“The entire interview was difficult,” Winfrey said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.” […] Winfrey went on to explain that while Armstrong “did not come clean in the manner that I expected” and that it was “surprising to me … my team, all of us in the room … I feel that he answered the questions in a way that he was ready.” …But Winfrey stopped short of characterizing Armstrong as “contrite,” explaining, “I choose not to characterize. I would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not. I thought that he was thoughtful. I thought that he was serious … I thought that he met the moment.” [CBS News]

NOTHING SAYS coward like running to Oprah for a confession. No one should be surprised by this or that Lance Armstrong isn’t the athlete he professed to be, which has been suspected, but this one could be expensive. The CBS video above tells the whole story, including threats against people who dared to challenge Armstrong.

Gayle King always gets the first word from Oprah Winfrey for CBS “This Morning,” with the two women long time friends.

From the New York Times:

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that is scheduled for broadcast on her network on Thursday, Lance Armstrong confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, according to two people briefed on the interview, which was recorded Monday in Austin, Tex.

It is unclear, though, how forthcoming Armstrong was about his doping program, which the United States Anti-Doping Agency has said was part of the most sophisticated, organized and professional doping scheme in the history of sports

Professional sports lost me a long time ago.

There was the baseball strike of the 1990s. Then came the steroid scandal and the fall of Mark McGwire. What Cooperstown means now is anyone’s guess.