King Of Cool propels Cantrell to first

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Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League leader Jerry Cantrell has climbed into sole possession of first place, and the hard rock guitarist is sharing some of the credit with the spirit of a legendary crooner.

Cantrell's Aroma Of Tacoma (6-2) beat bandmate Mike Inez's Your Real Dad Al Davis (3-5) while Sean Kinney's Team Nosering (5-3) and Vinnie Paul's The Brickwall Paul (5-3) each lost to fall out out of a first-place tie with the Aroma. So naturally, Cantrell couldn't hide his pleasure on the league message board (click the link to see the photo):

When You're Smiling
Posted: Nov 2, 4:08 a.m.
Jerry Cantrell
Aroma Of Tacoma

I'm sure nobody but me has noticed this, but since I changed my logo to Dean Martin the Aroma is 5-0 after starting 1-2 … Coincidence? Maybe. Can Dino deliver the magic for me again? I think Duff should use Old Blue Eyes against me. … Could work?!

Re: When You're Smiling
Posted: Nov 3, 11:17 p.m.
Michael Inez
Your Real Dad Al Davis

Al Davis didn't work …

Changing your team logo to the "King Of Cool" can have as much impact as some waiver wire pickups, because "Everybody Loves Somebody" sometimes. Or as Dean Martin sang "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You," which could be applied to the unpredictable, hot and cold world of fantasy football.

I Don't Get It
Posted: Nov 1, 9:58 p.m.
Sean Kinney
Team Nosering

One week my team scores 130, the next week I barely break 50.

Having never done this before I wasn't prepared for the bi-polar nature of things from week to week. How are you supposed to talk smack and break balls when you don't know which team will show up the following Sunday?

If anyone needs me I'll be at the medicine cabinet chucking back Advil …

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 9's matchups and last week's results:

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings

  • William DuVall
    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.

  • Jerry Cantrell

    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.

  • Randy Wolf

    Place of birth: Age: 35

    Personal: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher who has also played for the Phillies, Dodgers, Padres and Astros.

  • Vinnie Paul

    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.

  • Chris DeGarmo
    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.

  • Ann Wilson

    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.

  • Sean Kinney
    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.

  • Duff McKagan
    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. The lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Loaded, McKagan began writing a sports column for ESPN Music in 2011.

  • Mike Inez
    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.

  • Jay Ferguson
    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."