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Big 3 Gallery - 11/13/12
November 13, 2012
Miami Heat (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh). The most prominent Big 3 in the league at the moment. They will visit Staples Center Wednesday to play the Clippers for the third time since they were formed during the summer of 2010.
San Antonio Spurs (Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker). The first Big 3 of the 2000s, the Spurs trio won three titles between 2001 and 2007 and has been recognized as one of the most consistent groups in the NBA for the duration of Duncan’s Hall of Fame caliber career.
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman. They were never classified as a true Big 3 because from 1996-98 the Bulls were viewed as Michael, Scottie and everyone else. But Rodman was essential and no Big 3 complemented each other quite like this trio of Hall of Famers.
Houston Texans (Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson). Perhaps the Big 3 of fantasy football over the last four years, the trio of Texans have put up monster numbers while helping lead their team to the AFC's best record in 2012.
Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux. There was a time when baseball's Atlanta Braves ruled the pitching world and while Denny Neagle arguably made the staff a "Big 4," the longevity of future Hall of Famers Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux stands out more.
The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore). They could double as the Big 3 of chipmunk bands or cartoon characters that were re-animated in a live action film. Alvin an the Chipmunks were best known for covering hit songs that were sung on fast forward while living with their song-writer and adoptive father, Dave, who was NOT a chipmunk.
Jonas Brothers (Joe, Kevin and Nick). The ultimate family-friendly boy band, the Jonas' reign as Disney's Big 3 of teen pop lasted from 2005 to 2010. Fortunately for all of us, they reunited in 2012 for a fifth studio album.
Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell (American Idol). The American Idol stars are probably the Big 3 of talent competition judges. The show has since moved on from Simon and Paula, but it's never quite been the same.
Run-D.M.C. (Jam-Master Jay, D.M.C. and Rev Run). Hard to argue that rap's first Big 3 is not one of the most influential musical acts in history. Hailing from Hollis, Queens, they successfully brought hip-hop to the mainstream with hits like "King of Rock" and "Tricky."
Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato (sandwich). The BLT is the Big 3 of sandwiches, enough said.
Donald Ducks Nephews (Huey, Dewey and Louie). The Big 3 of anthropomorphic ducks, Donald's nephews were prominently featured in Disney cartoons after their 1937 debut. They also starred in the spin-off series "Duck Tales" when they were forced to live with their wealthy great uncle Scrooge.
Destiny's Child (Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams). The Houston R&B trio put together a string of No. 1 hits including "Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name."
Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. If ever there were a Big 3 of ships, Christopher Columbus' fabled rigs fit the bill. The trio hit landfall in Oct. 1492, Columbus was credited with "discovering" the West Indies, and countless American school children would hear about his three ships for the last two centuries.
Pep Boys (Manny, Moe and Jack). The original Pep Boys Auto chain was founded in Philadelphia by, you guessed it, guys named Manny, Moe and Jack. Pep Boys now operates in more than 723 locations in the United States and Puerto Rico, making the company one of the most fastest growing in the U.S.
Powerpuff Girls (Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup). Don't let the adorable, wide-eyes fool you… Between nap time and coloring within the lines, these kindergarten-aged superheroes are keeping their town safe from all the villains and giant monsters. They are a trio a generation of 20-somethings can't leave out.
Savages (Chon, Ben and Ophelia). Oliver Stone's 2012 action film about the violence of the drug trade in Southern California and Mexico, provides one of the all-time Big 3s of cinematic love triangles.
Snap, Crackle and Pop. Nothing like the Big 3 of cartoon mascots. They were originally derived in 1933 for a Rice Krispies radio spot. Nearly a century later the ageless little guys are still associated with the cereal.
Three Men & a Baby. Okay, so technically it's a Big 3 and a Little 1, but the bachelors turned fathers were the real stars. Steve Guttenberg, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson were at the height of their powers in 1988 when "Three Men.." surpassed "Fatal Attraction" at the box office.
Three's Company (Chrissy Snow, Janet Wood and Jack Tripper). The eight-season sitcom that spanned the late 70s and early 80s, was at its peak with their original Big 3 of roommates: Jack, Chrissy and Janet.
Three Blind Mice. The nursery rhyme and round folk song is a bit macabre, "Who cut off their tales with a carving knife..." Yikes. But it's still among the more well-known children's songs in modern history.