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. tiff of Lithia Springs

    Palin for goodness sake when you get home go to a Juneteenth celebration. Jeeze!!

    October 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. DARLENE

    wtg NHL, people are seeing that palin is nothing but lies and full of hate but that is the way of a person who will lie to her own state of alaska. So she need to clean out her closet befor she works on someone elses. Im 65 and a white lady, im going for the good of my country and OBAMA is the one

    October 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Felly

    A well deserved boo, Mrs. Troopergate huh.

    October 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Cathy

    HAHHAHAHAHAHAHA- Ya suppose that helped her already over inflated ego any?
    But seriously, It's a shame her daughters had to be witness to that, but I get the feeling she uses her children as political pawns. I'm sorry to say I just can't stand this woman and honestly wish she and her thug Todd would please go back to Alaska!

    October 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. Dave T

    Eewww. I just hate that for her! Those mean people!

    October 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. KIM WILLIAMS, VENICE CA

    lol...Philly fans see through the b.s.

    October 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. SCARED FOR THE OBAMAS

    Sorry to hear that, but we (Palin, RNC, McCane, etc,) must learn that our mouths can sometimes be our worst enemy.

    That sorry speech at the RNC convention opened up this Pandora's box.

    All Americans are not filled with hate. Sarah and friends, your game has been peeped. WINK WINK

    October 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. America Speaks...

    This shows the true feelings of Americans toward Palin and McCain and to top it off... It's Hockey there probably wasn't one African American in the crowd...LOL!! Obama has broad, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-fath support. Clean campaigns are the way to go McCain!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Jan in the 'live free or die' state

    What a joke Sarah is. She thinks she can waltz into any hockey game and be welcomed by the crowd? Not! What an idiot.

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Catherine

    Sports belong to the fans, not the politicians. Shame on Ed Snider for trying to use the Flyers as a republican platform.

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. eric, san diego

    That should teach Palin to infuse her dirty politics in major league sports! Swine!

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Mark

    The country has seen what McCain and Palin represents and they don't like it. The most racial candidates every. Republican Conservatives at there worst. Spewing hate and racial words towards OBAMA. We want a real leader Obama. McCain own state of Arizona has turned against him for what he now stands for. Defeat radical McCain and Palin. Vote now for Obama/Biden. They don't waste time on radical talk.

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. s.positive

    This is only the beginning of the rejection of this figure of hate...

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Cynthia; Bham

    Hate she could booed in front of her children but she has said some very negative things about Senator Obama that his children might have heard.

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Ken J

    So...the Philly Flyers iced Sarah. Booing seems appropriate for a Hockey Mom who will be spending time in the penality for the "first" finding of abusing power in Troopergate.

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. RyanM

    Poor calculation by the McCain campaign. Don't put your candidate in a potentially embarrasing situation. Although Palin seems to do just fine in doing that without any help.

    Someone who was found to have abused the power of her office by 12-0 bipartison vote(most of 12 being Republicans) does deserved to be booed I guess. Further the Alaska Supreme Court found the investigation was not pollitcally tainted and allowed it to continue.

    They should have known the nature of the crowd and canceled the appearance or not have allowed it to happen at all. Given the events of the past week it is evident that John McCain is not truly in charge of his campaign.

    Rolling the daughters out there was yet another poor calculation. That should have never been allowed.

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Joe Kegger

    Funny. No HILLLLIARIOUS!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Harmony

    LMBO!!!

    Philly is not the place for her! Its dead center in Obama land. She must have missed the memo: People were sleeping outside for Obama in PHILLY. Amazing

    Next stop NASCAR!

    October 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Art

    That's what obama has sown. He's dividing the country.

    October 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. Leah,Texas

    If I had been there I would have boo'ed her too!

    October 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. KC

    I knew I like the Flyer's fans for some reason.

    October 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Dave

    It was hilarious. I believe it will not be the last of the "boos" for her or her running mate

    October 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Neal

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!
    The honeymoon is over.

    October 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. zago

    She is not relevant anymore. See no one even cares about her indictment in the troopergate

    October 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Geraldine

    When is she going to realize we don't like her and her foul mouth. She is another Cheney. Abuse of power. God love us.

    October 11, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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