McKagan tries to come from behind
Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Vinnie Paul continue to lead the Alice in Chains & Friends Charity League after victories last week, but the big news was that last-place Duff McKagan picked up his first victory.
Alice in Chains FFL charities
Each member of the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League will put a valuable item up for auction. After the season, the net proceeds from the auction will go to the league champion's chosen charity. Here are the charities each member of the AIC&FFFCL is playing for this season:
Charity: Boys And Girls Clubs of America
Charity: Little Kids Rock
Charity: Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee
Charity: Boys And Girls Clubs of America
Charity: American Diabetes Association
Charity: Ronald McDonald House
Charity: Make a Wish
Charity: The Gentle Barn
Charity: The Little Baby Face Foundation
As McKagan noted in his ESPN.com column Wednesday, he made some drastic roster moves and trades that paid off with a 104-87 victory over William DuVall's Team DuVall.
So, Cantrell, the Alice in Chains guitarist and league organizer, posted the following message of congratulations on the league message board (click the link to see the photo):
Posted: Oct 25, 2:43 a.m.
Aroma Of Tacoma
Duff may be bringing up the rear in the league, but this week let's give the man a hand for his first victory. Way to go, buddy.
McKagan has a chance to pull out of the cellar (or at least drag an opponent down with him in the overall standings) because Team McKagan (1-6) faces ninth-place Annie's Dogs (2-5) this week.
Meanwhile, Cantrell's Aroma Of Tacoma (5-2) squares off against AIC bassist Mike Inez's Your Real Dad Al Davis (3-4), Kinney's Team Nosering (5-2) faces Chris DeGarmo's Mach Six's (3-4), Paul's The Brickwall Paul (5-2) takes on Randy Wolf's Team Valley Trash (4-3) and Team DuVall (3-4) plays Jay Ferguson's Dallas' Best (4-3).
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 8's matchups and last week's results:
Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings
|1.||Jerry Cantrell||Aroma of Tacoma||5||2||0||674||641||--|
Last week: Defeated Annie's Dogs 77-57 Next up: Your Real Dad Al Davis (3-4)
|2.||Sean Kinney||Team Nosering||5||2||0||656||607||--|
Last week: Defeated Team Valley Trash 77-68 Next up: Mach Six's (3-4)
|3.||Vinnie Paul||The Brickwall Paul||5||2||0||640||535||--|
Last week: Defeated Your Real Dad Al Davis 82-73 Next up: Team Valley Trash (4-3)
|4.||Jay Ferguson||Dallas' Best||4||3||0||657||604||1|
Last week: Defeated Mach Six's 87-74 Next up: Team DuVall (3-4)
|5.||Randy Wolf||Team Valley Trash||4||3||0||639||657||1|
Last week: Lost 77-68 to Team Nosering Next up: The Brickwall Paul (5-2)
|6.||Chris DeGarmo||Mach Six's||3||4||0||739||678||2|
Last week: Lost 87-74 to Dallas' Best Next up: Team Nosering (5-2)
|7.||William DuVall||Team DuVall||3||4||0||676||690||2|
Last week: Lost 104-87 to Team McKagan Next up: Dallas' Best (4-3)
|8.||Mike Inez||Your Real Dad Al Davis||3||4||0||671||701||2|
Last week: Lost 82-73 to The Brickwall Paul Next up: Aroma Of Tacoma (5-2)
|9.||Ann Wilson||Annie's Dogs||2||5||0||580||677||3|
Last week: Lost 77-57 to Aroma Of Tacoma Next up: Team McKagan (1-6)
|10.||Duff McKagan||Team McKagan||1||6||0||572||714||4|
Last week: Defeated Team DuVall 104-87 Next up: Annie's Dogs (2-5)
Place of birth: Washington, D.C. Age: 44 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers
Personal: Joined Alice in Chains as its full-time lead singer in 2007, contributing to its 2009 comeback album, "Black Gives Way To Blue." DuVall previously had been in Comes With The Fall and recently produced MonstrO's debut album.
Place of birth: Tacoma, Wash. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: 7 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers
Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice in Chains includes 35 million albums sold worldwide, 21 Top 40 singles and eight Grammy nominations.
Place of birth: Age: 35
Personal: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher who has also played for the Phillies, Dodgers, Padres and Astros.
Place of birth: Abilene, Texas Age: 47 Fantasy football experience: 12 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: Wenatchee, Wash. Age: 48
Personal: DeGarmo is a co-founder of heavy metal band Queensryche, for whom he was lead guitarist. He is now a professional pilot.
Place of birth: San DiegoAge: 61 Fantasy football experience:: Rookie Favorite team: New Orleans Saints
Personal: Lead singer of Heart, the pioneering female hard rock band that has sold more than 30 million records.
Place of birth: Renton, Wash. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks
Personal: Kinney, who has been playing drums since he was 5, has been the only drummer for Alice in Chains and he has also played with the likes of Johnny Cash, Krist Novoselic and Kim Kim Thayil.
Place of birth: Seattle Age: 47 Fantasy football experience: 2 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks
Personal: Before playing bass for Velvet Revolver, McKagan spent 13 years with Guns N' Roses. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Loaded. McKagan began writing a sports column for ESPN Music in 2011.
Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: 8 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders
Personal: Before playing bass guitar for Alice in Chains, Inez was rocking arenas with Ozzy Osbourne.
Place of birth: Dallas Age: 37 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys
Personal: Ferguson portrays Stan Rizzo on AMC's "Mad Men," and his other TV credits include "Burn Notice," "Judging Amy" and "Evening Shade."
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