November 10th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
9 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. Frank from Peterborough

    Just a quick not to the blogger calling themselves LIP. Time to get over your hate and join the human race. Spite will only tear you apart so try the hope process and give some support to your country and just maybe things will get better.

    November 10, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Empty suit, empty promises

    Ah, the Obamabots are out in force "explaining" why Biden got booed.

    We are going to get four years of "explanations" and "reasons" why this happened and that happened.

    Maybe they booed because these smart folks are ticked that he didn't know who the President was in 1929 or that the TV was not invented or his plagarism, or the FACT that the diner that he frequents that has been closed for twenty years?

    The media should have been booed for NOT reporting these gaffes, but simply booing Biden will do for now.

    November 10, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. gerri

    I bet no one got up and yelled "Im im a Republican "either.

    November 10, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Glenn in California

    Well, I'm sure the Eagles fans were mad 'cuz the Giants kicked butt. GO GIANTS!! Could be Super Bowl repeats.

    By the way, GO OBAMA/BIDEN!!! I know our expectations are high, but I think most everyone thinks they can deliver on the promise. For all of our sakes, I hope so.

    November 10, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. nswerver

    doesnt joe biden have anything better to do than waste time at a football game? Please explain. What a waste.

    November 10, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Bill Hamlin

    Beer , bad blocking and Biden are all subject to boos from true blue football fans!

    November 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon-by-the-Sea, Oregon

    If the citizens of Pennsylvania are this rude, maybe the rest of the nation should just boycott going there and spending our money.

    That is what I plan to do.

    I was in Pennsylvania in 2000 and had plans to return if possible. Maybe now I had better stay away....

    Sounds too dangerous to go there.

    November 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Nancy

    Well, I'm a Bears fan myself. But they shouldn't be booing Biden, it's not his fault the Eagles were getting spanked!

    November 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Peggy

    Don't you guys (reporters) watch football ? They were booing the playy on the field, morons.
    Get with the program here. Not everything is political this is a football game guys, they were booing the grounding and non-call by the refs.

    November 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. An American

    With all the bad things being said about Sarah Palin getting a few boos is nothing. No one seems to care how they are STILL trasing her and the campaign is well over. Who cares about Joe Biden.

    Obama is the one that will be getting the boos and that won't be too far off. He is going to "come out of the closet" so to speak and show his real agenda and just who he really is in not the too distant future. I understand that the media that traveled with him during the campaign found him distant and creepy. Whoa, how come "that" did not come out before the election?

    November 10, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. roy -IL

    Let me be perfectly clear....
    It's always time for the Philly fans to have some boo'ing fun!
    Let me repeat...TIME!
    Love ya Joe!

    November 10, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Aaron

    Umm, OKAY!?

    November 10, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Anita of georgia

    They can boo to the cows come home. It's want change the out come of the race. I suppose their candidate lost. I'll take change over the same anyday.

    November 10, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Junius

    Yeah we were not booing Biden, we were booing the bad call and Jeffrey Lurie, the worst owner in the history of worst owners.

    That being said the national hockey mom was very muched booed and very much the cause of the 87% votes for obama and Biden in Philly!!

    The eagles may have lost but we have the world champs Phillies!!!!

    November 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Sean

    I booed him and i voted for him.

    It doesn't have to make sense if it makes us feel better.

    November 10, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Grettel

    It could just be that the Philadelphia sports fans are, overall, a group of neandrathals. Philadelphia – The City that Hates You Back!

    November 10, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. President Barack Obama

    CNN has issues!!!

    November 10, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Jack Jodell

    Those boos will be turning to cheers when Obama and Biden get this economy turned around and end the influence of the for-the-rich-only neocons!

    November 10, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Amy





    cnn please post...thank you.

    November 10, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. md

    This is actually not true. I was watching the game and there was a bad call that went against the Eagles at the same time they were showing the clip of Biden...I was with a room full of Eagles fans who were doing the same thing...booing the call and not really caring that Biden was up there...there is also a gap time for when the shot goes up on the stadium screen and when it is actually broadcast. I am saying this even as a Cowboys fan...give the Eagles fans a break!

    November 10, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Simmy

    Those are Sarah Palin crowds. They somehow get word of the itinerary of Dems and follow them around just to boo and make mischief. They are very sore losers! Keep praying for them!

    November 10, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. globalgroove

    Almost a week after the election and still sour grapes. You people who are still seething are not normal. And you still don't have your facts correct.

    November 10, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Proud to be American

    Hey Biden withsttod Palin no angry fans can get his goat.... you betcha!

    November 10, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Molly B

    Whatever......folks just need to vent. A good way to do it!

    November 10, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. laura

    the City of Brotherly Love? ........ and the love would be where?

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