Zakk Wylde's Doom Crew Inc. and Vinnie Paul's The Brickwall, the two remaining unbeaten teams of the Alice In Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League, square off in Week 4 for first place and bragging rights.
While Paul and Wylde traded barbs about their fight for the top spot, most of the conversation on the league's message board centered on ESPN's Matthew Berry's Team Berry, which is still winless. Here are excerpts taken in the past two weeks:
JC Aroma of Tacoma
THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, BERRY
Posted: Sept. 21, 1:16 a.m.
"About the only thing that gives me any bit of a smile this week is that last-minute whooping the Giants put on the Cowboys, and of course … the ringer goes down again. Nice work, fellas. Keep it up. This one goes out to you, Matthew. Sing it all week long, Gregory."
Re: THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, BERRY
Posted: Sept. 21, 5:42 p.m.
"I'm singin' at the top of my lungs, Matt!
Wow, I don't even know how this works, YET I'm still kickin' the crap out of the expert.
Re: THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, BERRY
Posted: Sept. 25, 1:16 p.m.
"Whoop it up now, boys. Even the Royals were in first place for a bit at the start."
And who gets to face the Talented Mr. Roto this week? None other than league ringleader Jerry Cantrell and his JC Aroma of Tacoma.
JC Aroma of Tacoma
BERRY STRIKES OUT AGAIN
Posted: Sept. 29, 5:33 a.m.
"Wow!!!! I'm sure I've racked up plenty of bad karma pointing out the shortcomings of our very own ringer … but I can't help myself. It's my turn this week, fellas. I'll see if I can keep the streak alive. This is your chance to redeem yourself, Matthew. … Bring it!"
Each participant in the Alice In Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League will put up one valuable item for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will designate which charity receives the auction's proceeds. More details on the auction will be announced in the coming weeks.
Weekly updates on the Alice In Chains & Friends Charity 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 also will drop by SportsNation for occasional chats.
Here are the standings after Week 3, 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
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.