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The best, and real, drama is always at Olympics

Updated: February 26, 2006, 10:04 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

TORINO, Italy -- Can we finally stop hearing how "American Idol" beat the Olympics in the ratings?

As if that's proof of anything, anyway. "The Simple Life" got higher ratings than Masterpiece Theater. More people saw "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" than "Before Sunset." "The DaVinci Code" sold more copies than "The Plot Against America." The Dodgers outdrew the White Sox.

If we judge quality and value on the basis of popularity and recognition, we'll have to consider Britney Spears more important ...

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