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

Biden booed at Eagles-Giants game

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. KJ

    CNN, I would think there are more important items/stories to post then this one about Senator Biden. Come on, let's be serious and post a column/story with some substance.

    Let's talk about Senator OBama's and Senator Biden's promises for change and what they're going to do for us. I, as many Americans will not forget all of the promises the both of them made and how this country is going to "change". We all will be looking forward to these changes/promises and in particular, the 95% of us who will see a BIG tax cut.

    November 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Paleo

    Owner Jeffrey Lurie was in the picture. They may have been booing him.

    November 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Tom

    Are you kidding? Did you even watch the game? He wasn't booed–the fans were booing a call on the field.

    November 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. AmericaGotItRightThisTime

    Too bad! He will be our Vice-President any way! Suck it up Eagles fans!

    November 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Peter (CA)

    Empty suit-

    We just report the facts, we don't need excuses.

    Excuses is still the realm of the McCain campaign.

    November 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Stephen R

    Don't worry, Phillies. (my grandpa was from Bristol) Your city will be the first stop the new Civilian Army makes to force your allegiance and apologize for your jeers, whether they were for Joe or the bad call. It's okay, you will comply...We will learn to stop cheering and jeering and just attend approved public events.

    November 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. LIP

    It has come to my attention that I said there would be no one for the comedians to have fun with and that I forgot all about Biden. I stand will be good after all. We will have Joe Biden to have fun gaff after another. Just like in the Clinton years...there will be damage control at work behind the scenes.

    November 10, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Texas Teacher

    small base reactions from small minds...... seriously...

    In other words, I don't have a major respect or concern for the responds of sports fans onsite. Their minds are on... well, on competition..... and childish reaction to just about's group mentality... not reality! Obviously, I'm not a sports fan!

    November 10, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Bored at Work

    Maybe they thought the woman sitting next to him was Sarah Palin and they were booing her.

    November 10, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Super D

    What makes me sick is that Obama and Murtha insulted the voters of Pennslyvania and the idiots in that state still voted for both these jerks.

    November 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Nick FL

    lol they were booing the bad call on the field. Football fans know this. Intentional grounding should have been called on Eli, but wasn't. Then it showed Biden as the Giants lined up for the next play. They were booing because of the bad call.

    November 10, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Virginia

    How much did that seat in the owner's box cost US!!!

    November 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Dave

    Good for them. Joe now moves on from stuffing his pockets with the money from predatory lenders headquartered into his state and into a bigger stage. So that means it will just be worse. What a sorry state of affairs we are in (and have been in for decades).

    November 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. EJ

    It's Jeffrey Loria, not Lurie. If if was your owner (Marlins), you'd boo too!

    November 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Brandon

    I don't really like Philadelphia all that much because I am from Harrisburg and I prefer Pittsburgh teams and Baltimore, I just think it's funny that someone from Los Angeles wrote "hicks" about a city that is in one of the busiest areas of the country (New York, cities in New Jersey, Philly, Deleware). Maybe people from California are hicks too since you guys voted for Prop 8. Oh wait I know.........Latino Gang Members......geeze

    Philadelphia isn't hick, just white trash, haha

    November 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Witness From Philly

    I was there - they were booing Lurie more than Biden. You would have too if you were an Eagles fan and saw the way the offense was playing to start the game.

    November 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Steve - York, PA

    CNN, take this off the Ticker already. The fans were booing the terrible call on the field (one of many made against PA teams over the weekend). This is not a story. Thank you.

    November 10, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Dave

    good one Stepehn R.
    Most people probably don't know (since they never educated themselves on candidates) about this proposed civilian army Obama and Biden are floating. Or that he envisions the budget for it to be on scale with the military's (so where will that money come from?). Or about his proposed carbon tax to siphon $5 trillion from taxpayers to fund something we should really be ready to take to the streets to revolt against.

    November 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Eugene

    I hope the pope has no immediate plans to attend a sporting event in the City of Less-Than-Brotherly Love.

    November 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Abe from Iowa

    I was watched this game and they thought it should have been inteional grounding on Eli Manning and they weren't booing at Biden.`

    November 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. April

    Those Philadelphia fans are ruthless.

    November 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Rad Phil

    My god......You got to love the animinity of the internet, because these people come out in droves and say some stupid crap that they can only get away with without seeing their faces.

    To clarify:

    They booed the non-call on intentional grounding by Eli.

    I will repeat (and for those that don't seem to get this afterwards)


    November 10, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. GreatGoogilyMoogily

    Finally, Philly fans are booing for the right reasons. He calls himself a Roman Catholic yet defies the church's pro-life stance. (Philly has a lot of Catholics.)

    You might think that was it. But no. It is probably because he dresses and acts like a cheesy game show host.

    November 10, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Jim Rhodes

    Texas Teacher wrote about Palin being booed:

    thank you… sports fans… this is how we end this terrorism and show these fanatics what we think of their evil fear mongering….. Obama is not a terrorist nor does has terrorist friends… it is McCain's bunch who are the terrorists…. the terrorists who are a threat to all we hold dear in this country…. our pride!

    Texan Teacher wrote about Biden being booed:

    small base reactions from small minds…… seriously…

    In other words, I don't have a major respect or concern for the responds of sports fans onsite. Their minds are on… well, on competition….. and childish reaction to just about anything….it's group mentality… not reality! Obviously, I'm not a sports fan!

    November 10, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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