It is as bad as it sounds, terrible as it may be. I recently read an article by one John Clayton of Espn in which he referred to Baltimore's tandem of Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, and Le'ron McLain as the "three-headed monster."
I got pretty mad when I read this because I thought that I had dubbed this nickname for the Raiders backfield on March 9th, 2009 in a blog reply to an article posted by Bill Williamson on Espn.com.
Turns out Williamson had been calling them that since July 8th, 2008 when he wrote an article called "Best running game is in the AFC West."
Another guy replied to an article which I've since deleted and said McGahee had coined the term to refer to Baltimore's backs in training camp of '08.
Turns out, after a little research that I was very wrong. I am not the type that is afraid to admit when I'm wrong, thus the deletion of my John Clayton article, where I bashed him quite prudently over the theft of the nickname, sorry John.
So, although myself and countless others have been referring to Oakland's trio as the "three-headed monster," turns out the tag has been used by a many different teams in the past.
Here is a quote from October 18th, 2008 in a blog:
"ESPN Monday Night Football: Giants Rushing Yards vs. Browns Receiving Yards
The Giants great rushing attack is up against Cleveland's passing yards for our featured matchup of the night. The three-headed-monster of the G-Men are projected to run for 180 yards while Derek Anderson will look to air it out for the Browns. If Braylon Edwards has a monster game, the Browns could win this prop."
Even before that there was an article titled "what do you lose when you lose Ben Wallace?" dated March 15, 2007:
"The next question: is that because of Wallace's departure? Survey says yes. Last year Wallace played 73% of the time and picked up 164 fouls, only two per game. The three headed monsterthat replaces Ben's production is on pace to finish this year with 354 fouls between them. 96% of the excess fouls this year's Pistons are piling up are from Webbmomax..."
From an article called "Stop the Vinsanity, Nets" posted April 24th, 2006:
"...deficit entering Tuesday's must-win game in Jersey. Even when the Nets were merely a three-headed monster, it was wise to stay balanced, but now that Nenad Krstic has given them a fourth..."
Someone even once used it to refer to ESPN *GAG ME!*:
"...gap between the couch cushions. Eleven games will be shown between Friday and Saturday on the three-headed monsterof ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU; two will be telecast regionally (and over the Web) by ESPN360..."
This is just a few of many examples of this tag being used in the past, Raider Nation. We need something new and original. Something exclusive to this specific three-headed monster.
I've come up with a few original's that I've posted on this article in a survey. I want you the reader's to come up with some also, and we'll figure this thing out. Don't forget to vote on the poll.
I will post a follow up article to this one once all the votes are tallied which shall include some of the original names that you the reader's come up with, and the winner of the poll I post on this page.
We will then have a final vote to determine an original nickname for our be-loved backfield. Thanks very much for your dedication to the cause.