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. Bob

    Not a surprise that in a city where crime is on the rise and 32.5% is African American, the highest in the city, that they would boo for anyone who was not the mighty Obama.

    Most people this election are not voting for a candidate whom they have listened too and accept their beliefs. This election is very simply, the vote for the person you want to see as president regardless of what they believe in.

    Obama could be for guns and gang killing and the african american community would be for him as much as he is now telling them to take responsibility for their kids, to be good parents and so on.

    October 12, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  2. Kyle

    It's a Philadelphia sporting event. What the hell did anyone expect? Maybe the Flyers owner should have put the money he spent for to show up, to a better use.

    October 12, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. Not without a fight

    Obamacrats and Obamcans we must not stop now. The Gop will do whatever it takes to take us off message these last couple of weeks. Don't let these polls fool you, we are going to win this election by making our case to the American people. By speaking to the single mother, the uninsured student, the underpaid underemployed teacher, the unemployed factory worker, the newly registered American, the college student who doesn't know how they are going to pay for school next semester. The senior citizen who's fixed income is barely enough to pay for the medicaid. The young entrepreneur seeking capital to start the new technological driven idea, the veteran who needs rehabilitation and care, I could go on all day.

    That one and some 08

    October 12, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  4. Time after time

    Who in the world thought she would be welcome in Philadelphia? Who is running the McCain campaign? Mickey Mouse??

    October 12, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  5. Susan

    Finally, a reality check for Palin and her handlers. She has been kept so isolated in rallies that are in highly conservative areas that it is conceivable that this is the first time that she has seen that she is less than popular in the wider world.

    October 12, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  6. bad Obama mama

    Mrs.Palin is bringing to much pain and more of the same to the game is insane on the campaign. Too much baggage is insane on the campaign. Palin need to me at the house and fix her problem. USA don't need any more problem than what the USA already have. So at this point somebody need to drag Palin by the arm and tell her to get the stepping or hit the road Jack and don't come no moe no moe no moe.

    October 12, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. Liberal in Chicago

    I bet that's not the reception she expected...

    October 12, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  8. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    There goes the hockey vote.


    October 12, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    America is speaking to you Sarah. Get the message?

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08


    October 12, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  10. Dave L

    Just the crowd's way of saying "Puck you, Palin."

    October 12, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  11. horace

    If I was there I would bood Palin right out of the place. She is a law breaker!!! She think she is somebody, but too 58% of us joe six pack, hokey fans, redneck, & average joes thinks she not worthy to be aV.P.

    October 12, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  12. jn


    October 12, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  13. Bobby

    HAHAHA!! Philly fans always come through when you need them.

    October 12, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  14. Stephen in Red Bluff

    She was warned that she would be jeered, so what does she do? She brings her children out with her to experience the political mud firsthand.

    Now, I hear, she's complaining that "they booed Piper!"

    Perhaps if you'd quit using your children whenever their appearance serves a political purpose, you'd understand how ridiculous you sound.

    I only hope that Piper is too young to realize how badly her own mother is treating her by using her as a political shield.

    October 12, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  15. miss yawning

    ha ha..am speechless

    October 12, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  16. Don MacDonald

    Well Im a Canadian so I guess I dont really have a dog in this fight but it seems to me that this woman by her dialogue is attempting to spread hate and mistrust. From the outside looking in it looks very dirty and shallow. Then theres the whole ethics question, what a suprise. It must be a Republican prerequisite to do whatever it takes to get your way no matter who you kick around. I really hope their campaign of hate doesn't lead to another 4 years of Bushism as ultimately it will filter down negatively to the rest of the world including my country.

    And to Sarah Palin......Shame Shame Shame... Your giving us real Northern RedNecks a bad name...

    October 12, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  17. scott

    At this point she needs to stop bringing her kids out, they are going to remember this as "people really do not like my mom"

    October 12, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  18. Pamela

    Obama should own a car dealership becasue he is a heck of a

    salesman...but anyone who would raise any tax with the ecocomic

    troubles is an idiot. I think the left is afraid of Sarah because

    they know she can beat thier guy and that is why thye are acting like

    children and ridiculing everything Sarah does.

    October 12, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  19. switcher

    Good job, Sarah Palin got what she deserves.

    October 12, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  20. NC = Blue in '08

    Go Flyers fans. Look it up on youtube...it's great.

    October 12, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  21. Jeanine G

    despite what the promoters expected, the fans made their feelings known...PA is not with Palin and McCain.

    I'm sure they were terribly shocked & will claim the entire hockey game was infiltrated by Obama supporters....but the fact is they just aren't into you John.

    October 12, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  22. Pat

    What goes around, comes around.

    October 12, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  23. Walmart mom

    I think thats enough said. I do feel sorry for her children. I wish she wouldn't have brought them. I thought family was off limits there for you dont parade them around. Humm I see a double standard..
    As for the hockey fans good for them...

    October 12, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  24. Independent

    Well, it seems the press will not do their job here, so the people will do it for them huh?
    Yes, the press should be all over the fact that the McCain campaign has said that the panel that investigated Palin was all Obamas people, or because of Obamas people. NOT TRUE! The panel was a BIPARTISON group of 12 Alaska legislators started 3 years ago. Of the 12 members, 8 were republican, and 4 were democrat, and they all voted unanimously on the descision, as well as to release the report. The head prosecuter is a very well respected strong conservative. By the way, the very conservative Alaska Supreme Court also voted unanimous to allow the probe to continue after the Palins attempted to shut it down. Everything about this reeks of lie after lie after lie. DO YOUR JOB PRESS!! Way to go Pennsylvania!!!

    October 12, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. Kim in AZ

    I'm movin' to Philly!

    October 12, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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