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Gimme the Olympics over 'Idol'

Brian Murphy's a little depressed "American Idol" is beating the Olympics in the TV ratings. The Olympics have more to offer -- including curling and Lindsey Jacobellis.

Updated: February 20, 2006, 12:51 PM ET
By Brian Murphy | Special to Page 2

It's easy to figure out why "American Idol" is crushing the Olympics in our great nation's TV ratings race.

"Idol" stole the Olympic story line -- and dumbed it down to a no-brainer format.

That is to say, "Idol" tells the tale of a young person chasing a dream, either reaching the mountaintop or not, all in 60 short minutes -- and you don't have to sit through a Croatian luger's second qualifying heat to get there.

And, in the most galling development of all if you're ...

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