Another week, another important matchup for league founder Jerry Cantrell's JC Aroma Of Tacoma in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.
Fresh off defeating Scott Ian's Fear And Loathing 97-78 last week, the Aroma (6-3) squares off against Meat Loaf's Hell In A Hand Basket (6-3) in a battle between the two second-place teams. It's also a rematch of the Week 1 game that saw Meat Loaf manhandle the Aroma 144-83.
Besides solidifying its hold on second, the winner might vault into first if Kenny Wayne Shepherd's league-leading Team Re-Domination (6-2-1) falters against Duff McKagan's Team Loaded (5-4).
Just four weeks remain until the playoffs start, so we've listed in the box at the right all the charities for which the league owners are playing.
Defending champion Matt Willig won't get to the playoffs this time, but as mentioned last week he declared he wasn't giving up. After Willig's Halfway Clueless (1-6-2) notched an abysmal 29 points against Vinnie Paul's Team Brickwall Brickwall last week, Cantrell had this reply to Willig's message board post:
Re: Giving Up????
Posted: Nov 7, 11:48 p.m.
JC Aroma Of Tacoma
(Geez), Matt. Maybe you should … Wow, I feel for ya, buddy.
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 9 and a look ahead to Week 10'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.