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Dartmouth football set to take on Harvard tomorrow

Harrison Herskowitz, a sophomore safety for the Dartmouth College football team, wrestles a tackling sled to the Memorial Field turf on Oct. 24, 2018. Undefeated Dartmouth hosts arch-rival Harvard today for homecoming. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Harrison Herskowitz, a sophomore safety for the Dartmouth College football team, wrestles a tackling sled to the Memorial Field turf on Oct. 24, 2018. Undefeated Dartmouth hosts archrival Harvard on Saturday for homecoming. (Valley News – Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

🚨 Big 🚨 Game 🚨 Alert 🚨

Dartmouth College football is gearing up to take down visiting Harvard at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Field in Hanover. There are a couple of factors that make this game one to watch:
1. It’s Dartmouth’s Homecoming Weekend (you might have heard there’s a big [safe?] bonfire tonight).
2. Dartmouth football currently is undefeated, having claimed victory in its last six games. The No. 20 Big Green also is 3-0 in Ivy League play. Archrival Harvard, meanwhile, is 3-3, 1-2.

Oh, also, we’re getting a nor’easter this weekend, so that should keep things interesting.

Dartmouth says it owes its success to a bit of sheer luck: The team largely has managed to avoid injuries to its starters, according to Dartmouth sports reporter Tris Wykes. Let’s hope it stays that way this weekend. Fingers crossed!

Read more on Dartmouth football here.

The Philadelphia Flyers have a new mascot, and everyone hates it

The Philadelphia Flyers on Monday announced they had added a new mascot to their hockey family. The team introduced the world to “Gritty,” an orange … thing that most closely resembles some kind of monster. It’s unclear if he’s related to the Phillies’ Phanatic, which I just today found out is not a monster but instead a large green flightless bird.

Here’s what the team had to say about Gritty, who you can follow on Twitter, if you’re into that sort of thing:

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.

Gritty apparently is a little rough around the edges, a bit quirky, and a huge fan of hot dogs. OK, sure.

Despite all his charm, however, Gritty was not as well-received as the team presumably had hoped. I scrolled pretty far down through the replies to the Flyers’ announcement tweet and didn’t see anything positive. Here are some selected reactions:

I feel like I need to warn you about the next photo. Sorry in advance.

Valley News sports reporter Josh Weinreb even weighed in on Gritty’s unveiling.

Says it all, tbh.

The Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty, takes to the ice during the first intermission of the Flyers’ preseason NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Monday, Sept, 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Muskrats snap Nighthawks’ hot streak

After claiming nine victories in 10 days, the Upper Valley Nighthawks’ series of consecutive wins has come to an end.

The visiting Winnipesaukee Muskrats handily defeated the Nighthawks, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Maxfield Sports Complex. Despite the loss, the team is looking ahead to its game with the Valley Blue Sox, which will be played at 6:30 tonight at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke, Mass. It should be a good one β€” the Nighthawks and the Blue Sox are the top two teams in the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s Northern Division, and they’re both coming off win streaks (the Blue Sox have won their last seven games). Follow Valley News sports reporter Josh Weinreb on Twitter (@JoshWeinreb) for live updates from the game.

Catch up on all the Nighthawks coverage β€” meet this year’s players, listen to episodes of the Hawks Talk podcast and more β€” here.