Cantrell gets some breathing room

Updated: November 24, 2011, 3:24 AM ET
By Jim Wilkie |

Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell narrowly defeated former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo last week to pad his lead in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Cantrell's Aroma Of Tacoma (8-3) got decent production from 49ers QB Alex Smith (17 points), Raiders RB Michael Bush (16) and Falcons RB Michael Turner (14) to beat DeGarmo's Mach Six's (6-5) 84-82. The league's organizer was thankful DeGarmo's running back LeSean McCoy of the Eagles didn't get any touchdowns or more than the 113 yards rushing against the Giants, as he posted the following comment on the league message board (click the link to see the photo):

Close Call
Posted: Nov 21, 7:20 p.m.
Jerry Cantrell
Aroma Of Tacoma

Wheew!!!!! A few more yards from McCoy and Captain DeGarmo would've sent the Aroma to the turf in a ball of flame. Go have a highball, Dean. Ya done good.

After the Aroma, all the other teams are separated by just two games after former cellar-dwellers Team McKagan (5-6) and Annie's Dogs (5-6) have climbed into the thick of the playoff race with five-game and three-game winning streaks, respectively.

Don't look now …
Posted: Nov 21, 12:17 p.m.
Ann Wilson
Annie's Dogs

… But the Dogs are gnashing at your heels.

Re: Don't look now …
Posted: Nov 21, 2:12 p.m.
Jerry Cantrell
Aroma Of Tacoma

Ann's creeping up the ranks.

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'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 12's matchups and last week's results: