As one journo just said: "I feel like barfing, and it's not from all the beer I drank last night ..."
Back on CNN: Betsy Andreu and Dan Coyle, as well as Bicycling's Bill Strickland.
Besty: "I couldn't watch tonight, I wanted to, but couldn't. It's a sense of relief and also vindication. And a sense of sadness... how it has affected so many people in such a destructive way."
Besty: "My fear is that if he was to get a slap on the wrist, things would go back to the way they were... I hope that he will testify to USADA. He's hurt a lot of people. It can't be underestimated, and I don't think he even understands the emotional toll it took."
Having not watched tonight, Betsy can't believe Armstrong thinks he deserves to compete again.
Strickland: "What we're seeing here is someone that doesn't know how to tell the truth."
@Mike From what I understand, it was extended.
Mike — I looked into that. If the feds are in "talks" with other parties, then the deadline is arbitrary. We have indications they will join.
Coyle: "Former teammates thought he was contrite, even if no one else saw it."
So, I think this will all be noted for what he didn't say more than what he did say. Of note, that he did not mention:
UCI complacency, Thomas Weisel, and of course the comeback
Betsy: "The way he was on the phone with us (apologizing) was very different than the way he was on TV... Being contrite is a new concept to Lance."
wow. Anderson. "Jeff, I don't know how often you're running out there."
Coyle: He has a cinematic notion of himself.
Coyle: "It's a puzzle he would do this in front of 4.3M viewers"
Matt G: Chris C. has avoided the spotlight here, for the most part. We'll look into it.
Funny moment, seeing Anderson Cooper explain to legal analyst that triathlon is actually a pretty big community/sport
Several comments over past few days that Dan Coyle looks a bit like Matthew Perry during his time on "Friends". Not gonna touch that one.
Wait, yes I am. He does.
Betsy, just stunned. "He's just not getting it."
Betsy: "Are you kidding me? You lost $75M? Boo hoo hoo. What about Greg LeMond's bike company? What about Scott Mercier not having a career? He's just not getting it."
On the topic of the $250K "bribe" offer to USADA, both Betsy and Strickland say they believe Tygart, not Armstrong
Bottom line: Oprah was a mistake.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Noobin says, from legal side of things, Oprah interview was "a huge mistake"
Betsy: "Kristin distributed drugs for Lance. I have a HUGE problem with that."
Betsy, on Kik: She distributed drugs for Lance.