In 2000 the New York Giants tried to come up with a nickname for a successful offensive unit.
After being drafted as the 11th pick in the 2000 draft, Ron Dayne and the incumbent running back Tiki Barber were dubbed Thunder and Lightning. Dayne became a flop and the nickname became history.
After Barber prematurely retired in 2006, the back position belonged to the big bruising back Brandon Jacobs. He broke the 1,000 yard mark, even though he missed five games, thanks to the five yards per carry.
The five games missed actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The Giants were able to evaluate their other options at running back.
Derrick Ward rushed for over 600 yards in Jacob's absence, an impressive 4.8 yards per carry.
Ahmad Bradshaw also impressed management in his limited exposure, by running for 190 yards on 23 carries.
Entering 2008, the Giants were very confident with their three backs and one of the best offensive lines in football.
The Giants score 427 points, third best in the NFL, mostly due to the best rushing attack in football. Earth, Wind & Fire ran for an average of five yards per carry.
Jacobs (Earth) and Ward (Fire) both broke the 1,000 mark. This was only the fifth time in NFL history that two players from one team broke this mark in the same year. The other teams were the '72 Dolphins, '76 Steelers, '85 Browns, and the '06 Falcons.
Bradshaw (Wind) also chipped in over 300 yards and was now ready for an expanded role in the near future.
The Giants were so loaded in running backs in 2008, they cut a future Pro Bowler named Ryan Grant.
Unfortunately, the trio lasted only three years as Ward took the money and ran down south to sunny Florida to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Giants are now left with Earth and Wind or more like Ashford and Simpson, with Jacobs complaining in recent years.