What’s the Deal With Gritty’s Belly Button?
Are we imagining things, or does it change colors?
It should come as no surprise that Gritty’s belly button has attracted some level of fascination. For one thing, as Gritty is a mythic creature, it’s surprising to see something as normal as a belly button on it. For another, it’s such an eye-catching attribute, commenters are quick to call attention to it whenever Gritty’s jersey slips above its naval.
Turns out Gritty has a gross purple belly button, and was therefore a live birth, not a lab-grown monstrosity like we all previously imagined.
In this thread, I’d like to propose my theory as to who Gritty’s parents might be. pic.twitter.com/PZHLmmPfdt
— Coleman Collins (@COLEMANICEWATER) November 20, 2018
But one great mystery — right after why does a mascot need a belly button anyways? — is the question of why it appears to change shape and color.
Observe: Here, it’s orange, flat, and marked with an X:
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When it went streaking at the Linc a couple of weekends ago, however, the belly button was bulbous and bright blue.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 24, 2019
In January, a black belly button was on display in this photo with a Seattle reporter.
— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) January 27, 2019
Then of course, there’s the infamous purple belly button — similar in shape and size to the blue one, yet an altogether different hue — and we even hear Gritty has been spotted sporting a rainbow-stripe edition.
HIS BELLYBUTTON IS RAINBOW TODAY pic.twitter.com/AI4fkWmgnZ
— ppyajunebug, phd (@ppyajunebug) February 6, 2019
So, we had to ask: What is the deal with Gritty’s belly button? Is there more than one true Gritty? Does its belly button change colors with its attitude, like a mood ring? Does it pop on and off, interchangeable like a pair of earrings? We reached out to the Flyers for an explanation.
Initially, the spokesperson told us they’d ask Gritty, “but since he doesn’t talk, I might not get an answer.” Finally, the spokesperson came back with a confirmation: Yes, there’s really only one Gritty. But as for the changing belly buttons? “Gritty’s just having fun” was the only answer we got.
So while we don’t know what the deal is with Gritty’s belly button, it’s certainly something we’ll be keeping an eye on. Who knows, maybe it’ll turn into a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day? This is Gritty we’re talking about, after all — anything is possible.