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THE FLYERS' NEW MASCOT, GRITTY, HAS TRANSFIXED THE INTERNET, BECOMING THE HOTTEST AMORPHOUS ORANGE BLOB IN AMERICA

SI: What's it been like to be an overnight celebrity?

G: It feels awfully similar to being a daytime celebrity, but I'm sleeping.

SI: When did you realize you were a star?

G: I've always been a star.

SI: How do you handle the fame and stay grounded?

G: Never been grounded, see above.

SI: How do you feel about people photoshopping your face on to pictures of Thanksgiving tables and movie posters?

G: I can't be everywhere, so if this makes the people happy, I'm all for it.

SI: Any big plans for the winter holidays?

G: Of course. Slip into some wool socks and flannel pajamas with a roaring fire crackling in the fireplace. I even put the yule log channel on for extra coziness. I heard John Legend's Christmas album is amazing, so I might invite some friends over for Christmas karaoke. But mostly, I'll just take in the magic of the season.

SI: Favorite dance song?

G: "All or Nothing," O-Town.

SI: Best vacation spot?

G: Boogie Wonderland

SI: What's next for you?

G: Swimsuit edition?

SI: Wow, so what's your workout and diet regiment?

G: Pork chops and push-ups.

SI: What mascot, besides yourself, do you admire most?

G: Wacky, waving inflatable tube man, purple. Last seen at Allen's Used Car Depot.

SI: Dream dinner date?

G: September 15. It's just before hockey season and my birthday. Weather's usually still nice, and I'm all about dining al fresco.

SI: If you could have dinner with any other celebrity on September 15, who would it be and why?

G: Easy. The Ms. Kardashian (West).

SI: Soooo, should Kim K give you a call?

G: Available by cell, tweet, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, telegraph, Morse code. I would TRULY love that.