8:05: Thanks everyone for reading and commenting along. Have a great weekend.
I am now going to go eat everything in the world I can find.
7:59: For some reason, I’m finding it easy to be snarkier tonight than last night. Maybe that’s not cool. OK, it’s for sure not cool. I — and a lot of people — need to remember that even if he’s not telling all the truth, he’s at least telling some truth.
And that’s something.
7:54: A commenter just asked whether I posted on the VeloNews live blog. No, I didn’t. I’m busy typing here. What did the person impersonating me say, though?
7:52: Lance just used “apoplectic” in a sentence. Nobody can ever take that away from him.
7:50: He’s talking about his mom. My wind is wandering. I snapped back to attention to wonder, “Really, she didn’t know? His mom didn’t know?” Because if not, she wasn’t paying attention.
Or she knew and he didn’t know she knew. That’s my guess.
7:47: Did you try to pay off USADA?
A: No. That’s just not true.
Personal note: I don’t care very much about these nitty-gritty things. There’s so much he has done that specific small things he has or has not done don’t really factor in. He’s admitted so much that most people’s impression is — and I include myself — he did everything he was accused of.
7:44: Talk around the couch is about the 2 emotional points of this interview so far: talking about his kids, and talking about his foundation.
I’m happy to point out that he shows real emotion when talking about the really good things he’s made in his life.
7:43: Oprah asks why he’s doing this interview, Lance says it’s for the well being of his kids. Oprah and I share a baffled look.
7:36: Talking about his oldest son, “What you’re saying about my dad isn’t true.” And he starts crying. “He never said, ‘Dad, is this true?’ and he trusted me. And I heard about it in the hallways….”
O: what did you say to him?
A: At the time I didn’t say anything, but I knew I had to say something to him. And I had to have the talk with him, over the holidays. I said, listen, I’ve always denied that, but I want you to know that it’s true.
A: I also told my 11-yr old twins. And they didn’t say much, they just accepted it.
Personal note: I get a sick feeling even thinking about having to convey a message of such incredibly deep deception to my children.
A: I told my son, “Don’t defend me anymore. Just don’t.” He’s been remarkably calm about this. Just say, ‘hey, my dad says he’s sorry.’ He said, “OK. I love you, you’re my dad, this won’t change that.”
O: Did you expect defiance, anger, disappointment?
A: Thank God he’s more like Kristin than like me.
The cancer dr beside me said, “Maybe Lance should have sued him.”
7:35: Some demographic stuff I’m wondering about. I wonder how many people who watched the first half of the interview are watching the second half?
Also, I wonder about how many non-cyclists are sticking around for the whole 3 hours of this?
7:31: The reason he didn’t dope when he came back to racing is because Kristin – his X – made him promise not to.
K, I’m the most believing person in the world, but that makes no sense at all to me. He doped even when they were married. Why would he care what his X requested and start heeding her advice now?
7:29: Does anyone know the whole truth?
A: Yeah. And then a weird laugh, and no elaboration.
I’m going to be honest here folks, I’m feeling like the real meat of this interview is behind us.
7:27: Were there people who knew who wanted you to quit?
O: Could they have gotten you to stop?
A: Probably not. But if there was one name, I would say Kristin. She’s a smart, spiritual lady who believes in truth.
7:26: A commenter is worried about the fact that I’m sitting by a cancer doctor. The cancer doctor is Heather, Kenny’s girlfriend. She’s very handy to have around during this.
A: Do I have it? Absolutely. Will it grow? Absolutely.
7:21: How has this changed how you see yourself? “It hasn’t, entirely.” So that’s honest, it seems like.
7:18: Do I want to compete again? Hell yes. I’m a competitor. I don’t think anyone will say that this is not a perfectly honest moment.
“But this isn’t the reason I’m doing this.” Ugh, not everyone’s going to believe that.
“I got a death penalty, everyone else got six months.” He doesn’t feel like this is fair. Weird that someone who has cheated his whole life is now interested in fairness.
7:16: Who he owes apologies to: Frankie, Betsy, Lemond, more. Even Walsh, though he says it (IMHO less than convincingly).
He says he’d like to tell lots of people he’s sorry. And he’s going on an apology tour.
7:14: Did doping cause his cancer? No, I don’t think so, says Lance. The cancer Dr sitting next to me says she’s not aware of a causal effect. She says testosterone is linked to prostate cancer, though. So don’t go thinking you’re out of the woods if you dope, cancer-wise. You just might get a different kind of cancer.
7:10: I wonder what the “moments” from tonight will be. Last night’s were the first couple minutes, the fat joke (I personally think “Fat” is a fine first name, BTW), and the “Oh, I dunno, we sue a lot of people.”
I worry that tonight’s going to get ickily personal. Am I the only one?
7:07: Lance says that of everything, losing his connection is the hardest. And it seems like this is genuine emotion.
I absolutely positively believe this part. I have talked with Lance about a number of things, but his intensity and his “realness” seem much at their strongest when he’s talking about LiveStrong. Whether he’s there or not, I guarantee that he thinks of it as his.
7:03: Lance talking about all of the sponsors leaving him. “The one thing I didn’t think would leave would be the foundation.”
The cancer Doctor I’m sitting by says that it’s silly to say that his chances were less than 50%. She says his chances were way better.
For me, it seems like the very most obvious thing that he’d leave the foundation. I can’t imagine trying to fundraise for LiveStrong right now with him there. Meaning I can’t imagine anyone donating stuff for me to give away, and I can’t imagine anyone donating.
7:02: Lance feels disgraced, humbled, ashamed.
Me: How about humiliated? Trapped?
7:01: The announcer’s voice is ssscaarrrrry.
6:59: Welcome to the LiveBlog. I can’t believe I arrived on time. Only just.
I finished last night’s live blog of the Oprah / Armstrong interview by saying this:
I didn’t do a lot of actual commenting — more just writing what I heard. So I will have to think about whether there’s any point in my doing this again tomorrow night. My current thinking is “no.”
But you know what? I’m going to get back on that horse. Or, for those of you who aren’t good at metaphor, I’m going to live blog the second half of the interview. But I’m going to try to balance writing about what is said with what I’m thinking, on the rare occasion I have a thought to share.
Join me, if you care to. I’ll be traveling and might be a little bit late, or a lot late, so if I am, um, sorry? I guess?
Here’s info, which I have carefully copied and pasted from yesterday’s post, on the where and when:
When is it? 9:00pm ET / 7:00pm MT tonight. Also at 9:00pm PT, although I personally will not make the time-shift. I have not yet mastered time.
What channel will the interview be on? It will be on the OWN network. You can find whether you have OWN and where it is on your service provider by clicking here.
What if I don’t get the OWN network? It will also be streamed online from oprah.com.
Where will the live-blog be happening? Right here. You’ll just have to refresh your browser every couple of minutes, because I don’t know how to make it auto-refresh.