October 11th, 2008
09:28 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin booed at NHL game in Philadelphia

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/11/art.hockey.cnn.jpg caption="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. Diane

    I hate to hear of anyone being booed.... but when you compare that to the hatred that the McCain campaign is creating.... well I guess the booing may have been deserved.

    October 12, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  2. PEACHES of LA

    2008 – 2012 – Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden

    I approve of political competition but I do not approve of political character smears. When one opponent starts to smear the other that convinces me that they are trying to hide something. I am an Obama supporter AND A CHRISTIAN because he is a CHRISTIAN, a gentleman and does not have to stoop to the level of McCain and Palin.

    Palin, I don't give you credit for being a sensible person because you burst onto the campaign and immediately agreed to be a "bull dog mouth piece." It is sad that you don't recognize what they are doing to you. Sorry you missed your true title. I was proud of you as a lady getting a chance to show that we can do a good job when given the opportunity; however, you have failed us ladies but you have satisfied that other party that will stoop to any measure to win. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN! You do not look cute when carrying out those scripts – definitely not looking like a beauty queen!!! YOU WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT SO YOU NEED NOT CAMPAIGN FOR IT NOW – UNDERHANDLEDLY! Poor McCain can't see your tactics.

    October 12, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  3. Uche Enyioko

    Gov. Palin, you got what you bargained. This is price of abuse of power, lies and negative actions against innocent citizens of our great nation.

    October 12, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  4. Scott Stump

    I knew I liked Philadelphians. Way to go Philly!

    October 12, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  5. Shirley-Ohio

    Her personal attacks on Obama has ruined her reputation, not to mention her troopergate. There is always a respectable way to campaign without the negativity.

    October 12, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  6. Enzo - Canada

    I'm afraid this might be one of the nicest responses she could get considering all her racist references (dating back to her speech at the convention, by the way). I'm really happy to see that people are standing up against racism.

    October 12, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  7. Toye

    America must rediscover herself

    October 12, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  8. Nicole in Ga

    After Palin's hate rallies this past week she deserves to be booed. Who does she think she is coming out of nowhere in Alaska and trying to cause race wars and hate down here ? Nothing like this happened in a long time until she opened her big mouth. Shame on John McCain for choosing such an running mate who now has an ETHICS violation. She should never again open her mouth to ever question the character of anyone.

    October 12, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  9. former Hillary supporter

    These people should show some respect for the future VP of America

    October 12, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  10. Dave N

    Nelson: HA-ha!

    October 12, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  11. Fabian Blache

    Too bad I wasn't there to lend my voice to the effort. Booooo!

    October 12, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  12. Vivita Johnson

    I guess she is not the "hockey mom" she thought she was. We as a American country need real solutions not this pretty woman attitiude.We have lost everything as a great nation except our dignity now we don't want to lose our respect because we want to shelter the hockey mom from asking tough questions. McCain is looking for a vice -president not a vice governor.

    October 12, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  13. Jason

    I'm not surprise that she has been booed.
    The vicious hateful things that have been coming out of her mouth has no place in America today. She is an extremist

    October 12, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  14. Hispanic for Obama

    People in Philadelphia are just showing Palin their displeasure with her scare tactics. For every 1 person she's gained, she's lost 2 for McCain.

    LOL I love this. Thanks America!!

    October 12, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  15. RO

    You get what you give, in this case hate.

    October 12, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  16. Stephy

    Lets see if she can spin this and make it Obama fault. She and her sidekick have tried to pin everything else on him. Oh look the sun is comming up...That's Obama's fault.


    October 12, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  17. terry

    Finally she gets some neg. taste and how she is NOT a hockey mom. and now reaching to soccer mom's...sigh..go back to Alaska and as they refer to us(outside..lower 48) don't go outside again once you reach wasilla.

    October 12, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  18. Karen

    Thanks Philly! I'm a Met fan but now I'm rooting for your Phillies!

    I was hoping that would be the reaction she'd get. The so-called "hockey mom" was booed at a hockkey game- how ironic.

    And how inappropriate for Ed Snider to inject his politics into the arena and then expect fans to comply with this choice. Well, it backfired. Even with the loud music trying to drown out the boos and Palin again dragging her kids into the fray, it was obvious that this was a mistake. But I can guarantee if she would have been applauded overwhelmingly, the McCain campaign would have used that video over and over. Too bad.

    October 12, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  19. Soldier Girl

    She's out of her league!

    October 12, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  20. kelvin

    Eventhough I am not from Philly, reading about their act makes me appreaciate that city. A true American City which stands for all that America is – don't settle for less! God bless Philly.

    October 12, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. kelvin

    Eventhough I am not from Philly, reading about their act makes me appreciate that city. A true American City which stands for all that America is – don't settle for less! God bless Philly.

    October 12, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. kevin heard

    Sarah Palin is "Bad News for this country. Her message is not one that resonates in this period of American suferring. After "W", we certaintly cannot afford a Scout Leader as VP.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. king

    well done philly"well done"

    October 12, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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