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Sarah Palin on ice

Self-described "Hockey Mom" and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will drop the ceremonial first puck when the Philadelphia Flyers open the NHL season on Saturday against the New York Rangers.

Here's the Associated Press story from Philly.com, in which Flyers owner and John McCain supporter Ed Snider tries to explain why this isn't just a partisan political photo opportunity.

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Can't imagine it's sitting well with Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden, who is the U.S. Senator from Delaware but spent the vice presidential debate talking so much about his roots in the election battleground state of Pennsylvania that I started to wonder if (as Roger Clemens put it) I mis-remembered his state affiliation.

Don't know how this will play from a political standpoint, but it isn't playing well on Philly.com, where a reader feedback poll is running 62 percent against the idea.

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