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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  1. Pat

    Just desserts. She is just getting a taste of her own medicine. If she sprouts abject negativity throughout her campaign, expect that it will come back to hit her sooner or later. Pity her two young daughters who were unwittingly dragged into this uncomfortable situation...

    October 12, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  2. Karl Rove sucks

    all politics for john McCain even with the boos

    October 12, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  3. cecil

    Palin Is A Disgrace, And Unfit TO Hold The Office Of VP Of The United States!

    She's A Flag Burner. And A Hate Monger!

    I wouldn't Be Surprise If She Were Stil A Member Of The "AIP".

    Who Is The Real Sara Palin, She's Only Been At It For About A Month Right!

    October 12, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  4. Ernest Shealy

    Now she knows what it is like to be at the other end of jeers and boos....Shame on her for her hateful rhetoric against Obama.... She has created the most hatefilled campaign I have ever witnessed in U.S. elections.....

    October 12, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  5. Doris,Memphis,TN

    This "Chihuahua in Chapstick" does not represent women of this century.

    October 12, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  6. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Thanks Philly!

    October 12, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  7. cecil

    As Palin stepped onto the ice before a capacity crowd to drop the puck, joined by her daughters.

    Did They Bring That Baby?

    October 12, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. Ron , West Coast

    Hurray ! Bravo ! Those Philadelphia fans are no dummies ......
    They can see through the Bull . They will not be used by " the hockey mom "...... They are known for their great Philly Cheese steaks , not for being idiots .
    Those people paid their good hard earned money to see a great hockey game , not to see the ice queen from Alaska .
    She is also a terrible role model, what with her family situation .
    She needs to go back to Fargo , or northern exposure , or where ever the " Heck " she comes from . She and John McBush appear to be tearing the country apart , with their retoric , and lies .

    October 12, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  9. Sarah Smiles When Her Supporters Yell "Kill Him"

    Fox News and AP say mostly cheers.
    The audio says mostly boos.

    The fact is Ed Snider, the president of the Flyers is a longtime bush/republican contributor and gave the max to McCain.

    I'm a Flyer Fan, but I'm glad they lost tonight.

    October 12, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. Orville Lewis

    Palin is now a footnote.

    1. There would have been a time for such a word.
    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his (her) hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing. (Emphasis mine) Macbeth – Shakespeare

    October 12, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  11. cecil

    As Palin stepped onto the ice before a capacity crowd to drop the puck, joined by her daughters.

    Did They Bring That Baby?

    You Betcha!

    October 12, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  12. Ke Lee

    The writer certainly heard only what he wanted to hear.

    October 12, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  13. Michelle W.

    You gotta love Philly fans! This article made me so happy....If I was there, I would have been booing as well.

    October 12, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  14. Kamp

    To those who think using the name "Barry" for Barack is a put down, let me set you straight. He was born Barack Obama. As a child, his nickname was Barry. Barry is a term of endearment, not a fake name as you purport.

    October 12, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  15. Steve in LV,NV

    Looks like the luster has come her image as a hockey mom. Imagine her getting booed at a hockey game! now that's really good!

    For a moment I thought she was Wonder Woman...Govenor, hockey mom to 5 kids, wife, pitbull with lipstick,...Guess not quite. McSame sure got quite catch! Oh, let's not forget "Troopergate"...Even better!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 12, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  16. Barack-the-Vote

    Surprised? Nope. Seems as though Americans are alot smarter than we get credit for. Maybe she should toss the the jump ball at a Dallas "Mavericks" game?

    October 12, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  17. Greg, Atlanta

    Wow. She's even lost the support of Joe Six-Pack. What a train wreck.

    October 12, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    Ah, the City of Brotherly Love...they even threw snowballs at Santa Claus.

    October 12, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  19. SC for Hillary

    There is no EXPLANATION for IGNORANT DISRESPECTFUL PEOPLE EXCEPT THEY HAVE NO HOME TRAINING. IGNORANT EQUAL FOOLS.

    October 12, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  20. kirsten

    OMG! I think i just pee'd a little.

    October 12, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  21. Not VP Material

    Palin abused her power! This is what we should be talking about right now. She was governor for less than two years and already abused her power. She was not even strong enough to tell her fake eskimo heritage husband to stay out of her office and her affairs.

    October 12, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  22. jft

    Poor hockey mom .. she do better in GOP rally......HATE.HATE.HATE....

    October 12, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  23. keith Franklin, Tn

    Uh oh!! Looks like the Flyer fans are playing "gotcha hockey"!!!

    Never has so much been said about anyone who has so little substance as Palin.

    C'mon Palin ...sit down with some of the mainstream media and answer some "tough" questions....not like Hannity's fan corner.

    October 12, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  24. KofTX

    THIS IS HILARIOUS!!!

    October 12, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  25. DR

    CNN, come on...... tell the truth. If anyone want to see the actual video, please go on HuffingtonPost.com and watch for yourself. They tried so hard to drown out the boos with the music but they couldn't which there was a couple of people with Obama/Biden signs too.

    October 12, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
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