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SJ Sharkie drops Gritty jack-o'-lantern, escalating feud between mascots

Flyers character initiated rivalry by antagonizing sharks at aquarium Monday

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

There's a budding rivalry in the NHL between the old guard and the new kid on the block.

A budding mascot rivalry, that is.

Gritty is feuding with SJ Sharkie, and the San Jose Sharks mascot escalated tensions by dropping a jack-o'-lantern that was carved to resemble the rookie Philadelphia Flyers mascot.

Tweet from @sjsharkie: It's October, time to make very scary jack-o-lanterns. Check out my..... ooooops, my hands must have been wet! ;) #PumpkinHead #MessageSent

The feud started Monday when Gritty antagonized some real sharks, then pulled plush shark dolls off the shelves at the Adventure Aquarium across the Delaware River from Philadelphia in Camden, New Jersey.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: See the shark.Be the shark.Defeat the shark.Hook, line, sinker. @sjsharkie

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: Sorry @AdventureAqua, fish plushies are a real trigger for me.

Expect Gritty to fire back at some point, possibly even at his regular-season debut when the Flyers prepare his grand entrance at their home opener against the Sharks on Tuesday.

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