Commentary

Shepherd Re-Dominates charity league

Updated: October 16, 2010, 3:04 PM ET
By Jim Wilkie | ESPN.com

Last season's regular-season champion is once again alone in first place after five weeks of the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Team Re-Domination is 4-1, one game ahead of five other teams. Last season, Shepherd's The KWS Domination finished 10-3, two games ahead of second-place Matt Willig, who ended up winning the championship.

Shepherd is leading the league in scoring with 513 points, just like last year, when he had top performers such as Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. This year, Team Re-Domination is being powered by the likes of Peterson, Colts receiver Austin Collie, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Team Re-Domination will likely need another high-scoring week to fend off Meat Loaf's Hell In A Handbasket (3-2). An upset would create quite a logjam at the top of the standings with the possibility of five teams tied for first at 4-2.

At the other end of the standings, ESPN's Jay Harris finally got his first victory, defeating Zak Wylde's Team Doom Crew Inc. 83-80 to pull Team Harris into a tie for last with Willig's Halfway Clueless at 1-4. Willig lamented his embarrassing 79-65 loss to Vinnie Paul's The Brickwall Brickwall on the league message board earlier this week:

This Is How I Feel
Posted: Oct 11, 11:55 PM
Matt Willig
Halfway Clueless

Gets beat by a guy who doesn't play two of his positions. I quit.

Re: This Is How I Feel
Posted: Oct 12, 4:42 AM
Jerry Cantrell
JC Aroma Of Tacoma

You only have to wear your dress until you win another game, Matt … could be a while. Oh, but it looks good on you though.

Meanwhile, in a live online chat on SportsNation earlier this week, Cantrell sent out the challenge to his fellow owners to turn up the chatter:

"I'll call a couple of guys out right now. They're wussies. Jay Harris, being one of them. He hasn't said one peep. He hasn't commented on anything, and I've been throwing stuff at him. He hasn't been a presence. I'm calling you out, Jay Harris. You need to talk, even though you're getting hit around. Meat Loaf, what the hell? Nothing from you either. He's a musician, so maybe he's too good for us. Scott's weighed in. Willig is having a hard time, but he's still talking."

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 5 and a look ahead to Week 6's matchups: