When Palin took center ice, she initially was greeted by a round of boos for the first 15 seconds of her two-minute appearance.The fact that she dragged her poor kid out there to face the Philly horde didn't make things any better. The New York Times has an angle on the incident I didn't even think about before now:
After that, there were cheers.
But throughout the appearance, there was a competition among chanters, with some yelling, “Palin, Palin” and others shouting, “Obama, Obama.’
The level of discomfort has been palpable for the Rangers’ two Alaska natives, Gomez and Brandon Dubinsky, as they have been asked questions about Palin and the election in recent weeks. Dubinsky, a 22-year-old who has shied away from nothing since he broke in with the Rangers last year, looks petrified when the topic is brought up.Hockey players don't need to deal with this shit. The fans who were there for the home opener didn't need to deal with this shit and that poor kid sure didn't need to see her mom booed by several thousand people.
A big fat BOOOOOO to the owner of the Flyers for pulling this crap.
UPDATE: Not making this up. Here's some background info:
Official press release from the Flyers - 10/8/08
The appearance was a tie in with an "Ultimate Hockey Mom" contest.
Reaction to the announcement from Flyers fans on the official team forum.
The New York Post (not an unbiased source, obviously) lambastes the move as a political stunt by Flyers CEO and McCain/Palin supporter Ed Snider.
ESPN article on the puck drop.