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    Wow, just wow. As if it Lance Armstrong's confessions about doping weren't bad enough, now, investigators told ABC News today that the cyclist may have blatantly lied to Oprah during their super-hyped Thursday night interview. What the ...?!

    As you probably heard or saw, he admitted to O for the first time that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs and oxygen-boosting blood transfusions throughout his decade-long career and to help him score seven wins in the Tour de France. To Oprah, Armstrong wanted to confess to everything he had done wrong, including his denial of reports that he had doped. But investigators say that during this big chance to come 100 percent clean, Armstrong was actually untruthful about when he stopped doping.

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    Every minute it seems, we're finding out another prominent person in the news lied (or cheated) in some way, shape, or form. Manti T'eo and Lance Armstrong just happen to be the two most recent ... And every time it happens, it seems like our general reaction is basically the same: "How could he?!" We're shocked, dismayed, and swiftly ready to write the person off as a bad egg forever. But maybe it shouldn't necessarily be that way. Maybe we're being too quick to judge.

    See, while watching the Lance Armstrong-Oprah interview yesterday, I kept thinking that while he was totally coming off like a schumuck who reeeeally screwed up and tarnished his squeaky-clean, do-gooder rep, I could also understand why he did what he did.

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    The world is not-so-stunned at Lance Armstrong's long overdue admission that he was doping during his record breaking wins with the Tour de France. And now the world wants to know -- how much did Sheryl Crow know? The singer was engaged to the cyclist when he won twice. Why does the world want to know how much she knew? Err, cause she's famous, of course. And we're nosy like that. But an even bigger question than Did she know? is Did she lie about it?

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    About midway through the second half of Lance Armstrong's exclusive anti-doping confession/interview with Oprah Winfrey, I started to think maybe the "disgraced cyclist" (as he's bound to be known for the rest of his life) wasn't really all that sorry for the lies and cheating and betrayal and everything else. Sure, I believed that he was sorry it all had to happen and sorry it ruined his career. But his apology seemed to come from his head, not his heart. There was no raw emotion behind Armstrong's mea culpa, no tears of true remorse ... until, that is, Oprah asked Armstrong how he broke the news to his kids.

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    Now that Lance Armstrong has finally answered the big doping question, everybody's free to wonder about the answer to another big Lance Armstrong-related doping question: Did Sheryl Crow know? Crow was reportedly interviewed by federal agents in 2011 as part of the doping investigation, but has never spoken publicly on the topic. Well, let's do the math: Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong dated from 2003 to 2006, during which time Armstrong rode in the Tour de France twice, winning both times.

    I think the real question to ask here is: How could Sheryl Crow NOT have known?

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    It was hard for me to watch the Lance Armstrong interview last night with Oprah. There he was, the man for so long I recognized as this top sports superstar who overcame cancer and did the impossible, winning and winning and winning -- a fraud. Last night, Lance admitted to the world that he used banned substances and doped throughout his entire career, a step in the right direction in his effort to right the abundant mistakes and apologize to those he's hurt along his way.

    It was ... unreal. What's even more unreal, though, is the lengthy list of substances Lance abused. From the banned energy boosting substance EPO and testosterone to HGH, cortisone and blood-doping practices and transfusions -- it seems like nothing was off limits.

    Want to know what all of these things do? So did I. Let's take a closer look at the drugs Lance Armstrong has confessed to abusing, here:

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    Right about now, most parents are probably crossing Lance Armstrong's name off the list of Good Role Models for the Kids. After all, he lied (and lied and lied and lied). He used banned substances. He did a whole bunch of stuff wrong. So that means we switch him over to the Bad Influence list, right?

    Well, maybe not. He's finally telling the truth: He made big mistakes, and he made them all by himself. Nobody forced him. As he told Oprah in tonight's long-awaited exclusive interview, "All the fault lies on me." That's not an easy thing to admit. Still, does he deserve any credit for 'fessing up?

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    Whoa, we know there's a Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah coming up where he may confess at least partially to doping. But today Armstrong apologized to his Livestrong staff -- tearfully! He gathered about 100 staffers in Austin to offer his "heartfelt and sincere apologies" and take "full responsibility" for the trouble he's caused the foundation. He also took questions from his staff.

    So ... if you could ask Lance Armstrong any questions, what would you ask him? I think we're all wondering one thing: Is he finally, FINALLY going to admit to doping? Did he confess to his staff before going public with his confessing?

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    This is probably going to sound unnecessarily cruel (hey, it's been a long week), but the two people I'm gonna talk about are really trying to stay relevant, it seems. Oprah Winfrey is going to soon broadcast an interview with Lance Armstrong, who recently had to forfeit a bunch of his titles and medals and records due to doping allegations.

    And Oprah recently had to stoop so low as to interview the Kardashians to bring in the ratings.

    Regardless, Lance promised Oprah a "no-holds-barred" interview. The segment will show them talking from Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas. And if you want to check it out, it should air on Oprah's Next Chapter on January 17 at 9 p.m. EST, and will be shown live on Oprah.com.

    We all know that Lance has denied the allegations ever since they surfaced. But there's a new twist that might actually make viewers tune in. Or not at all.

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    That Lance Armstrong, he is one divisive guy. Ever since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last month after dealing with doping allegations, he kept relatively quiet. But now he's making headlines again, first by Tweeting out this photo, then by cutting all formal ties with Livestrong, the charity he founded.

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had made Armstrong give up his cycling titles and banned him from the sport for the rest of his life. He hasn't said anything publicly about USADA's decision -- but proceeded to post that photo of him lying on the couch with his seven yellow Tour de France jerseys on his wall over the weekend.

    I thought Tweeting that photo was a tad sour grapes and rather cocky, but the news about him resigning from his charity is sad stuff. You can say what you want about the guy, but what he did for cancer research and awareness is something no board can take away from his legacy.

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