Commentary

AIC charity league rookies take charge

Updated: October 7, 2011, 6:18 PM ET
By Jim Wilkie | ESPN.com

Fantasy football rookies Sean Kinney and William DuVall are schooling their veteran opponents in the Alice in Chains & Friends Charity League by storming to the top of the standings with identical 3-1 records.

[+] EnlargeSean Kinney and Jerry Cantrell
Matt Simmons/WireImageSean Kinney, left, aims to beat another Alice in Chains bandmate, Jerry Cantrell, for the second week in a row.

The Alice in Chains drummer (Kinney) and singer (DuVall) have earned significant bragging rights over fantasy football veterans and bandmates Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez, whose teams are 2-2.

Kinney's Team Nosering clobbered Inez's Your Real Dad Al Davis 148-94 last week, which led to this message board post that Kinney directed toward the bassist (click on the link to view the image that was included):

Student becomes teacher
Oct 4, 3:22 p.m.
Sean Kinney
Team Nosering

Four games into my inaugural fantasy season is a bit early to brag, but Mike had it coming, and calling Team Nosering a maggot in a text message is just asking for it.

Jerry & Mike have been bugging me for years to participate in fantasy football. Be careful what you wish for …

Re: Student becomes teacher
Oct 5, 3:55 p.m.
Jerry Cantrell
Aroma Of Tacoma

Sweet Meat Inez.

And who should Team Nosering face this week but league organizer and Alice in Chains guitarist Cantrell's Aroma of Tacoma, prompting this confident post:

Brace yourself
Oct 4, 3:02 p.m.
Sean Kinney
Team Nosering
Can the Team Nosering steamroller clench the stench and roll over The Aroma Of Tacoma this week?

As the photo shows, Jerry's already dressed for his own funeral, so I'm just going to saddle up Arian Foster again and see where he takes me …

Cantrell didn't lack any confidence after beating Duff McKagan's Team McKagan 109-98 in Week 4 and he warned his drummer about what to expect this week:

Yes He Can
Oct 4, 12:54 a.m.
Jerry Cantrell
Aroma Of Tacoma

If Chuck Sheen can do it, so can I. I was sweating that one having Beanie Wells sitting on my bench with 31 points. 2-2, baby, back to .500. I once accidentally yanked an earring out of Sean's gourd while shooting "The Nona Tapes." I almost broke my neck on the same maneuver just after I pulled him into the car. This week's challenge is to grab ahold of the ring in his nose and take him to the ground all the while avoiding the horns.

Blondie vs. The Nose … sounds like a new wave gangster flick.

Tied with Team Nosering and Team DuVall at 3-1 are three-year AIC&FFFCL veteran Vinnie Paul's The Brickwall Paul, who lost 106-82 to actor Jay Ferguson's Dallas' Best last week.

Tuff break!!!
Oct 4, 11:06 p.m.
Vinnie Paul
The Brickwall Paul

No one goes undefeated and my team just didn't perform this week, including my bench!!! Tuff break, but The Brickwall will bounce back this week unlike my Cowboys who blew it last week and have a bye week to think about it and then the Patriots in New England!! Now that's a tough road to hoe!!!!!

Each participant will put one valuable item up for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity receives the net 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 look at Week 5's matchups and last week's results: