Brickwall steps up to reach semifinals
After a wild finish to the regular season, playoff matchups are set in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.
Regular-season champion Kenny Wayne Shepherd's KWS Domination faces fourth-ranked Vinnie Paul's Team The Brickwall and second-place Matt Willig's Calabasas Clueless takes on No. 3 Zakk Wylde's Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. in the two semifinal games. This week's points will count for the first half of this round, with next week being the second half.
Paul's fourth-place finish is most impressive after seemingly having the longest shot at a final-four spot among the four 6-6 teams last week. Despite being the lowest-scoring team among those four teams, in case a tiebreaker was needed, Team The Brickwall pulled ahead with a victory over Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc., while Jerry Cantrell's JC Aroma of Tacoma, Scott Ian's Scott Ian Mean Machine and Duff McKagan's Team McKagan D all lost.
In the consolation round, sixth-ranked JC Aroma of Tacoma plays No. 5 Scott Ian Mean Machine, eighth-seeded Team Berry faces No. 7 Team McKagan D and last-place Team 9 takes on No. 9 M.I. Evil? Yes I Am.
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 final regular-season standings, 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||3||0||1,320||1,015||--|
Last week: Lost to M.I. Evil? Yes I Am, 79-53 Next up: Team The Brickwall (7-6)
|2.||Matt Willig||Calabasas Clueless||8||5||0||1,230||1,183||2|
Last week: Defeated Scott Ian Mean Machine, 100-76 Next up: Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. (8-5)
|3.||Zakk Wylde||Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc.||8||5||0||1,146||1,057||2|
Last week: Lost to Team The Brickwall, 95-85 Next up: Calabasas Clueless (8-5)
|4.||Vinnie Paul||Team The Brickwall||7||6||0||1,061||1,112||3|
Last week: Defeated Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc., 95-85 Next up: The KWS Domination (10-3)
|5.||Scott Ian||Scott Ian Mean Machine||6||7||0||1,156||1,202||4|
Last week: Lost to Calabasas Clueless, 100-76 Next up: JC Aroma of Tacoma (6-7)
|6.||Jerry Cantrell||JC Aroma of Tacoma||6||7||0||1,156||1,098||4|
Last week: Lost to Team Berry, 108-100 Next up: Scott Ian Mean Machine (6-7)
|7.||Duff McKagan||Team McKagan D||6||7||0||1,079||1,120||4|
Last week: Lost to Team 9, 89-72 Next up: Team Berry (5-8)
|8.||Matthew Berry||Team Berry||5||8||0||1,204||1,315||5|
Last week: Defeated JC Aroma of Tacoma, 108-100 Next up: Team McKagan D (6-7)
|9.||Mike Inez||M.I. Evil? Yes I Am||5||8||0||1,082||1,208||5|
Last week: Defeated KWS Domination, 79-53 Next up: Team 9 (4-9)
|10.||Kenny Aronoff||Team 9||4||9||0||1,034||1,158||6|
Last week: Defeated Team McKagan D, 89-72 Next up: M.I. Evil? Yes I Am (5-8)
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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