Shepherd Re-Dominates charity league
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.
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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?
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:
Posted: Oct 11, 11:55 PM
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
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:
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
|1.||Kenny Wayne Shepherd||Team Re-Domination||4||1||0||513||386||--|
|2.||Duff McKagan||Team Loaded||3||2||0||493||481||1|
Last week: Defeated Hell In A Handbasket 127-91 Next up: Halfway Clueless (1-4)
|3.||Meat Loaf||Hell In A Handbasket||3||2||0||486||427||1|
Last week: Lost 127-91 to Team Loaded Next up: Team Re-Domination (4-1)
|4.||Jerry Cantrell||JC Aroma of Tacoma||3||2||0||477||443||1|
Last week: Defeated Fear And Loathing 127-57 Next up: M.I. Evil? (3-2)
|5.||Scott Ian||Fear And Loathing||3||2||0||430||435||1|
Last week: Lost 127-57 to JC Aroma Of Tacoma Next up: Team Harris (1-4)
|6.||Mike Inez||M.I. Evil?||3||1||0||381||350||1|
Last week: Lost 79-63 to Team Re-Domination Next up: JC Aroma Of Tacoma (3-2)
|7.||Zakk Wylde||Team Doom Crew Inc.||2||3||0||410||418||2|
Last week: Lost 83-80 to Team Harris Next up: The Brickwall Brickwall (2-3)
|8.||Vinnie Paul||The Brickwall Brickwall||2||3||0||319||385||2|
Last week: Defeated Halfway Clueless 79-65 Next up: Team Doom Crew Inc. (2-3)
|9.||Matt Willig||Halfway Clueless||1||4||0||378||480||3|
Last week: Lost 79-65 to The Brickwall Brickwall Next up: Team Loaded (3-2)
|10.||Jay Harris||Team Harris||1||4||0||356||438||3|
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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