Gritty thinks it's 'time' to nominate a different Person of the Year — himself

Rachel Kurland
November 21, 2018 - 12:04 pm
Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The TIME Person of the year is a coveted title, dating all the way back to 1927.

Former presidents, world leaders, changemakers and groups for social justice have graced its covers through the years, relaying a representative message of each era.

So it makes complete sense that Philly's own Gritty would nominate himself for such a high accolade.

To be fair, Gritty has taken 2018 by storm in the short few months he has graced us with his presence.

His influence rose to celebrity status almost overnight since the somewhat-haunting creature threw himself into our lives and our hearts back in September.

Gritty gained the largest following of any other sports mascot on social media in less than a week. He has proved time and again that he is not a force to be reckoned with, knocking over rival team's merch, trolling costumed Grittys on Halloween, or swinging from the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center.

His wit and grit landed him on just about every late night talk show within his first week on the town, and he even influenced a handful of other Philly organizations to rebrand and brainstorm their own unique mascots, or create their own foodie spin on the orange monster.

Gritty quickly became beloved in the City of Brotherly Love due to his downright sass, his vigilance over all things Philly, and, frankly, his IDGAF attitude.

Gritty would be the first non-human to make TIME's list, but write-ins, unfortunately, are not an option (unlike his popularity at the polls during the midterm elections).

TIME's editors ultimately decide who will be on the cover, but you can vote in the annual Person on the Year online poll, which helps provide them with public opinion and insight.

The poll includes notable people like BTS, Christine Blasey Ford, the Thai cave divers, Robert Mueller, Ariana Grande, Stormy Daniels, Lady Gaga, Jeff Flake, Meghan Markle, LeBron James, Brett Kavanaugh, Michael Cohen, Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick, Cory Booker, Mike Pompeo, and Mitch McConnell, to name some.

The 2018 Person of the Year will be revealed in December.