October 11th, 2008
09:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin booed at NHL game in Philadelphia

The view from the press box as Sarah Palin posed with members of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.
The view from the press box as Sarah Palin posed with members of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – Although many Philadelphia Flyers fans cheered and clapped as Sarah Palin took to the ice at the Wachovia Center on Saturday night to drop the ceremonial puck kicking off this town's NHL season, their warm reception was no match for the 90 seconds of sustained booing that rumbled through the arena, drowning out most of the cheers in support of the Republican vice presidential nominee.

As Palin stepped onto the ice before a capacity crowd to drop the puck, joined by her daughters Willow and Piper, the arena's jumbotron flashed a futile message to the thousands of notoriously harsh Philadelphia sports fans in attendance.

"Flyers fans, show Philadelphia's class and welcome America's #1 hockey mom, Sarah Palin," the massive electronic message board pleaded, to little effect. Booing quickly erupted when the smiling candidate emerged from a tunnel leading onto the ice, muffling the applause of any Palin supporters in the crowd.

Some in the audience simply gave her a thumbs down gesture. Others called her names.

Palin spent about a minute and a half on center ice, posing for pictures with Flyers captain Mike Richards and New York Rangers assistant captain Scotty Gomez, an Alaska native. The crowd commotion was sustained for her entire time in the rink.

Palin's showing did not appear to help the Flyers, who looked hapless in the first period, giving up four goals to their rivals from New York. The governor stayed to watch the first two periods with family and staff in the box of Flyers owner Ed Snider, and by the time she departed the Wachovia Center for her hotel, the Flyers had narrowed the lead to 4-2.


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soundoff (998 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Good Job Philadelphia!

    October 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. virginia for obama

    its about time. Go NHL

    obama/biden ' 08

    October 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. facts are facts

    Unfortunately Palin has become a symbol of extremism and division throughout the world and it sounds like Americans have also caught on to her phoney act.

    She does okay preaching to the choir and among the Klan members in the Republican Party but sensible and moderate Republicans are abandoning the Palin/McCain ticket in a steady stream. These GOP members realize the party has to change it's platform and quit catering to the fringe.

    October 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Harris

    there is not place for such a politic in America. Palin is simply disgusting. I can believe what she's doing, Even if it was true that Barack had something to do with Ayers, but to raise such a hatred on someone is.... UNBELIVABLE.

    October 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. McCainLostMyVote

    Oh so wonderful to hear this!! Palin you are now facing the truth of your hatredness.

    October 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    This is news? It's gratifying, but it cerainly comes as no surprise. Palin is about as popular as the flu. Even many McCain supporters find her shallow, vapid, offensive and irrelevant. And this was a crowd that would presumably be 'friendly' to her! A Harbinger of the election results, on can only hope.

    October 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Jim thompson

    This article is simply not true. I was at the game and there wwere way more cheers than boos. This article just shows the media bias towards McCain and Palin, good god this country is going to get what it deserves. Wake up peopel and stop believing what you see and hear on CNN.

    October 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. maddie

    Bottom line....the Rangers won...Sara was booed. I would say it was a great night overall!

    October 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Evelyn in Texas

    Gov. Palin was out of her league there as well.

    October 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. Lee from FL

    like you didn't know this was going to happen.
    ONCE AGAIN,only the die hard GOP conservative.right wing christian fundamentalist,racist and hate mongers seem to like Sarah Palin.

    Normal everyday American dont like her too much.

    October 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. B Conway

    It is unconscionable that while our country is in the midst of a crisis, the Palin feels it necessary to drive further and further division into our troubled nation. It is sad that so many people cannot see through these hateful rabble rousing speeches. Make no mistake; she knows exactly what she is doing, placing the McCain campaign before country. Senator McCain used to have a sense of honor and patriotism but that appears to be as historical as his war record.
    Should anything unfortunate happen to Senator Obama's well being after he is elected, it would not be surprising to find it was inspired by the fearful distortions the Palin so eloquently bestowed upon her small minded base. Should such a God awful thing happen to a great man and an already troubled country, the blood would be on the Palin's hands.
    Sincerely,
    A former republican

    October 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. John C

    True patriots don't approve of Palin's hateful and divisive manner. She is an insult to to our intelligence and good will toward others. Besides -she's a lier. We know she projects her faults onto others and she is a poor example of women in positions of power. Or maybe they don't like people who shoot innocent animals from planes and helecopters-shamelessly-with joy.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. Marina

    I think it was wrong for her to do this. There was no need to inject politics into hockey or any other sport. It's not like the election was over and an elected official was this, they had someone from the republican ticket in a hard fought race for the white house. This was just simply wrong. And Fox News is reporting that she suspected she would be booed and so brought along her seven year old daughter as leverage against it. As a mom, I am outraged. Parents are not supposed to use their offspring as props or as objects. Parents are supposed to protect their children, not hide behind them in the hopes of receiving special treatment! This is disgusting!

    October 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Dexter

    Why is her pregnant daughter gettting thinner?

    Hmmm... Interesting.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Vic

    Ha, Ha!

    October 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Hilary B

    I feel sorry for her kids.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Sue in MI

    When is the last time Palin was actually a "hockey mom?" Her son is 19 and I don't believe that while she was mayor she was carpooling hockey players or baking cookies for after the games.
    Her whole act is wearing very thin very quickly. I applaud Philadelphia!

    October 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. observer

    I saw the video on youtube. It made me proud to be an american.

    October 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  19. Javier Oberti - Fort Lauderdale

    Not to fear. Simply put there are a lot of us who do support her and John McCain. As this story shows, we are just not as loud as the liberals. What we are is the silent majority who will simply not allow an extreme and inexperienced socialist squirrel to become our president. We are the middle of the country...we are the Christian faith...we are the suburbs of America...we are the proud immigrants who escaped socialism to come here because we wanted a capitalistic society. We will never let this country go down the wrong path. Now more than ever. We'll see who has the last laugh after election day. But then again, we will most likely show a lot more grace, and will certainly be much quieter. We, unlike the extremists who write comments here every day, are the silent majority of America.

    October 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Crazy Cat Lady

    No! Does this mean that even Joe Sixpack has turned on her? Oh, the humanity!

    October 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. Jay

    Half the crown booed and half cheered.....HAHAHAHHAAHAHA

    Ya right,,,

    Good job Philly!!

    October 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. Jack Arnold

    Right On!!!
    She is on her way home!!

    October 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. J - East Windsor, CT

    Booing is fair game at a sports venue and Palin's lack of capacity and ultra-conservative stances give much to boo about. Boo Santa Claus but not boo Sarah Palin? Give me a break. The latter actually deserves the boos for her calls of hate and smear campaign against Obama.

    October 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Erica from GA

    haahahahhahahahahahahahaaaa!

    October 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. HYPOCRISY

    The only people that think palin is still "cute" is the media! Even real "HOCKEY MOMS" know she is full of it.

    October 11, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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