His name is William Hocutt, he's a law student at the University of Alabama, his blog can be found at Legalacidity.diaryland.com and he is our favorite person on earth. Mr. Hocutt is the sainted soul responsible for putting together and carrying the "Deadspin Says Cold Pizza Tastes Good!" sign on ESPN2's "Cold Pizza" this morning.
Needless to say, we think this guy is the greatest person we've ever known. We happily pass the mic to the man to tell the tale of his morning.
Getting up at 5:30 a.m. in mid 30s weather is usually not my idea of a good time, but it was well worth it. We hit a snag when we first got there as they wouldn't let you into the little fenced-off area behind the set if you had a sign on a stick — no worries, though, because we were able to stake out the sweet spot just over Skip's right shoulder.
After seeing Skip & Woody up close and in person, I'm completely convinced that Woody is mentally challenged. Seriously. The guy has problems that require professional help. I don't know if you caught my buddy's "SKIP BEATS HIS WOODY" sign, but when Woody came down to shake hands and sign autographs (total of one), he saw the sign, shook his head and said, "Skip's a dick!" Quite funny. When Woody got back up on the set, he tapped Skip on the shoulder and pointed at our sign; Skip just shrugged his shoulders and said, "It's true." You can't make up that kind of comedy.
I don't know if you caught the other side of my sign — the "Roll Tide" with the Deadspin link below it. I just watched back a little on Tivo and you could make it out pretty good, but not as good as the one you've got up on the site. Please show the rest of the country that yes, the South does have the Internet, and yes, we are a bunch of idiots who get up before sunrise to go watch Cold Pizza live.
We salute William Hocutt, University of Alabama law student and a True American Hero. We heretofore promise that any other reader who gets the name "Deadspin" on national television will be given a similar forum to this one. And beer. We'll send you some beer.
What a fun day this has been; it almost makes up for "Arrested Development" getting cancelled. Thanks, William!
Earlier: Yeah, Eat It, Bayless [Deadspin]