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.
Perhaps she should try Edmonton or Calgary next time. Or maybe Phoenix.
I hope someone sticks a puck in her mouth to keep her from saying something stupid. Next time, let Tina Fey do the honors!!!
There is no surprises here. This lady incites and divides people like no other politician in recent history. I have been out registering voters , and in has been amazing how many very angry Republicans are changing there party affiliation. Many of these folks have some very choice words for Palin.
Way to go Philadelphia......Thats what I call a well deserved warm reception for "The Hockey Mom"..... Ya Know Joe, I can still see Russia from my front yard........ OBAMA 08......
Gotta love Philly! But I don't know why she would want to subject herself and her daughters to this. Philly is heavily democratic, and although this was a national hockey game with devoted fans, including hockey moms, this was just not her type of crowd. These are extremely hardworking folks who can see through bs as clear as day.
Philadelphia has spoken.
I wish I could see a video and hear and see the booing, for a change.
Taste of her own medicine, are these the Americans who see America the way Obama sees it, a country where you are judged by character and not by the color of your skin. You reap what you sawed.
Good bye, Sarah! We just had for eight years (!!!) one ignorant extremist as a president , we will not survive another one.
No surprise, we all knew this was going to happen. She's lucky they didn't throw things at her...So could someone tell me why she would bring her young daughters with her?
Why would she knowingly want to expose them to this?
She has decided to play the game & have a major roll in it. Her under age daughters should not be part of it.
Ignorant, stupid and self righteous people have no respect for humanity. but then again the people who booed Palin aren't human at all.
But that's OK because the more she's attacked, the more popular she becomes and she is getting more popular.
So keep up the good work, Ignorant, stupid and self righteous "HUMANOIDS".
so i guess the people in Phillie saw the witch come out,I thought the Kenyan preacher prayed it out of her at her church,the film was shone on national TV ,she need to go back to him with all the nastiness shes been saying about Obama,dont she know as ahe call herself a christian that god dont like ugly his power wins everytime
Obama is a uniter? Indeed.
So hockey fans have more intelligence than they are sometimes given credit for.
Palin please do not be part of this circus anymore and just go out with dignity – for your children's sake. Remember, everyone will ALWAYS have access to the internet and instant video from now on.
I AM A FEMALE CONSERVATIVE VOTER AND I HAVE BEEN APPALLED AT HOW JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN HAVE BEEN RUNNING THIS CAMPAIGN. SHAME ON THEM!
SOME CHRISTIAN VALUES THEIR PALIN!
OR IS THAT A FAKE CHRISTIAN!
Although I do not agree with a number of Gov. Palin's policy positions (see richardbesel.blogspot.com), I thought this story was a sad one. I can't imagine how I would feel if I were running for office and so many people decided to boo me. But then again, maybe if she had different policy beliefs she wouldn't get as much negative attention.
No video? Although i don't like her a single bit, I wish people were more respectful. No point in being cromagnons.
this getting painful out here for Palin/McCain.........Her actions this past week is coming to the forefront. Voters are looking for positive message not negativity and her speech on the stump has been very hateful. McCain should do something about Palin before he self-destruct because it's obvious to me Palin is looking to help herself for 2012. This is no longer John McCain's campaign........that is another obvious point.
Makes no difference. 100,000 people are turning out to see her Monday in Virginia at NASCAR. Sarah is the future and she'll be running for president in 2012 and again in 2016.
Once she gets that loser and wimp McCain off her back, we ll have her in the White House.
Meanwhile it's unlike;y that the wimp appeaser Barack Hussein Osama will last 4 years. He'll probably be impeached as unemployment reaches 20% and people are selling apples in the street.. Oh what a sweet day that will be as Osama and his angry racist wife packup to leave the White House.
She should never have been invited to drop the puck in the first place. I feel little sympathy for Sarah Palin given the way she has handled herself of late, but quite a bit for Willow and Piper. They should never have been put in that position. Another great parenting decision to go along with 'not blinking' when you were asked to join the ticket knowing your daughter was pregnant and would soon become the focus of national media attention.
For once I must say, good job Phili!
truth be known she she probaly can't play hockey ,we know she is clueless about politics. go home ,raise your children SARA.
What a joke. Palin should go back to Alaska