So, with Temple’s win Saturday, the “Feeble Four” is down to three: Stanford, Duke and Florida International, the lone remaining winless teams in Division I-A. But what to call them? I don’t want to use “terrible” because I’m reserving that for the “Terrible Two”… and besides, it would be better if the adjective accompanying “three” started with a “th” sound.

So… any ideas? I’m looking for a word that means “bad” (or is otherwise appropriate to describe winless football teams) that start with “t” or, ideally, with “th.” Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi faithful blog readers, you’re my only hope!

UPDATE: I’ve settled on an answer (“the Three Stooges”), and now, since I’m no longer actively in need of suggestions, I’m bumping this post “back in time” to keep others closer to the top of the homepage. Let the record show, however, that it was actually published at 12:52 AM on October 31, not 6:52 PM on October 30.

5 Responses to “Suggestions?”

  1. Kristin says:

    This is kind of silly, but what about the Thoughtless Three?

  2. Patrick says:

    The Threadbare Three?

  3. Brendan Loy says:

    Hey, that’s not bad.

    I also just thought of the Throwaway Three.

    Another possibility: if anyone can think of a “t” word that isn’t “terrible” but doesn’t start with “th,” we could call them the “_____ Trio” instead of the “_____ Three.” So, like, the “Terrible Trio,” except not, because as I said, I’m saving “terrible” for if/when we get down to just two.

  4. Brendan Loy says:

    Or we could call them the “Three Little Piggies.” :)

  5. Brendan Loy says:

    Wait, wait, that’s it! Forget alliteration, what we need here is a cultural reference. Specifically:


    It’s perfect, says I.