Wylde, Shepherd face off for first

9/18/2009 - NFL

Week 8 brings us another showdown for first place in the Alice in Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League as Kenny Wayne Shepherd faces Zakk Wylde.

The guitar wizards face off in the fantasy football equivalent of "Crossroads," and their roster choices combined with a little luck will determine which one performs like Ralph Macchio and which one is Steve Vai.

The two 6-1 teams have had little trouble this season, with Shepherd's KWS Domination leading the league in scoring (759 points), while Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. has had the benefit of great timing with a league-low 481 points against.

Have a look at what Wylde and others said this past week on the league message board:

Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc.
No subject
Posted: Oct 23, 1:00 PM
To the Alice in Chains Charity Affiliates & What are you gonna do when the Doom Crew runs over you?
To KWS & And that Bullseye has its sights set on you!!!!
Hugs & Kisses, Zakk.

Father Magnolia, the legendary Madden Trophy established in Dublin, Ireland 1990 is now residing in the Doom Crew Gym and I am feeding off its power.
P.S. we had to put duct tape over my only tainted loss in seven appearances in Madden Bowl V the fact that you are so handsome is the only reason I got over the loss and only had five years of therapy.

Father Vincenzo, you are looking very similar to your beloved Dallas Cowgirls!!!!! Have you recovered from the pounding of the Doom Crew?
Hugs and Kisses, ZW

Father Cantrell, word on the street is there has been bitter rumblings from one of our affiliates from the AIC Charity League. It seems that our two-headed beast is getting the best of one of our affiliates and doesn't feel too swell about it. This isn't confirmed. It's only rumors as you know what a gossip mill this AIC Charity League really is.

Father Ian, the Doom Crew Inc. is going to [hurt] you just like Anthrax! And if you haven't heard any of their records, let me say this about that: "It ain't gonna be pretty!!!" Let's go, Yankees!

Father Aronoff, thank God your timing as a musician destroys your timing in this league.

Father Duff, relish your moment in defeating the almighty Doom Crew Inc. The Almighty Doom Crew will never taste defeat again, especially from the hands of some legendary iconic rock star musician guy.
I love you. ZW

As Week 7 approaches, the AIC Charity Football League you might as well all quit because no one likes any of you, including your parents, fans, accountants, record companies, movie studios, merch companies, third grade teachers, tour bus companies, all airlines, Carnival Cruise Lines, lighting companies, your neighbors, toll collectors, all.

Scott Ian Mean Machine
Re: No subject
Posted: Oct 24, 1:42 PM
I'm sorry, Zachariah & did you say something to me? You seem to be a little preoccupied making posts and losing games these days. Need some help from the fantasy virgin? You know how to get ahold of me & anyway, until then Mean Machine makes it four in a row this week and continues the table-running performance.

JC Aroma of Tacoma
Can't catch a break
Posted: Oct 27, 3:40 PM
I think that this season is the weirdest one so far since I've been playing fantasy football. I'm 3-4 in both leagues, injury riddled, and just cant catch a break. seriously & Holmes gets a touchdown taken away by a phantom penalty, then a miracle & Westbrook goes out with an injury to stop Phil's &.I mean Zakk's team cold, and I can't get 18 points out of McNabb and Portis combined. Oh, well , bummer dude. Congrats on the win, Phil. You are playing Zakk's team right into the playoffs

Scott Ian Mean Machine
Dear Brent Celek and Ahmad Bradshaw
Posted: Oct 26, 11:39 PM
Thank you for your contributions to my team this week. I will be sending the both of you a heaping pile of dog s--- wrapped in Matthew Berry's weekly tip sheet & COD.

Team McKagan D
Re: Dear Brent Celek and Ahmad Bradshaw
Posted: Oct 27, 8:22 PM
Yeah, guys, thanks for helpin my team out!

Scott Ian Mean Machine
Re: Dear Brent Celek and Ahmad Bradshaw
Posted: Oct 28, 8:17 PM
Oh don't worry & you are gettin' an extra special bag. : )

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 7, 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.

  • Jerry Cantrell

    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.

  • Scott Ian

    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.

  • Vinnie Paul

    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.

  • Zakk Wylde
    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.

  • Kenny Aronoff

    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.

  • Matt Willig
    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.

  • Duff McKagan
    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.

  • Mike Inez
    Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 43

    Personal: Before playing bass guitar for Alice In Chains, Inez was rocking arenas with Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Matthew Berry
    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.