KWS' Re-Domination pulls into lead
Kenny Wayne Shepherd's team lived up to its name as Team Re-Domination took over sole possession of first place in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League by defeating Jerry Cantrell's JC Aroma Of Tacoma 85-73 last week.
But Re-Domination's (5-2-1) overall lead is a slim half-game because some late NFL statistical changes switched his victory in Week 7 to a tie with Matt Willig's Halfway Clueless (1-5-2).
Willig, the defending champion, issued a warning on the league message board to any opponent who takes his last-place team lightly the rest of the way:
Posted: Nov 4, 1:47 a.m.
Im a Battled Warrior ..................... Until next week
Aroma Of Tacoma, meanwhile, fell into a three-way tie for second with Meat Loaf's Hell In A Handbasket and Scott Ian's Fear And Loathing (all with 5-3 records). And league founder Cantrell faces another tough game this week, going up against Ian.
Right behind them vying for the four playoff spots are Zakk Wylde's Team Doom Crew Inc. (4-3-1), Duff McKagan's Team Loaded (4-4) and Mike Inez's M.I. Evil? (4-4).
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 in 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 8 and a look ahead to Week 9's matchups:
Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings
|1.||Kenny Wayne Shepherd||Team Re-Domination||5||2||1||773||651||--|
Last week: Defeated JC Aroma Of Tacoma 85-73 Next up: Team Doom Crew Inc. (4-3-1)
|2.||Meat Loaf||Hell In A Hand Basket||5||3||0||763||650||.5|
Last week: Defeated Team Harris 111-54 Next up: M.I. Evil? (4-4)
|3.||Jerry Cantrell||JC Aroma of Tacoma||5||3||0||746||676||.5|
Last week: Lost 85-73 to Team Re-Domination Next up: Fear And Loathing (5-3)
|4.||Scott Ian||Fear And Loathing||5||3||0||677||719||.5|
Last week: Defeated Team Loaded 81-78 Next up: J.C. Aroma Of Tacoma (5-3)
|5.||Zakk Wylde||Team Doom Crew Inc.||4||3||1||663||607||1|
Last week: Tied Halfway Clueless 74-74 Next up: Team Re-Domination (5-2-1)
|6.||Duff McKagan||Team Loaded||4||4||0||705||713||1.5|
Last week: Lost 81-78 to Fear And Loathing Next up: Team Harris (2-6)
|7.||Mike Inez||M.I. Evil?||4||4||0||655||631||1.5|
Last week: Lost 93-67 to Team Brickwall Brickwall Next up: Hell In A Hand Basket (5-3)
|8.||Vinnie Paul||The Brickwall Brickwall||3||5||0||547||671||2.5|
Last week: Defeated M.I. Evil? 93-67 Next up: Halfway Clueless (1-5-2)
|9.||Jay Harris||Team Harris||2||6||0||617||723||3.5|
Last week: Lost 111-54 to Hell In A Hand Basket Next up: Team Loaded (4-4)
|10.||Matt Willig||Halfway Clueless||1||5||2||609||714||3.5|
Last week: Tied Team Doom Crew Inc. 74-74 Next up: The Brickwall Brickwall (3-4)
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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