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It's crowded at the top

It's a wide open race with five teams tied for the best record in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

Meat Loaf's Hell In A Handbasket 99-82 victory over Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Team Re-Domination brought their records to 4-2, tying them with Jerry Cantrell's JC Aroma Of Tacoma, Duff McKagan's Team Loaded and Scott Ian's Fear And Loathing. Aroma Of Tacoma and Loaded square off in the only matchup featuring the top teams.

And right behind at 3-3 are Mike Inez's M.I. Evil? and Zakk Wylde's Team Doom Crew Inc.

Shepherd is still hanging on to first by virtue of scoring the most points (595), but he's feeling the heat and sent the following note out on the league's message board:

Skin of my Teeth
Posted: Oct 22, 12:40 p.m.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Team Re-Domination

Well, we've just about reached the halfway point in the season, and half of the entire league is 4-2. This looks as if it's going to be a dog fight. I'm currently maintaining first place, but only because of my points, and not by much either. So far it's been fun, but last week was bull----. My QBs are all over the map. Matt Schaub sucks for the previous two weeks, so I sub Donovan McNabb and what happens to him? He sucks ass and Schaub had a good week! This season definitely hasn't shaped up to be what I think most people were expecting in the NFL.

Willig, this is the first time our teams have met since the Championship game last year where you stomped my ass because I thought the Colts would go for a perfect season, and instead all my key guys got pulled out of the game in the second quarter … Cantrell called it a rookie mistake. I agree.

This week I'm bringing my "B" game again brother, because several of my key guys are on a bye, but I still think I got what it takes to dominate … do you??

And league founder Cantrell sent the following note out after beating his Alice in Chains bandmate Inez 109-81:

Sorry, Mike … Not Really
Posted: Oct 17, 8:59 p.m.
Jerry Cantrell
JC Aroma Of Tacoma

Well, the tour is over, limped into the finish line with a case of pneumonia. Besides that it was a nice first day off. Not only did I kick the crap out of my buddy Inez, the Steelers and Seahawks both won and the Raiders go beat by the winless Niners. Awesome for me, ----burger for Mike. Thanks are looking up.

Participants in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League will each put one valuable item up for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity receives the proceeds of the auction. More details on the auction will be announced in the coming weeks.

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 and Music sections throughout the season. Members of the league also will drop by for occasional chats on SportsNation.

Here is a recap of Week 6 and a look ahead to Week 7's matchups:

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Place of birth: Shreveport, La. Age: 33 Fantasy football experience: 1 year 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: 44 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice In Chains includes 16 million albums sold, 21 Top 40 singles and seven Grammy nominations.



  • Scott Ian

    Place of birth: New York Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 1 year 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: 46 Fantasy football experience: 11 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys

    Personal: Paul, who formed Pantera with his late brother Dimebag Darrell, plays drums for Hellyeah the way Ray Lewis hits people. In other words, hard.


  • Zakk Wylde
    Place of birth: Bayonne, N.J. Age: 43 Fantasy football experience: 1 year 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.


  • Meat Loaf

    Place of birth: Dallas Age: 62

    Personal: Legendary singer, aka Michael Aday, has been just as successful on your TV and film screens as your radio.


  • Matt Willig
    Place of birth: Whittier, Calif. Age: 41 Fantasy football experience: 1 year and the AIC&FFFCL reigning champ 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.


  • Duff McKagan
    Place of birth: Seattle Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 1 year 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: 44 Fantasy football experience: 7 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders

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


  • Jay Harris
    Place of birth: Norfolk, Va. Age: 45

    Personal: Harris is the weekday co-host of the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter" and has been with ESPN since 2003.