November 10th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Biden booed at Eagles-Giants game

Joe Biden went to the Eagles-Giants game Sunday and got booed.
Joe Biden went to the Eagles-Giants game Sunday and got booed.

(CNN) – People sure to draw the ire of Philadelphia sports fans: Cowboys players. Supporters of any visiting team. Presidential running mates.

Weeks after Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin got a brutal greeting at the rink, football fans gave a similar reception to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

As Eagles fans watched their team lose to the New York Giants Sunday night, a shot of Biden on the big screen elicited boos from the notoriously tough home crowd, the Associated Press reports.

Biden sat in Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie's box, taking in the game during his first weekend off since Tuesday's election.

Sarah Palin was booed when she dropped the puck at the Philadelphia Flyers season opener in October. But Philadelphia is a heavily Democratic city, and Palin is not a Pennsylvania native. (Eagles fans also infamously threw snowballs at Santa Claus at a December 1968 game.)

Born in Scranton and now a resident of nearby Wilmington, Delaware, Biden calls himself an Eagles fan but emphasizes that his wife Jill, raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, is the real fan in the family.

"My wife is a die-hard Eagles fan, so we watch every Eagles game," Biden told reporters during a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in September.

"I'm not allowed to say this," he added, whispering to the reporters, "but I also like the Giants."

So maybe it was the fact that Biden had no real allegiance to either team Sunday night that drew Philadelphians' ire, or perhaps it was simply the risk one takes attending a game in the City of Brotherly Love.


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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Hansel

    Pretty sure they were booing the non-call on intentional grounding by Eli

    November 10, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Cynthia; Bham

    Sounds like sour grapes to me.

    November 10, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Thed Weller

    I'm sure he lost no sleep...

    November 10, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Obama-Biden

    Change. We're full of it.
    :-)

    November 10, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Go Away Bush

    Pretty pathetic and childish behavior from the sports fans... but that's nothing new from these guys.

    November 10, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Bridgette-PA

    Slow news day, CNN??

    November 10, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Southern Girl in NYC

    its probably b/c rich die-hard cowboy football fans who can afford tickets to an Eagles-Giants game are likely McCain supporters.

    November 10, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. FactCheck

    Yeah I'm a Giants fan and yeah I booed him... jealous?

    November 10, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. KG

    "Pretty sure they were booing the non-call on intentional grounding by Eli"

    Agreed. I thought that was obvious as the booing began before they showed him.

    November 10, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. BM

    Well, I guess race isn't a factor anymore.

    November 10, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Doug R.

    Lots of sports fans are like adult children who never really grew up.

    November 10, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Iroko Nija

    CNN I thought the electio is over and am suprised you have continued to press on every newsless issue to be news. Biden is the VP-ELECT and we the democrats are indeed grateful to Americans and the world for their support for the Obama-Biden ticket.
    Iroko

    November 10, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. LIP

    Perhaps they were booing Biden because of his last gaff when he let it slip that anyone making $150k per year was considered rich and would be taxed accordingly so all those do-nothings can get their entitlement program. Entitled to stay at home and let someone else make their living for them.

    November 10, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. greta

    the fans were not booing biden. they were booing the refs.

    November 10, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. We finally got who we wanted!!!

    That's right baby, the G-Men go to 8-1 by CRUSHING the beagles. We'll see ya on Dec. 7th for a good old home town woopin!!!

    YES WE DID

    OB '12

    November 10, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. slickingdom

    Probably Eagles fans booing because of the way the Eagles were
    playing. Only in Philadelphia !!

    Don't forget, Obama/Biden won the majority of votes in South Eastern PA.

    They probably spotted Rudy Giuliani !!!

    November 10, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Georgia Gal

    Wow ... Philly fans, they're one tough crowd, aren't they??

    November 10, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. JL

    Anyone politician who goes to a Philadelphia sporting event gets booed. It's a very disrespectful and childish crowd and for some sick reason, they take pride in being mean. I didn't like it when they did it to Sarah Palin, or VP-Elect Beden, but it is what it is and politicians who go to those games expect it.

    November 10, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Arpan Shah

    Yes, they were booing the intentional grounding call, which happened to coincide with the cut to Joe Biden. This is petty, irresponsible journalism. I'm shocked that the AP picked up this farce of a story. And one would think that given all of the fancy electoral maps and hologram-technology Wolf Blitzer has at his disposal during the election, that nobody in the 'best politcal team in the universe' questioned why Joe Biden would be booed in Philly.

    November 10, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Michelle, PA

    Philadelphia sports fans booing? Oh yeah, that's news.

    November 10, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. azresearch

    I guess that shows what American people think of politicians.

    November 10, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Richard

    The fans were booing the non-call on the field as the TV coverage went to Biden. The AP should get its facts straight rather than trying to stir up controversy. Even my eleven year old could tell what actually happened.

    November 10, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Bridget

    Ehhh, I heard that there was a foul against Philly and that's where the boos came from. Objective reporting?

    November 10, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Kidruff

    I don't think they were booing him I beleve it was the intentional grounding non-call on Eli Manning. His face just happened to come on the screen after that play. Don't think he'd lose too much sleep over it anyway.
    Go Giants! Go Obama-biden!

    November 10, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Steve

    NO, NO, NO – Jeffrey Lurie, the owner was booed!! Get your story straight...

    November 10, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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