By Foster Kamer, Complex Sports
ESPN's anchors have probably experienced their fair share of moments that force them to keep straight faces while live and on the air. This afternoon, a Hall of Fame contender for such moments emerged, when an Atlanta Falcons safety reenacted a scene from the classic stoner comedy Super Troopers during a live interview today on SportsCenter.
Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud was on the show to discuss the end of the NFL replacement referees, and what the rest of the season will be like without them. SportsCenter's producers probably expected a boiler-plate interview without anything too compelling. Instead, he gave them one of the show's best clips of the year, beginning at the 0:41 mark, in which you can hear him say the word "meow" in place of the word "now."
He then goes on to say it thirteen more times, including a closing, abrupt "meow" at the end of the interview. For those keeping count, the offending "meows":
The bit inspiring DeCoud is straight out of 2001's classic stoner comedy Super Troopers. In the scene DeCoud culled his inspiration from, one cop bets another that he can't say "meow" ten times during a routine traffic stop.
DeCoud, for his part, has yet to comment on it via Twitter as of meow.
UPDATE: If you don't know, meow you know.
Also on HuffPost:
Scott Van Pelt
Scott Van Pelt attends the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic Gala at TPC Sawgrass on April 13, 2012 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Steven A. Smith
Former ESPN radio's Steven A. Smith attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.
ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott arriving at the ESPN The Magazine's After Dark Party in the Metropolitan Big Room at Generations Hall on February 15, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Buchigross has been an anchor for ESPN since 1996, working on <em>SportsCenter</em>, as well as an NHL column for ESPN.com.
Former Cold Pizza host Skip Bayless on the ESPN set in Miami, Florida on February 1, 2007.
ESPN personality Chris Berman speaks onstage during The 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Berthiaume is an anchor for<em> SportsCenter</em> and also hosts ESPN's <em>Baseball Tonight</em>.
Cohn regularly anchors ESPN's <em>SportsCenter</em>. She has been in that role since 1992, and also added play-by-play for WNBA telecasts to her repertoire in 2005.
Sports writer Bill Simmons speaks at the 2010 New Yorker Festival at DGA Theater on October 2, 2010 in New York City.
ESPN Anchor and Host Bob Ley arrives to the 2005 IRTS Foundation Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on October 6, 2005 in New York City.
Schefter is the NFL Insider for ESPN, and appeared frequently on ESPN's <em>Around the Horn</em>.
Sideline reporter Chris Mortensen on ESPN Monday Night Football September 11, 2006 in Washington.
Kenny Mayne of ESPN asks a question during the GMC Defensive Player of the Year award news conference prior to Super Bowl XLII at the Phoenix Convention Center on January 31, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jay Crawford and Skip Bayless during a broadcast of ESPN's Cold Pizza from the Super Bowl XL Media Center at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan on January 30, 2006.
Ravech has worked for ESPN since 1993, and he appears mostly on <em>SportsCenter</em>, as well as <em>Baseball Tonight</em>.
Reali is the host of <em>Around the Horn</em> on ESPN, and previously worked on <em>Pardon the Interruption</em> in October 2001.
Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic
Golic joined ESPN in 1995 as an analyst for <em>Sunday NFL Countdown</em>, and is currently a co-host of <em>Mike and Mike in the Morning </em>with Mike Greenberg. Greenberg occasionally hosts <em>SportsCenter</em> in addition to his radio show.
Anderson has hosted <em>SportsCenter</em> since June 1999.
Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio hosts The Herd from the Super Bowl XL Media Center at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan on January 30, 2006.
Hockey Analyst Barry Melrose speaks on set during a NHL Network broadcats during the 2012 NHL All-Star Game Player Media Availability at the Westin Ottawa on January 27, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Journalist Hannah Storm attends the 34th Annual AWRT Gracie Awards Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 3, 2009 in New York City.
ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale does a live broadcast before a game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Dean Smith Center on January 26, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.