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. CM

    Her 15 minutes is almost over.

    I'm sorry her daughter had to go through that but her mom should know better. Even if it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity she shouldn't be exposed to that kind of environment.

    October 11, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. BOOTSTOMPER

    Your not in kansas anymore toto. I mean Alaska.

    October 11, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas

    Hey if they can boo Santa in Philly then Sarah Palin deserves no better treatment.

    October 11, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. Shed

    All I have to say is...

    HA!

    October 11, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. BIGG PLAY 84

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
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    Palin/McCain No Way!

    October 11, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. A former Republican

    It's about time!

    October 11, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Sad

    I am not a Sarah Palin supporter at all. Yet I feel sad for her and her family that they would have to endure this treatment. I think that people should be sensitive to the fact that her children were there.

    October 11, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Mel

    She deserves to be booed.!

    October 11, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. JO

    Good!!! She needs to know!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. WeLuvObama

    Poor Sara! She dug this ditch for herself.

    October 11, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Peter D'Ambra

    Thank You, Flyer Fans... The Caribou Barbie needs a little introduction to the reality of the lower 48.. She is clueless...

    October 11, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. Jim Ragland

    The yahoos give, the yahoos taketh away. Shallow pop phenomena tend to have very short arcs. Their philosophy is disposable, so their attraction is ephemeral. After a couple of days, they are discarded like a Britney Spears CD after one listening. Sarah is over. Maybe she can start a band with Boy George.

    October 11, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. Karl Clark

    The chicken comes home to roost.

    October 11, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Chris

    It is obvious that this woman isn't qualified to be VP. The Kate Couric interview proved how incompetent she is. Palin has brought out some racial undertones in McCains bid for president.

    October 11, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Chris from STL

    I feel sorry for her kids. She should stop parading them ...

    October 11, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Shane from LB

    Go home, Sarah, it's over.

    Maybe people in Alaska still like you.

    October 11, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Nina-Florida

    This article says it all!

    October 11, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Ken

    That-is-awesome.

    I feel bad for what her kids have to go through. What would you do if your mother was a dumb idiot?

    Obama 08

    October 11, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. Xavier

    Kinda of funny that the cheers evaporate when she is taken out of a staged republican rally. The lady is a loser.

    October 11, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Independent in NC

    Well, that's Philly for you. At least it wasn't Free Battery Night at the Wachovia Center.

    I don't want either McCain or Obama to win at this point, it seems that no matter what happens, violence is going to ensue.

    October 11, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. A Religious Nut

    I can't believe what Palin is doing to the religious right. Have you Christians gone nuts in supporting this woman? Were you not fooled by Bush regarding the abortion issue? How do you know we will not be fooled again?

    October 11, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Common Sense

    Why does Palin make me feel like i'm about to watch a perfectly ochestrated trainwreck?

    October 11, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. Hannah Storm

    hockey fans booing the "hockey mom"......loves it :)

    October 11, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    And so begins the "PALIN CURSE" for the Flyers.

    October 11, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. Neeraj

    This incident really doesn't have any significance, the republicans never would have taken Biden's home state. But still, attaway Philadelphia!

    October 11, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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