Top two tangle in AIC charity league

In what may turn out to be a preview of the championship, Jerry Cantrell's first-place Aroma Of Tacoma faces Chris DeGarmo's second-place (via tiebreaker) Mach Six's in this week's marquee matchup in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

The Aroma (7-3) has a one-game lead over Mach Six's (6-4), but DeGarmo's squad has a three-game winning streak and continues to pile up points as the league's highest-scoring team.

Both owners are eagerly awaiting the matchup and both posted items on the league message board with Cantrell again changing his Dean Martin logo for good luck
(click the link to see the photo):

Dean's Studying Up
Posted: Nov 16, 3:41 p.m.
Jerry Cantrell
Aroma Of Tacoma

Dean got his s--- together last week to get me another win. He's been studying "The Drinking Man's Diet" to learn how to manage his intake a little better. I'm going to need all the help I can get this week. DeGarmo is looking pretty tough.

Re: Dean's Studying Up
Posted: Nov 17, 3:59 PM
Chris DeGarmo
Mach Six's

A recently substantiated report has Mach Six's team owner Chris DeGarmo taking his upcoming match against Cantrell's Dean Martin-inspired Aroma of Tacoma very seriously. Apparently, DeGarmo has hired 3-year-old consultant Stewie Griffin to provide unparalleled insight into Cantrell's No. 1-ranked squad.

"We're reaching for straws here," quipped Six's offensive coordinator Bodie Westwood. "Cantrell has harnessed the spirit of Martin, and we needed the best." Added DeGarmo, "It was so obvious who we needed, just look at him."

Oddsmakers, it seems, agree, with Vegas sports bookies reporting record bets on the match. "It was a difficult negotiation" lamented DeGarmo, "the kid has David Lee Roth representing him, the demands were surreal! In the end, the Raffi and Teletubbies box-sets cinched the deal for us."

Other terms of the deal were not available, including how long Stewie would remain onboard advising.

Each participant will put one valuable item up for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity receives the net 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 in 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 look at Week 11's matchups and last week's results:

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings

  • William DuVall
    Place of birth: Washington, D.C. Age: 44 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Joined Alice in Chains as its full-time lead singer in 2007, contributing to its 2009 comeback album, "Black Gives Way To Blue." DuVall previously had been in Comes With The Fall and recently produced MonstrO's debut album.

  • Jerry Cantrell

    Place of birth: Tacoma, Wash. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: 7 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice in Chains includes 35 million albums sold worldwide, 21 Top 40 singles and eight Grammy nominations.

  • Randy Wolf

    Place of birth: Age: 35

    Personal: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher who has also played for the Phillies, Dodgers, Padres and Astros.

  • Vinnie Paul

    Place of birth: Abilene, Texas Age: 47 Fantasy football experience: 12 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.

  • Chris DeGarmo
    Place of birth: Wenatchee, Wash. Age: 48

    Personal: DeGarmo is a co-founder of heavy metal band Queensryche, for whom he was lead guitarist. He is now a professional pilot.

  • Ann Wilson

    Place of birth: San DiegoAge: 61 Fantasy football experience:: Rookie Favorite team: New Orleans Saints

    Personal: Lead singer of Heart, the pioneering female hard rock band that has sold more than 30 million records.

  • Sean Kinney
    Place of birth: Renton, Wash. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks

    Personal: Kinney, who has been playing drums since he was 5, has been the only drummer for Alice in Chains and he has also played with the likes of Johnny Cash, Krist Novoselic and Kim Kim Thayil.

  • Duff McKagan
    Place of birth: Seattle Age: 47 Fantasy football experience: 2 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks

    Personal: Before playing bass for Velvet Revolver, McKagan spent 13 years with Guns N' Roses. The lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Loaded, McKagan began writing a sports column for ESPN Music in 2011.

  • Mike Inez
    Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: 8 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders

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

  • Jay Ferguson
    Place of birth: Dallas Age: 37 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys

    Personal: Ferguson portrays Stan Rizzo on AMC's "Mad Men," and his other TV credits include "Burn Notice," "Judging Amy" and "Evening Shade."