Ok, Nikon has 2 Stops of DR over Canon. Now go take some real photos Michael.
it's not the DR so much as the FPN
FPN is just ugly
take the old D90 for example
only 1 stop better DR at it's 200 ISO base than a 5D3 but that old D90 has a very random noise characteristic which is much more acceptable than the stripey noise most Canon bodies produce.
When it comes down to the gritty, I think even Mikael Risedal would prefer a camera with one stop less DR if it didn't have FPN to contend with.
You've seen what I can do with a raw file, I understand Nikon has a better sensor. Big whoop.
I could still get great photos on 35mm film, a d30, MF film, or even a 4x5. Doesn't matter to me, I just prefer how the canon camera gets out of my way.