Paddy Power latest bookie to offer odds on Oprah's chat with Lance Armstrong

Confession? Waterworks? Finger-pointing? Maillots jaunes on display? Take a punt on your hunches

by Simon_MacMichael   January 10, 2013  

Lance Armstrong with his maillot jaunes

Paddy Power has become the latest bookmaker to offer odds on what Lance Armstrong may or may not say during his interview with Oprah Winfrey next week.

Yesterday, Ladbrokes revealed on Twitter that it had opened a market on “buzz words” that the disgraced cyclist might use during what some believe may be a confession to doping during the programme, to be screened next Thursday evening at 9pm Eastern time. It will also be streamed online.

Odds offered by Ladbrokes include 4/1 ON for Armstrong saying “sorry,” a nice looking price of 2/1 for his utterance of the word “conspiracy,” or 4/1 for mentioning the name “Floyd Landis.”

Rather than confine itself to individual words or phrases, Paddy Power’s odds look more at the wider content of the interview. Here they are.

To confess to using banned performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career 1/6

To cry tears during the interview 4/9

To accuse another professional cyclist by name of taking performance enhancing drugs illegally 3/1

To be interviewed in a room with the framed yellow jerseys 3/1

To deny outright that he has ever used performance enhancing drugs in any way at any time 16/5

To make an apology to Paul Kimmage during the interview 5/1

To wear a yellow short [presumably that should be shirt – ed] or tie 9/1

To jump up and down on the sofa 20/1

It's Not About The Bike to be included in Oprah's book club 25/1

Some terms and conditions apply – including single, not combination bets, any admission to using performance enhancing drugs must be to ones that were banned at the time he used them, and those framed yellow jerseys must be visible in shot.

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posted by ir_bandito [59 posts]
10th January 2013 - 13:55

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I go for

I had to perpetuate the lie. Crying

posted by Tonnio [34 posts]
10th January 2013 - 14:43

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5 to 1 to apologise to Paul Kimmage? As usual the bookies are throwing money away.

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
10th January 2013 - 15:13

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He'll have to be very careful for what he says. A lot of people will be waiting for him to admit liability. He did use very heavy-handed tactics against his accusers in the past. There are many people who had to pay enormous legal bills for damages. And since he was lying, they'll be wanting it all back.

I'd be very surprised indeed if he says much at all. In fact, there's a good chance he'll find someone else to blame.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2195 posts]
10th January 2013 - 15:19

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I love this. It suggests that people are treating the whole charade with the contempt it deserves. There are also variations on bullshit bingo doing the rounds.

I notice they don't have 'conspiracy', 'witchhunt' or 'unconstitutional' on the list.... Thinking

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posted by Chuffy [184 posts]
10th January 2013 - 15:47

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Nor 'statute of limitations'

Ah, but that was then

posted by Pitstone Peddler [104 posts]
10th January 2013 - 17:36

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You can get 'conspiracy' at Ladbrokes, they're doing single words be very surprised if 'witchhunt' or 'unconstitutional' weren't on there either

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
10th January 2013 - 18:38

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To deny outright at better than 3's sounds like the standout bet to me, unless the bookies know something...

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
10th January 2013 - 21:12

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I reckon he's going to say, "I'd have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids." Then he's going to pull his Lance Armstrong mask off and reveal that it was Ben Johnson off of the 100m all along.

I'd be surprised if that didn't happen.

posted by Mat Brett [1869 posts]
10th January 2013 - 21:26

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Mat Brett wrote:
I reckon he's going to say, "I'd have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids." Then he's going to pull his Lance Armstrong mask off and reveal that it was Ben Johnson off of the 100m all along.

I'd be surprised if that didn't happen.


Kindly post this on Facebook. I wish to Like this post many times. Big Grin

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posted by Chuffy [184 posts]
10th January 2013 - 23:41

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How many times will he say "tourdefrance" like it's one word? I reckon at least once every 2nd sentence. Thinking

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
11th January 2013 - 0:51

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They are missing one certain phrase "I never tested positive" Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
11th January 2013 - 1:01

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I want the odds on armstrong becoming a born-again christian, and rebranding himself as a TV evangelist

posted by fiftyacorn [91 posts]
11th January 2013 - 9:07

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"Why isn't Tygart out catching REAL criminals?"

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posted by John_the_Monkey [420 posts]
11th January 2013 - 9:46

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Mat, that is a great post.

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posted by mingmong [191 posts]
11th January 2013 - 14:10

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Can he bet on himself? Then watch for some jumping on the sofa... he is in need of some quick cash.

posted by bobbylama [12 posts]
11th January 2013 - 21:09

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Mat Brett wrote:
I reckon he's going to say, "I'd have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids." Then he's going to pull his Lance Armstrong mask off and reveal that it was Ben Johnson off of the 100m all along.

I'd be surprised if that didn't happen.


Thats classic mate Laughing pretty funny stuff... I'd love that to happen

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posted by Paulo [110 posts]
11th January 2013 - 21:10

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My bet is that he says Jesus and the Good Nooos helped him through. The American fallen always find God in the end.

posted by LeDomestique [34 posts]
11th January 2013 - 21:21

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John_the_Monkey wrote:
"Why isn't Tygart out catching REAL criminals?"

I think you're getting mixed up with Detective Inspector Jim TAGGART. Thinking

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
12th January 2013 - 4:15

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Brilliant

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posted by teamrocket13 [71 posts]
14th January 2013 - 10:39

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