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. texan2step

    This hockey mom is as fake as they can get. The correct response from the crowd who knows when they spot a fake hockey mom.

    October 11, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. Susan in Florida

    Thank God... I hope this is a sign that we're finally coming to our senses!!

    All moms in Florida who have daughters should be volunteering for the next three weeks at your local Democratic Campaign Headquarters. Our right to choose is in jeopardy if Palin has her way! Even in cases of rape and incest.
    We need more volunteers in Florida! Volunteer for the future of our kids.

    October 11, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. Andrew

    The good people of this country have had enough. It is our time to take back this country. Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Hockey Dad

    awww... poor Sarah. Maybe someone should say some nice things to her to make her feel better.

    But seriously, she couldnt have been surprised. Does she actually think that people outside of Alaska like her??

    October 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. Gina

    Wow – that warms my heart. Thanks Philly!

    October 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. mmd

    Why would a mother subject her two little girls to that. That totally dejected palin. At some point you have to ask yourself if palin is an unfit mother. I am sure that she knew that the crowd could and probably would act the way that they did. I felt sorry for those two little gilrs who looked so confused and afraid.

    palin is political trash.

    October 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. Bennie

    In Philadelphia they have booed Donovan McNabb, Ryan Howard, and Santa Claus, and they like them. What did she expect.

    October 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. Cindy

    Journalism is indeed dead!!! I listened to the video of Sarah Palin and I heard no boos. Wow!! I thought a true journalist only reported the facts. You should be ashamed!!!! How disgusting!!!

    October 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. Rich ND

    Yeah Philly tell it like it is!

    October 11, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  10. OBAMA SUPPORTER 2008-2016

    Oh well Palin, I guess you are not as popular as you thought you were. Maybe if you stopped to think that as a Christian God would not want you to be an attack dog. Is that was Jesus did? Does Gods word condone liars?

    October 11, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. DD

    Say it ain't so Joe! Tee hee!!!

    October 11, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  12. Diana Carrington - Wellsboro PA

    Take that, Caribou Barbie. How does it feel to have anger and hatred directed at YOU?

    October 11, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. Kathy in CT

    Finally Miss Congeniality reaps the rewards of her hateful, ugly behavior. Lucky for her it's only boos - compared to the comments she encourages in her supporters (ranging from treason/traitor, to "kill him" and "off with his head").

    When she emerges from the protected cocoon of invitation-ONLY rallies where the only people she encounters are born-again McCainites, interesting for her to see what real Americans think of her.

    Boo, indeed. Glad the Flyer fans were so polite - she got a lot better than she dishes out.

    October 11, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. Miley

    The whole world is booing.

    October 11, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. L MCP

    It seems that every demographic hates her. That's too bad Sarah Failin'.

    October 11, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  16. insanity

    booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    (add my voice to that)

    October 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. Monica

    She deserves boo's as does the whole Republican party for allowing the incendiary remarks from their candidates and for not denouncing remarks made by people in the stands against Obama. They are working on scare tactics, trying to anger people, and spreading hatred.

    October 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. Jake

    Lol.

    October 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  19. Thomas

    I have a new respect for Philly fans

    October 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. Sean

    Politics and sports just don't mix. Go and watch the game, but don't become a spectacle. Leave the politics off the ice.

    October 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. Serious Voter

    She's showing her true dumbness by showing up to a Philly game. Didn't somebody tell her that these fans booed Santa Claus. Somebody must of told her she was special. NOT!!!

    October 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. Go Flyers

    Way to go Flyers fans!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. peggyledbetter

    Only 3 words to say....good for her!

    October 11, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Illinois Blue Dog

    Even though I've spent the past 10 years in Chicago, I was born and raised in southeast PA as a Philly sports fan. Gotta hand it to Philly fans; they know how to make their voices heard. So much for Pennsylvania being a swing state. Palin is about as popular in Philly as the Cowboys, the Celtics and Santa Claus.

    October 11, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. JP

    It must be the fault of the elite eastern media.

    October 11, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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