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. Kysha~ Maryland

    Apparently Philly is not the city of "Sisterly Love"!!

    October 11, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. Sarcastic Sam

    It's too bad... they didn't get to hear her talk about abortion. Or Obama's terrorists buddies. Or anything else hateful or divisive.

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Roberto

    Philadelphia, thank you for your inspired response.

    Let's send her packing on Nov 4th. We don't want her kind here!

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Bruce

    McCain/Palin have become a threat to national security.

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. Kelly

    My fellow Philadelphian's made me proud

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. H-Town

    That's a shame.........(Seinfeld style)

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. Lin

    ROFLOL!!!

    ... wish I was there..

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. yanick

    I am so happy that she got bood, she has been to mean to Obama.. hypocrite & fake christian

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Mary

    Aw.
    I feel bad for her......not.

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. Rashawn

    I loved the Obama signs in the background as well.....

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Judith in Indiana

    How gratifiying. Even sports fans gave caught on to her game and are booing her.

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. Marcus

    I almost felt sorry for Palin, but then I remembered all of the hate speeches and lies she's been giving for the past few days.

    October 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. True Independant

    She has been exposed, she is a very nice looking lady. There is no way she is ready to lead the free world. All readers of this post have to ask themselves, do you honestly think she would have ran for president on her own against McCain. The answer is she would not have.

    October 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Coz

    Philly, you've made me proud. This woman can't just come to the mainland as a political gimmick and think we are all going to love her just because she's spunky.

    Go Science! Go Gay Rights! Go America!

    October 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    Most of us were booing not because of Palin but because Ed Snyder (dolt owner of the Flyers) decided to use a nonpartisan sporting event to advance his agenda of trying to get McCain elected. As a NYer, I was happy with the booing and with the final score.

    October 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. republicans hate america

    Awesome.....That is how America feels about you Palin.

    October 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. CARL

    Thanks Philly because Palin is not wanted. She started a very big disruption in our country and we do not need to put each other down black or white because we are all in this thing together. It is time for blacks and whites to come together becuase it is going to take all of us to make this country strong again.So this is why we need to vote. Because we don't need confusion in our white house. Our Black and White ancestors build this country for us to live in peace but we should never expect americans to retaliate on americans.The United States Of America stands for peace and very human being is equal and not divided.We need to stop putting each other down WORK TOGETHER. Sarah Palin started this whole corruption about terrorist and now the repulicans want to blame it on Dems and that is wrong. Why should we put some one like her in office that is dishonest and tells lies.

    October 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. PotCalledKettle

    Yep she deserves more than boos!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. rob

    Another failed gimmick.

    October 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Dianne Bourbonnais IL

    I ask Sarah Palin if that was worth "the honor"? I'd like a clue as to why she puts her children in these situations. Is she working for sympathy votes?

    October 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. Tim

    I think that's a fair indication of what her mouth has wrought....

    October 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. m c

    Well , great, you rude Democrats in Philly!!! Somehow, Republicans always come off as being more polite and intelligent. Oh, wait, maybe it's because we are!!! For God's sake, she had her daughters with her. I hope Obama's daughters get the same treatment soon !!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. California Democrat

    That comes as no surprise! Lol, she sucks.....

    October 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Debbie

    A gallon of gas in Loganville GA $3.49. Booing Sarah Palin PRICELESS!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    sarah palin need to just sit her racial self down and stop making it bad on mccain you are a loser go home

    October 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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