Ha ha, poor John. You and Trotmann, man, the both of you are some sad sacks.
In my head Trotmann has always reminded me of the phrase 'the trots' for having diarrhea. So I always imagine Trottman as more of a 'shit man' or 'shitbag'. With John being the sad sack.
Actually, "Trotmann" is a corruption of "Tropmann" from Turgenev's "The Execution of Tropmann." ...Poor Tropmann... getting all executed and shit. But I'll have you all know that I am not a sad sack! My sack is tight and youthful and recently shaved.