as we like to say, a bit much.

If only holiday music could be…GRITTIER…amirite? Continue reading →


Just Announced: Speedy Ortiz will headline the Church in November

Speedy Ortiz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Last week, Speedy Ortiz‘s Sadie Dupuis launched a last-minute campaign to get Gritty, the new Flyers mascot, to make an appearance at the band’s sold-out show with Liz Phair Friday at Union Transfer. (Phair supported the effort, too.) Alas, Gritty was a no-show, but the show was otherwise fantastic, and Dupuis will have another chance to win over Philly’s favorite orange monster next month — Speedy Ortiz just announced a hometown headlining show at the First Unitarian Church on November 28. Continue reading →