10/9/18 – Weird Media Mail from Toronto

Sometimes I get weird shit in my email. I got many emails about review copies of Michael Rapaport’s book for instance. I don’t know how or why. I kind of wish I had responded after checking out the Amazon reviews just now.

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Sounds like fun.

I guess I got this yesterday according to the time stamp.

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The Dallas Stars are hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight so it stands to reason that I’ll get Toronto media spillage. This is something unique among those contacts. As far as I can tell, a man is going on a hockey road trip to see 82 hockey games. And he created a press kit for it?

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I admitted being amused by the uncomfortable or the “off beat” yesterday. This qualifies. I guess he’s trying to go to all of the Toronto Maple Leafs games this year, and seeking media coverage. I’m not quite sure why. Is being rich noteworthy?

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The stated goal of the project is to meet with Maple Leafs fans in every city to hear their stories. He appears to be seeking interview opportunities, to have people host meet and greets, or to offer “branded video or blog content” and digital content sponsorships.

I realize I can delete things like this then move on with my life, but this entire spectacle is just weird to me. I understand doing things for charity or to raise awareness. Charitable work is fantastic.

(Calling yourself a historian because you collect things is also pretty charitable. That’s probably the first thing that stuck out to me. My degree is in history. This does not make me a historian.)

This isn’t charitable as far as I can see. This comes across as someone with an inflated sense of self going on a long road trip because he has the money to do it assuming anyone else cares, and it’s weird.

But really that fits the entire Toronto aesthetic, doesn’t it? Spending money then seeking attention for it while encouraging people to come talk to you about spending that money, hooray.

 

10/8/18 – Antifa Gritty

I tend to be drawn to the weird or uncomfortable. When it doesn’t give me a headache, Tim & Eric  is brilliant. Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule is the peak of comedy. Insane nonsense is made for me.

As a general rule I’m against anything from Philadelphia. I break my rule for insane mascots. I am very much Pro-Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers new mascot (????). It’s the most insane fucking thing anyone associated with the NHL has ever legally done.

Timothy Leary couldn’t have written his bio for the Flyers website:

His father was a “bully,” so naturally he has some of those tendencies – talented but feisty, a fierce competitor, known for his agility given his size. He’s loyal but mischievous; the ultimate Flyers fan who loves the orange and black, but is unwelcoming to anyone who opposes his team. Legend has it he earned the name “Gritty” for possessing an attitude so similar to the team he follows.

He claims that he’s been around for a lot longer than we know it, and recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time. He has some oddities that are both humorous and strange. A number of times he’s been caught eating snow straight from the Zamboni machine, and unbeknown to most, his love of hot dogs has been inflating the Flyers Dollar Dog Night consumption totals for years.

 That being said, there’s no denying that he’s one of our own.

His father was a bully? He is unwelcoming, but you welcome him anyway? He comes from a disturbed burial ground? He eats Zamboni snow and dollar hot dogs? Just….weird.

I don’t think there’s any way the Flyers expected this kind of reaction to Gritty. He’s been on every major talk show at this point ostensibly promoting the Flyers, but also allowing the NHL at large to luck into some publicity.

And somehow along the way he started to become a liberal then aggressively liberal mascot. I feel like it truly started when John Oliver had him on Last Week Tonight.

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Using a drunken insane mascot as a place holder for the Supreme Court seat of Brett Kavanaugh was a funny and subversive way to introduce him to being a political symbol.

It has gotten a bit more wild since then with Gritty becoming a symbol of anti-Trump protests in Philly. (I can’t recommend avoiding that article enough. Boo hoo people with a common complaint come together and bring all of their messages with them while drawing attention to their messages! I don’t like it! Hipster activism is a thing.)

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And now there seems to be a straight up Communist or at the very least aggressively Socialist Gritty Twitter account tweeting only the dankest memes.

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The memes, my God the memes.

And

There are many more, but you get the idea. Komrade Gritty is out of control, and the abrupt turn to tearing down the Capitalist Machine has been unexpected. The great irony of Gritty as of October 8th is that the ultraconservative NHL has a major publicity coup on their hands with an aggressively radicalizing mascot that they are unlikely to fully capitalize on due to the appropriation of his image by Socialists.

I find that more hilarious than anything else associated with Gritty.