The Next Vice President Takes in a Game

Both Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her rival, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., took in some games Saturday night.

Palin's trip was more fraught with risk, as she braved the home of the Philadelphia Flyers to throw down a puck, in a town where sports fans are notorious for even having booed Santa Claus.

On the jumbotron a warning message flashed, admonishing: "Flyers fans, show Philadelphia's class and welcome America's #1 hockey mom, Sarah Palin."

Boos and loud chants against Palin were drowned out by some healthy applause and deafening PA music.

Palin was savvy enough to also bring her daughters Willow and Piper, who sported a Flyers jersey,  with her on the ice.

Biden , meanwhile, better hope he has better luck than his favorite college football team, the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens.

The senator showed some alumni team spirit and attended Saturday's Blue Hen gridiron duel with the University of Maine Black Bears, only to see his alma mater crash to a 27-10 home defeat.

Accompanied by his wife Jill and school president Patrick Harker and his spouse Emily, Biden took in the action from a box at the 50-yard line at Tubby Raymond field, flashing thumbs up to players, leaning over the box's protective bar, and standing up for big plays along with the 26,000-strong crowd.

At one point, Biden rose to his feet along when Maine intercepted a Delaware pass, displaying his Blue Hen bravado for the second time this season.

On Sept. 19, upon departing Wilmington for Washington, D.C., the Delaware lawmaker met with the Blue Hen squad at the airport, boasting that he had just been in Ohio where he told voters that the Delaware team would "kick Ohio State's ass."

"I was out in Ohio," Biden said, holding a football as he addressed the team. "I told folks in Ohio that we'd kick Ohio State's ass."

Just days before, Biden had concluded a two-day Buckeye State bus tour.

Of course, the Blue Hens promptly lost their game against Furman the next day, 23-21, to fall to 1-2 on the year.

And it didn't get any better for them on Saturday, as Biden's boys crashed to their second consecutive defeat following last week's 17-7 setback at Massachusetts.

Not only might Saturday's loss sting because the school's favorite senator was in attendance, but even more so because Delaware succumbed to the Black Bears, who had yet to record a Colonial conference win before tonight.

Now that Maine is off the schnide, Delaware remains one of the league's only winless teams. Biden will hope he fares better than his alma mater on Election Day in just over three weeks.

-- Jake Tapper, Matt Jaffe and Imtiyaz Delawala

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