When future historians attempt to explain the culture of early 21st century Philadelphia, no doubt they’ll cite 2018 often. This year the city welcomed its first Super Bowl victory…and also Gritty.

After being introduced on Sept. 24, the new Flyers mascot became so popular, so virally explosive, so fashionably unfashionable, that it’s hard to believe some Philadelphians still haven’t heard about the persimmon-tinged tumbleweed or the cockeyed antics the character has been pressed into — both in person and in meme.

It’s also purposely difficult to describe the creature, which was conceived as “a monster” to avoid having to conform to any preconceived stereotype.

But that hasn’t stopped people from trying. Here’s a collection of ways the media described Gritty in 2018.

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Danya Henninger

Danya Henninger is director of Billy Penn at WHYY, where she oversees the team, all editorial decisions, and all revenue generation — including the...