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
Gets beat by a guy who doesn't play two of his positions.
Re: This Is How I Feel
Posted: Oct 12, 4:42 AM
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:
Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings
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.