KWS Domination lives up to its name
ESPN fantasy football expert Matthew Berry's Team Berry was crushed 127-65 by guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd's KWS Domination to highlight Week 1 of the Alice In Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League.
Shepherd cruised thanks to the production of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (37 points), Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (22 points) and New York Jets running back Thomas Jones (22 points), while Berry's only double-digit performers were New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (21) and Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (16).
Shepherd's league-high points total earned him first place above the other four Week 1 winners: Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian, Vinnie Paul and Zakk Wylde.
League founder Cantrell's JC Aroma Of Tacoma is second after he won bragging rights within Alice In Chains by beating bandmate Mike Inez's M.I. Evil? Yes I Am 108-69 thanks to balanced production from Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes (19 points), Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (17 points), Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (17 points), Patriots receiver Randy Moss (14 points), Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (12 points) and Arizona Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers (12 points).
Coincidentally, SportsNation voters ranked Cantrell's and Shepherd's teams first and second in our preseason poll that asked readers to rank all teams from one to 10. Berry, the voters' choice for third, comes in at 10th, however, because of his lowest points total, although he's tied with Inez, Duff McKagan, Kenny Aronoff and Matt Willig at 0-1.
Participants in the Alice In Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League will each be putting up one valuable item for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity gets the 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 League, trash talk and interviews with the owners will be published on ESPN.com's The Life section throughout the season. Members of the league will also drop by for occasional chats on SportsNation.
Here are the standings after Week 1 with a look ahead to this weekend's matchups (mouse over the photos for bios of the participants):
Alice in Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League Standings
|1.||Kenny Wayne Shepherd||The KWS Domination||1||0||0||127||65||--|
Last week: Defeated Team Berry, 127-65. Next up: Team McKagan D (0-1)
|2.||Jerry Cantrell||JC Aroma of Tacoma||1||0||0||108||69||--|
Last week: Defeated M.I. Evil? Yes I Am, 108-69 Next up: Team The Brickwall (1-0)
|3.||Scott Ian||Scott Ian Mean Machine||1||0||0||105||92||--|
Last week: Defeated Team 9, 105-92 Next up: Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. (1-0)
|4.||Vinnie Paul||Team The Brickwall||1||0||0||103||71||--|
Last week: Defeated Team McKagan D, 103-71. Next up: JC Aroma Of Tacoma (1-0)
|5.||Zakk Wylde||Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc.||1||0||0||83||72||--|
Last week: Defeated Calabasas Clueless, 83-72 Next up: Scott Ian Mean Machine (1-0)
|6.||Kenny Aronoff||Team 9||0||1||0||92||105||1|
Last week: Lost 105-92 to Scott Ian Mean Machine. Next up: M.I. Evil? Yes I Am (0-1)
|7.||Matt Willig||Calabasas Clueless||0||1||0||72||83||1|
Last week: Lost 83-72 to Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. Next up: Team Berry (0-1)
|8.||Duff McKagan||Team McKagan D||0||1||0||71||103||1|
Last week: Lost 103-71 to Team The Brickwall. Next up: The KWS Domination (1-0)
|9.||Mike Inez||M.I. Evil? Yes I Am||0||1||0||69||108||1|
Last week: Lost 108-69 to JC Aroma Of Tacoma. Next up: Team 9 (0-1)
|10.||Matthew Berry||Team Berry||0||1||0||65||127||1|
Last week: Lost 127-65 to The KWS Domination. Next up: Calabasas Clueless (0-1)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Place of birth: Shreveport, La. Age: 32 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts
Personal: Shepherd cut his musical teeth opening for The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Van Halen.
Place of birth: Tacoma, Wash. Age: 43 Fantasy football experience: 5 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers
Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice In Chains includes 14 million albums sold, 19 Top 40 singles and six Grammy nominations.
Place of birth: New York Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: New York Giants
Personal: When Ian isn't playing guitar for Anthrax, he's schooling amateurs at the poker table.
Place of birth: Abilene, Texas Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: 10 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys
Personal: Paul, who formed Pantera with his late brother Dimebag Darrell, plays drums the way Ray Lewis hits people. In other words, hard.
Place of birth: Bayonne, N.J. Age: 42
Personal: Wylde landed the job of lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Ozzy Osbourne at the age of 19 and later founded Black Label Society.
Place of birth: Albany, N.Y. Age: 56 Fantasy football experience: 3 years Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts
Personal: Aronoff has played drums for a who's who of rock legends, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.
Place of birth: Whittier, Calif. Age: 40 Fantasy football experience: 0 years Favorite team: No favorite, but "I do like to watch the Carolina Panthers every Sunday, especially to watch my boy, Jordan Gross [left tackle], play."
Personal: One of two non-musicians in the league, Willig spent 12 years in the NFL with six different teams.
Place of birth: Seattle Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks
Personal: Before playing bass for Velvet Revolver, McKagen spent 13 years with Guns 'N' Roses, so he's ready for anything.
Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 43
Personal: Before playing bass guitar for Alice In Chains, Inez was rocking arenas with Ozzy Osbourne.
Place of birth: Denver Age: "Late 30s" Fantasy football experience: 17 years Favorite team: Washington Redskins
Personal: Berry, who wouldn't disclose any musical talents, is ESPN.com's Talented Mr. Roto and a five-time award winner from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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