Five teams fight for two playoff spots
Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Zakk Wylde have secured playoff spots in the semifinals and five more owners are vying for the final two positions with one week remaining in the "regular season" of the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.
After Matt Willig's Calabasas Clueless (7-5), which can clinch a spot in the semifinals with a victory, four teams are at 6-6 and will likely need assistance from some spoilers to make the final four.
A key matchup is Clueless against Scott Ian Mean Machine (6-6) because Willig leads all the bubble teams in points (1,130), which is the first tiebreaker. So as long as Clueless doesn't completely flop, it could likely get in with a loss.
And Scott Ian's squad has the next-most points with 1,080, so he should make the semis with a victory as long as Jerry Cantrell (1,056 points) and Duff McKagan (1,007 points) don't score huge victories.
Team The Brickwall (6-6) is too far back at 966 points to worry about tiebreakers, so Vinnie Paul needs to beat Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. (8-4) and hope Ian loses, Team Berry (4-8) beats Cantrell's JC Aroma of Tacoma (6-6) and Kenny Aronoff's Team 9 (3-9) knocks off Team McKagan D (6-6).
And in the unlikely event it's necessary, the next tiebreaker after points scored is head-to-head record.
Each participant in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity 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.
Weekly updates on the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity 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 12, 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||10||2||0||1,267||936||--|
Last week: Defeated Scott Ian Mean Machine, 92-90 Next up: M.I. Evil? Yes I Am (4-8)
|2.||Zakk Wylde||Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc.||8||4||0||1,061||962||2|
Last week: Defeated Team Berry, 97-80 Next up: Team The Brickwall (6-6)
|3.||Matt Willig||Calabasas Clueless||7||5||0||1,130||1,107||3|
Last week: Lost to M.I. Evil? Yes I Am, 96-84 Next up: Scott Ian Mean Machine (6-6)
|4.||Scott Ian||Scott Ian Mean Machine||6||6||0||1,080||1,102||4|
Last week: Lost to KWS Domination, 92-90 Next up: Calabasas Clueless (7-5)
|5.||Jerry Cantrell||JC Aroma of Tacoma||6||6||0||1,056||990||4|
Last week: Defeated Team McKagan D, 95-85 Next up: Team Berry (4-8)
|6.||Duff McKagan||Team McKagan D||6||6||0||1,007||1,031||4|
Last week: Lost to JC Aroma of Tacoma, 95-85 Next up: Team 9 (3-8)
|7.||Vinnie Paul||Team The Brickwall||6||6||0||966||1,027||4|
Last week: Lost to Team 9, 90-85 Next up: Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. (8-4)
|8.||Matthew Berry||Team Berry||4||8||0||1,096||1,215||6|
Last week: Lost to Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc., 97-80 Next up: JC Aroma of Tacoma (6-6)
|9.||Mike Inez||M.I. Evil? Yes I Am||4||8||0||1,003||1,155||6|
Last week: Defeated Calabasas Clueless, 85-83 Next up: KWS Domination (10-2)
|10.||Kenny Aronoff||Team 9||3||9||0||945||1,086||7|
Last week: Defeated Team The Brickwall, 90-85 Next up: Team McKagan D (6-6)
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 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders
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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