Defending champ turning things around
The giant might have been awakened in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.
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So, who do you think will win the second edition of the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League?
Can anybody knock off reigning champ and former NFL player Matt Willig? Will elder statesman Meat Loaf come in like a "Bat Out Of Hell" and roll over his opponents?
Matt Willig, a 6-foot-8 former offensive lineman for the Jets, Falcons, Packers, 49ers, Panthers and Rams, earned his first victory of the season by beating league founder Jerry Cantrell.
The league's defending champion expressed his relief on the message board earlier this week.
Gentlemen, let me just say that it is good to be on the board!
Though Willig is 1-3, he's had a league-high 401 points scored against him, suggesting that scheduling was partly to blame for his three-game losing streak. Willig also has the No. 1 fantasy quarterback, Peyton Manning, and the sixth-ranked running back, Frank Gore, to keep Halfway Clueless on track. Playing Vinnie Paul's low-scoring The Brickwall Brickwall (1-3) also helps this week.
Despite the poor start, Willig's team is just two games behind first place because Meat Loaf's Hell In A Handbasket (3-1) gave Scott Ian's Fear And Loathing (3-1) their first loss last week, leaving four teams tied atop the league at 3-1. The other two 3-1 teams, Mike Inez's M.I. Evil? and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Team Re-Domination go head-to-head this week.
Participants in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League will each put one valuable item up for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity receives the proceeds of the auction. More details on the auction will be announced in the coming weeks.
Weekly updates on the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League, trash talk and interviews with the owners will be published on ESPN.com's The Life and Music sections throughout the season. Members of the league also will drop by for occasional chats on SportsNation.
Here is a recap of Week 4 and a look ahead to Week 5's matchups:
Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings
|1.||Kenny Wayne Shepherd||Team Re-Domination||3||1||0||434||323||--|
|2.||Meat Loaf||Hell In A Handbasket||3||1||0||395||300||--|
Last week: Defeated Fear And Loathing 88-82 Next up: Team Loaded (2-2)
|3.||Scott Ian||Fear And Loathing||3||1||0||373||308||--|
|4.||Mike Inez||M.I. Evil?||3||1||0||318||271||--|
|5.||Duff McKagan||Team Loaded||2||2||0||366||390||1|
Last week: Defeated Team Doom Crew Inc. 88-69 Next up: Hell In A Handbasket (3-1)
|6.||Jerry Cantrell||JC Aroma of Tacoma||2||2||0||350||386||1|
Last week: Lost 85-72 to Halfway Clueless Next up: Fear And Loathing (3-1)
|7.||Zakk Wylde||Team Doom Crew Inc.||2||2||0||330||335||1|
|8.||Matt Willig||Halfway Clueless||1||3||0||313||401||2|
Last week: Defeated JC Aroma Of Tacoma 85-72 Next up: JC Aroma Of Tacoma (2-1)
|9.||Vinnie Paul||The Brickwall Brickwall||1||3||0||240||320||2|
|10.||Jay Harris||Team Harris||0||4||0||273||358||3|
Last week: Lost 60-30 to M.I. Evil? Next up: Team Doom Crew Inc. (2-2)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Place of birth: Shreveport, La. Age: 33 Fantasy football experience: 1 year Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts
Personal: Shepherd cut his musical teeth opening for The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Van Halen.
Place of birth: Tacoma, Wash. Age: 44 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers
Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice In Chains includes 16 million albums sold, 21 Top 40 singles and seven Grammy nominations.
Place of birth: New York Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 1 year Favorite team: New York Giants
Personal: When Ian isn't playing guitar for Anthrax, he's schooling amateurs at the poker table.
Place of birth: Abilene, Texas Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 11 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys
Personal: Paul, who formed Pantera with his late brother Dimebag Darrell, plays drums for Hellyeah the way Ray Lewis hits people. In other words, hard.
Place of birth: Bayonne, N.J. Age: 43 Fantasy football experience: 1 year Favorite team: New York Giants
Personal: Wylde landed the job of lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Ozzy Osbourne at the age of 19 and later founded Black Label Society.
Place of birth: Dallas Age: 62
Personal: Legendary singer, aka Michael Aday, has been just as successful on your TV and film screens as your radio.
Place of birth: Whittier, Calif. Age: 41 Fantasy football experience: 1 year and the AIC&FFFCL reigning champ Favorite team: No favorite, but "I do like to watch the Carolina Panthers every Sunday, especially to watch my boy, Jordan Gross [left tackle], play."
Personal: One of two non-musicians in the league, Willig spent 12 years in the NFL with six different teams.
Place of birth: Seattle Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 1 year Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks
Personal: Before playing bass for Velvet Revolver, McKagan spent 13 years with Guns N' Roses, so he's ready for anything.
Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 44 Fantasy football experience: 7 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders
Personal: Before playing bass guitar for Alice In Chains, Inez was rocking arenas with Ozzy Osbourne.
Place of birth: Norfolk, Va. Age: 45
Personal: Harris is the weekday co-host of the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter" and has been with ESPN since 2003.
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