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.
'America's #1 hockey mom' gets booed at an NHL game, how ironic.
Bet they wouldn't have booed as much had she dropped herself as the puck.
While I do not agree with the crowd booing her I can understand their frustration. As McCain said today The crowd in Philadelphia is angry too. Rightfully so in light of this hateful and divisive rhetoric lately. Palin should be ashamed for trying to pull our country apart after all the painful growing pains we as americans have had to go through to get to this point of finally learning to respect each other regardless of race.
Even the hockey fans can see through the hockey mom. Gives me hope.
After being found guilty of abusing her power I am not one bit surprised
The McCain/Palin campaign staff's first idea was to have her poke a bear with a stick, you know, just to see what happens.
I guess they thought trotting her out in front of Philly fans was less cruel?
We are getting a good look at the McCain mainstream: bigoted, backward looking ideologues.
Notice how most of the moderate Republicans have stayed away the last two weeks.
It's Cindy, Sarah and John aka " the angry menage a trois"
You mean no winking? A whole minute and a half on center ice for cameras? Wow ... for someone who loves the limelight, Ms. Breach of Ethics didn't stay too long basking in her own glory now did she? It's only a matter of time Moose Mom! You'd better just hope the residents of 'Alaaaaska' still think so highly of you. Darn tootin'.
Did anyone expecting anything else? I LOVE IT the Flyers will now be my second favorite team.
The sad thing is that Republicans like hockey too....
What goes up, must come down!
GOOD, now FAILIN. KNOWS the results of her hate mongering rallys, maybe she'll wake up and and try to speak like she has some sense, i know that's asking too much
McCain and Palin really should just go away. Maybe to Alaska.
Obama/Biden – can't wait another minute
Ahhhhh Sarah... Sorry, as a native Philadelphian I would have told ya, we can see thru bullcrap.. your you betcha politics won't work in Philly. We are to advanced and diverse as a city.. remember we are a city of quakers we believe in treating all people with respect and dignity.. NO Redneck, limited educated, closed minded folks for miles....
While I dont condone the booing of Palin especially with her kids there, it should send a message that people are tired of her and her mean spirited, vindictive ways. I hope she gets the message but i doubt it will have any effect on her ugly ways
Thank-you Philadelphia fans, it does my heart good to see that the nation isn't blinded by her fake folksy charm.
Wow. Just WOW.
I am a Christian, and I support Obama.
So called "Evangelical" Christians (on the far right) are no different than extreme Muslims like the Taliban or Al Qaeda. They try to use THEIR IDEA of religion as a means so suppress free thought of others and label them as evil and "infidels".
Tell us all how you are no different "Evangelical Christians"???
Tell us please.. I BEG OF YOU!
It's over, McCain-Palin.
For the respect of your country, help heal the rift you've caused.
I think Philadelphia is now my favorite city!
At the RNC, McCain shot Palin out of a cannon. She went up and up and everyone watched. Now, she's on the way down. Look out. It's going to be a mess...
This is a publicity stunt and she doesn't care about the economic conditions that we are going through right now. She is not ready to lead. Have your five minutes of fame now Sarah, your career is over.
She should be booed. She is a disgrace and a complete crook !
I only wish I was there to boo along with them. I hope this secessionist throwback family goes back to Alaska with their tails between their legs.
Awwww. Poor lil' pitbull. People finally realized that vicious is not attractive, you see. Even when it comes with a pretty face.
Good, they finally wised in the swing states