Kinney, DeGarmo lead AIC semis

Former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo and Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney have taken halftime leads in the semifinals of the third annual Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

DeGarmo's 149-105 lead, including results from Thursday night's game, over Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is so big that the league founder has conceded defeat in a note on the league's message board (click on the link to see the photo):

Nothing To Lose
Posted: Dec. 14, 5:31 a.m.
Jerry Cantrell
Aroma Of Tacoma

Girlschool? More like I'm getting schooled by my ex-girl and Chris. No way I'm coming back from a 40-plus point deficit so I'll shake up my lineup and take some gambles. Good luck in the Super Bowl, Chris. Gonna have to be next year for me. Tight race for your prospective opponents.

Re: Nothing To Lose
Posted: Dec. 14, 1:41 p.m.
Chris DeGarmo
Mach Six's

Well, my brother, I certainly do appreciate your fine choice of Heather [Ankeny] to be providing not-so secret guidance for the Mach Six's. Kinda like building your own chicken coop and then buying a hungry fox for your next-door neighbor! I'm loving it! (And taking notes …)

The other semifinal is too close to call, however, with Kinney leading Alice in Chains singer William DuVall 98-91.

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 soon.

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, as Cantrell and Vinnie Paul did last week.

Here is a look at the postseason matchups and last week's results:

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League final regular-season 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 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."