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Friday, October 10, 2008


(Writer's note: I've taken a physical/mental health day from work today after a marathon stretch, so you're going to get a few blogs from me rapid-fire.)

So the Yardbarker sidebar has informed me that Sarah Palin will drop the puck at the Philadelphia Flyers home opener. Let's hope that the Flyers faithful give her the proper welcome as only sports fans in the City of Brotherly Love know how.

I honestly don't understand this move. It's true she's a hockey mom, and likely a hockey fan, but why Philly? She's from Alaska. Wouldn't the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, or Vancouver Canucks be closer? Oh that's right, they don't vote in US elections. But having grown up in the Phillysphere, I've got several problem with this decision. One, politically I'm a Democrat, so I don't like Sarah Palin. Intellectually, I've got a brain, so I don't like Sarah Palin. As a shameless homer, I fail to see her ties to the Flyers. But guess who does have legitimate ties to the area? That's right, her vice presidential opponent, Scranton-born, Claymont-raised, Delaware senator Joe Biden. I haven't heard him say if, but if I were a betting man, I'd wager that Joe, like many northern Delawareans, pulls for the Philly sports teams. Why not have him drop the puck?

Pennsylvania is a battleground state for a reason, and as such, I honestly don't know, politically, which way the hockey fans in Philly lean. But let's hope it's the right--or rather left--way, and she gets a Santa Claus-like greeting.
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