American Idol and the National Hockey League

Zachary SchiffCorrespondent IMay 16, 2008

Syesha was kicked off of American Idol on Wednesday after delivering better performances than both of the other contestants.

For those who don't watch American Idol, or wish they didn't (like me), let me explain. Syesha is a girl. And black.

Now, there are only two contestants left: David Cook and David Archuleta. Both male, both white.

If I was a black girl rooting for Syesha, why would I continue to watch two white men fight for something that shouldn't be theirs?

Last Sunday, the New York Rangers lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Regardless of whether or not there was some big conspiracy, the third round of the playoffs featured two Pennsylvania teams: a team that has won three Stanley Cups since 1997, and a team that won it in 1999. Both series went 3-0 before turning 3-1.

Why, as a Ranger fan, would I continue watching?

Different shows, different performers, different sports and different stages. 

Same results.

Get rid of the only black performer, and they lose their ratings. Get rid of the female, and lose some of them. Get rid of the Rangers, and lose a lot of ratings.

I have personally not watched any of the Penguin/Philadelphia Flyer series. Not a second. I watched the third period of Game three of the Detroit Red Wings/Dallas Stars and the second period of Game four. That's it.

A lot has to do with work schedule, but to be honest, I haven't had much interest. The past few years, I watched with interest as the Tampa Bay Lightnings beat the Calgary Flames (I rooted for the Flames), the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers (I rooted for the Oilers), and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators (I rooted for the Senators).

This year, I don't know if it is because Pittsburgh is in it, because the Rangers lose in such a disgusting controversial manner, or because the officiating is deciding games when they should just be fair. Half the Rangers' losses in the second round; tonight's "no goal" call on the Red Wings, but my viewership is down.

If the Rangers were still in, I'd watch both series keenly. But they took away my Syesha.

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