A three-game winning streak has led Meat Loaf back to the top of the standings in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League, but his Hell In A Hand Basket faces another red-hot team this week.
Vinnie Paul's Team Brickwall Brickwall (5-5) has also won three games in a row in an impressive climb from near the bottom of the standings to the thick of the playoff race. It's the drummer for Hellyeah versus the man better known for "Bat Out Of Hell."
Last week, Hell In A Hand Basket (7-3) beat Jerry Cantrell's JC Aroma Of Tacoma 102-84. It was the second time this season JC Aroma Of Tacoma (6-4) lost to Meat Loaf and the league founder expressed his frustration on the league message board:
Can't Beat The Meat
Posted: Nov 14, 11:11 p.m.
JC Aroma Of Tacoma
Well I gave it my best shot but Meat snatched victory away from me at the last minute. Even if I make the playoffs I'm going to have to go head to head with Mr. Aday who has swept me for the season. three games left, folks.
Re: Can't Beat The Meat
Posted: Nov 16, 12:20 a.m.
What are the chances that the cagey McKagan kid, is still in the running?! Chin up JC! I read ya man!
Re: Can't Beat The Meat
Posted: Nov 16, 5:09 a.m.
JC Aroma Of Tacoma
Right on, brother
And history was made earlier this week with the first trade in the two seasons of the AIC charity league. The Aroma sent Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards and Rams quarterback Sam Bradford to struggling Halfway Clueless (1-7-2) for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Although Ryan is the eighth-ranked QB in fantasy football, Matt Willig's team already has fourth-rated Peyton Manning of the Colts.
The trade deadline is Wednesday.
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 10 and a look ahead to Week 11'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.