Lance Armstrong in preparation for today's taped appearance on Oprah Winfrey made phone calls to apologize directly to people in the cycling community.  These calls were made to "key" people in the sport to prepare Armstrong for what was anticipated to be a partial confession on Oprah.

My first thought when I heard about this was "Oprah, I thought she retired?"  I guess Armstrong thought he could rehearse the sorrowful look and tear filled apology with Oprah and some "key" people before he would be grilled by the real media.

Yesterday while jogging Armstrong told an Associated Press reporter about the upcoming interview,

I'm calm, I'm at ease, and I'm ready to speak candidly.

So after all this time, multiple denials and a 1,000 page document released last fall by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong is calm, at ease and ready to speak candidly.  Didn't take him that long to lie like a cheap rug at a flea market!

The 1,000 page document is based in part on testimony of 11 of Armstrong's former teammates.  That document concluded that Armstrong's accomplishments were the result of "the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."  Well, at least Armstrong can say he was the best ever at doping!

It really is sad that Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles but what's even sadder is, he resorted to these tactics and now is admitting to his behavior.  I truly hope that young men and women everywhere will see him for what he is, human and nothing more or less.  I don't know what caused him to embark on this doping program but I hope no young person will think that is the only way to win.  Armstrong might have won one or two titles without help but we'll never know or at least always doubt.  Sad also that we may also doubt any greatness displayed by other athletes.

Armstrong will practice his tearful act on Oprah then I guess he'll move on to CNN and then to real networks...by then he'll have the act down pat.  Ready to answer candidly...about time or a few years to late.