And then there was one
The big showdown for first place in the Alice In Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League turned into a blowout as Zakk Wylde's Doom Crew Inc. romped 125-60 over Vinnie Paul's The Brickwall in Week 4.
Doom Crew Inc.'s deft move to pick up Steve Smith of the New York Giants on Sept. 17 is paying off big with 25 points last week for the No. 1-ranked wide receiver in ESPN.com's Fantasy Football.
Now Wylde's Doom Crew Inc. (4-0) stands alone as the only unbeaten team and next faces the 1-3 Team 9 owned by Kenny Aronoff.
The Brickwall will try to bounce back in Week 5 against Matthew Berry's Team Berry. The Talented Mr. Roto pulled himself out of last place and temporarily put a halt to the insults by beating Jerry Cantrell's JC Aroma of Tacoma 83-68.
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 4, 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.||Zakk Wylde||Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc.||4||0||0||402||266||--|
Last week: Defeated Team The Brickwall, 125-60 Next up: Team 9 (1-3)
|2.||Kenny Wayne Shepherd||The KWS Domination||3||1||0||408||324||1|
Last week: Defeated M.I. Evil? Yes I Am, 93-64 Next up: JC Aroma of Tacoma (2-2)
|3.||Vinnie Paul||Team The Brickwall||3||1||0||319||342||1|
Last week: Lost 125-60 to Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. Next up: Team Berry (1-3)
|4.||Matt Willig||Calabasas Clueless||2||2||0||396||396||2|
Last week: Lost 113-87 to Scott Ian Mean Machine Next up: Team McKagan D (2-2)
|5.||Jerry Cantrell||JC Aroma of Tacoma||2||2||0||348||289||2|
Last week: Lost 83-68 to Team Berry Next up: The KWS Domination (2-2)
|6.||Scott Ian||Scott Ian Mean Machine||2||2||0||343||386||2|
Last week: Defeated Calabasas Clueless, 113-87 Next up: M.I. Evil? Yes I Am (0-4)
|7.||Duff McKagan||Team McKagan D||2||2||0||258||289||2|
Last week: Defeated Team 9, 69-54 Next up: Calabasas Clueless (2-2)
|8.||Matthew Berry||Team Berry||1||3||0||347||428||3|
Last week: Defeated JC Aroma of Tacoma, 83-68 Next up: Team The Brickwall (3-1)
|9.||Kenny Aronoff||Team 9||1||3||0||184||178||3|
Last week: Lost 69-54 to Team McKagan D Next up: Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. (4-0)
|10.||Mike Inez||M.I. Evil? Yes I Am||0||4||0||286||388||4|
Last week: Lost 93-64 to The KWS Domination Next up: Scott Ian Mean Machine (2-2)
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 Favorite team: New York Giants
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, [left tackle] Jordan Gross, 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, McKagan 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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