GRITTYWATCH: Gritty is Gritty, fans go wild for Philadelphia’s favorite ‘bully’
Copy Desk Chief, Gritty Expert
Gritty shows no sign of losing momentum, and fans have continued to share their love.
Monday morning, Gritty tweeted at Lady Gaga, mentioning that he had seen her most recent film, “A Star is Born,” over the weekend. Gritty displayed his infectious self-confidence, telling the singer-songwriter that he has also been called the “songbird of my generation.”
Saw a movie this wknd. @ladygaga I’ve also been called the songbird of my generation 🕊
What did you guys do? pic.twitter.com/6YyP1cn6WK
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) October 22, 2018
Saturday, there was a Gritty Sandwich Showdown in Philadelphia, where three food vendors battled to determine which sandwich will honor the city’s hero. Mike’s BBQ, Joe’s Steaks and City Tap House competed at City Tap House’s University City location for the title of the best “gritwich.”
Joe’s Steaks won the competition with a sandwich that contains cheese whiz, onions, fries and Cheetos.
Aaaaand we have a winner of the inaugural Gritty Sandwich Showdown:
Congrats to @JoesSteaks!
The cheesesteak with whiz, onions, fries and Cheetos best embodies Gritty because it’s visually shocking, you think you’re gonna hate it, and then it’s great #grittysandwichshowdown pic.twitter.com/yv07WA6Bam
— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) October 20, 2018
That same night, the Flyers played the New Jersey Devils, and during the intermission, as fans were running around on the ice in bubbles, Gritty delightfully pushed them over.
Gritty’s beautiful mug has also graced a lucky couple’s wedding cake.
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) October 18, 2018
The cake was made by Kia’s Cakes & Café, which is based in Lansdowne, Penn. The baker has also expanded to other Gritty-themed baked treats, including individual cupcakes, with the bodacious beast’s grinning face.
It’s our anniversary!!! We’ll be celebrating all week! Today all of our cupcakes are 2 for $5! Special includes specialty cupcakes, vegan and gluten free! We even have Gritty cupcakes! #cupcakesale #gritty #kiascakes1yearanniversary #moretocome #theressomuchtocelebrate pic.twitter.com/fXW7W74i4s
— Zakiyyah McKelven (@KiasCakes) October 17, 2018
Even babies are getting in on the Gritty love. One parent made a Gritty costume for her child in anticipation of Halloween.
— Valerie Sherk (@valerieee728) October 9, 2018
Gritty fans of all ages can get on the costume train, too, if they want. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s reporter Bethany Ao is featured in a video that shows how folks at home can make a simple but funky costume for a very Gritty Halloween.
If you’re thinking of dressing up as @GrittyNHL this Halloween (we know you are), our reporter @BethanyAo spoke to experts to learn how to make a quick #Gritty costume. https://t.co/7OO7bSRMRo pic.twitter.com/ofM0FvnupM
— Philly.com (@phillydotcom) October 18, 2018
Ao wrote an accompanying article with more detail on becoming the best Gritty one can be.
“Don’t be shy about busting out your best goofy dance moves,” Ao wrote. “Stir up trouble in the same way that Gritty does.”
After all, there is no time like the present to get Gritty with it.