But the Philadelphia Flyers' mascot might not have invaded our lives quite as quickly without his memorable -- and painful -- first skate.
(To see the actual viral moment, scroll to the bottom of this story.)
Tons of people were getting involved in the conversation -- our rival, the Penguins, tweeted "lol ok" at us, and Gritty tweeted, "Sleep with one eye open tonight, bird."
Lou Nolan, Flyers PA announcer in his 46th season: For the first game, I wasn't sure where or when he would be coming out.
play 1:13 Katie Nolan recalls the moment when mascots turned on Gritty Gritty took the internet by storm when he was introduced as the Flyers mascot.