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Cantrell gets some breathing room

11/24/2011 - NFL MLB Randy Wolf Milwaukee Brewers + more

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 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 12'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 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."