October 11th, 2008
09:28 PM ET
10 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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  1. DLB in AR

    Looks like Joe six pack didn't really appreciate Gov. Palin turning their beloved Flyers game into a cheap contrived and poorly orchestrated campaign event. Well she knows now that she does speak to all hockey moms and dad or regular Joes. She is so over and time to head back to face the music in Alaska.

    October 12, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. Chris A


    October 12, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Chris

    That's what happens when she ventures from the narrow-minded wingnut rabble that are her normal followers to a more cosmopolitan setting.

    October 12, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. Bart

    What did you expect? These guys boo everyone; Santa included. For the first time in my life, I was proud of Philly fans.

    October 12, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. Brian

    Wow, I guess even the hockey moms are offended too.

    October 12, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  6. Bigbubba

    It is, quite simply, too late to remove this cancer from the Republican Ticket without appearing to be even more of a fool than McCain already does. He was under the mistaken impression that any woman on his ticket would bring in Hillary Clinton's supporters. He had no idea that the Clinton women were thinking women. That they would see through Palin's rhetoric. That women want a female candidate that speaks to the issues as an equal, not simply parroting McCain's 1950's outlook on women.

    Now it turns out she is indeed a perfect match for McCain. She uses her influence unethically to promote her own agenda. Much as McCain did when influnencing the Air Force to give 45,000 American jobs to France because of an unreasonable hatred of the Boeing company.

    October 12, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. Eric

    I think it is getting obvious, even though the networks won't report about it, that Palin is the Manchourian candidate. It's just that they forgot to implant the brain chip before letting her loose.

    October 12, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  8. Mick Lopez

    Wow, she was booed at a hockey game? Well, maybe she can try NASCAR next, there should be a lot of Joe Six Packs there!

    October 12, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Well.......shows that Flyers Fans are excellent judges of......CHARACTOR!!

    October 12, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. georgia

    Spin that!

    October 12, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Well…….shows that Flyers Fans are excellent judges of……CHARACTOR.....and Palin has little of that!

    October 12, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Jason

    Looks like 'Joe six pack' isn't too crazy about Sarah.

    October 12, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  13. West Virginians For Obama

    Good for Philadelphia. The woman is a brainless, dangerous, unethical liar. She needs to go back to Alaska. NOW.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  14. DrewPitts

    I don't know if I should laugh or feel sorry for Palin. I mean, what did she expect showing up in a sports venue primarily dominated by Democratic supporters (in terms of Philly having a 2:1 Dem registration and turnout). At the same time, she had two of her daughters with her, and that makes me feel bad for Palin. How did her kids feel standing there while their mother was booed? Palin should not have had her kids there in the first place.

    October 12, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. maurice

    the sad thing of this is. even if people dont like her. im sure there will be post saying way to go philly. while you self rightous folks hate on both mcain and obama. other than a few miss guided folks. i have heard more hatred come from the supporters of obama than both campains could even dream to muster. both men have given respect to each other. both have said something about the other as being honorable. both have agreed at some point about certain issues. and yet the majority of americans just want to hate. why perhaps your checkbook doesnt exist anymore. but to lose your cool and be hatefull about either canidate is beyond all i believe.personally i doubt that i will vote for either of them and will probly vote against anyone that is in congress and the senate that i possibly can. i dont hate any of them. it is not mcain and his party or obama and his party that got us into this mess. it was greedy crooks. and some of those greedy crooks are in the senate and congress. both republican and democrat.. go look at all of there voting records there you shall find the truth to what you seek. and it is also joe and jill average american that has over spent what they dont have. and if this post makes you mad then perhaps you are a joe or jill that has done exactly that. we are all guilty of helping the economy go down the tubes. so if you 1 of the many haters that have posted here and are all to willing to point fingers dont forget the three that are already pointing back at you. go look in the mirror and start being responsible for your own actions. and hopefully they have a write in section of the ballet so i can help vote hilliary clinton out of the senate.....and into the oval office. and no folks im not a sore loser when it comes to hilliary. but she is way better for the job than mcain or obama. as a matter of fact i have voted for a republican president since regan. although im not a republican. it has been my choice for the office of president . wake uyp and quit your hating. before you get sent to a corner without supper.

    October 12, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  16. Jeannie Baltimore, MD

    Well, well, well, people are finally seeing the light. Your abuses have finally come to the light. Don't try to blame this on Senator Obama's team. Everyone knows this investigation started long before you announced as VP nominee. Hockey mom, it's time for your to take your brood and head for the hills. You will never be vice president, we don't need a female Dick Cheney.

    October 12, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  17. Clay V

    I don't know why these people like to be so rude. What does that say
    about attitudes there.

    October 12, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  18. kuriya

    Im happy they booed her she tell lie and she is dumb. I wonder why Alaska chose her. As christian I don't think she is a true believer of the Bible. All what she says and do is not from the bible but from her ambition. She thinks she will be vice president no way.

    October 12, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. Matt

    I'm so proud of my fellow Philadelphians!

    Seriously, what was palin thinking walking into a sporting event in an overwhelmingly democratic town that loves to boo things they dont like. The only thing she could have done worse is do all this while wearing a Dallas cowboys jersey...

    October 12, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  20. TJ

    Apparently Sarah Palin is not America's# 1 hockey mom!!!!

    October 12, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  21. Connie

    Hats off to the nay-sayers! We aren't fooled by this idiotic woman and her befuddled old geezer of a running mate. No McCain...no Palin...no way.

    Obama/Biden '08 and '12

    October 12, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. Bob Taylor

    The fans at the hockey game in Philadelphia must have had a different opinion about Sarah Palin being America's #1 hockey mom.
    Philadelphia hockey fans can be tough bunch when you are on the wrong team.

    October 12, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  23. cindy

    Seriously,PALIN is a bad luck every where she goes.She has caused more harm than good,her baggage is too much for one to carry.She is a dis grace to womanhood period.

    October 12, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  24. Bellamy

    Philadelphia fans booed when baseball games were stopped in the 70s to announce moon landings so this is nothing new.

    October 12, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. Pat

    Way to go Philadelphians! America needs more Patriotic Citizens like you to stop this Riot Inciting Republican Charade of Leadership that McCain and Palin are displaying across the US. KUDOS! I just hope more Cities and States will follow your lead.

    October 12, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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