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Friday, November 27, 2009
Updated: November 28, 6:22 PM ET
Crunch time in AIC Charity League

By Jim Wilkie
ESPN.com

Just two more weeks remain until the playoffs are set in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

If the playoffs began today the semifinals would be No. 4 Scott Ian Mean Machine (6-5) versus No. 1 KWS Domination (9-2) and No. 3 Zakk Wylde Doom Crew (7-4) versus No. 2 Calabasas Clueless (7-4).

So that sets up a must-win game this week for league organizer Jerry Cantrell if his Aroma of Tacoma (5-6) is going to cling to its slim hopes of reaching the playoffs. Cantrell's Aroma faces Duff McKagan's Team McKagan D, which also needs a victory to break the logjam with the other 6-5 teams, Vinnie Paul's Team The Brickwall and Scott Ian's Mean Machine.

Meanwhile, Zakk Wylde's once powerful Doom Crew has lost two in a row and is in danger of sliding out of the final four and Matt Willig's Calabasas Clueless remains the hottest team with a four-game winning streak. And the former NFL player was letting his rivals know about it on the league's message board:

Matt Willig
Tue, Nov. 24, 6:41 PM
Watch out Rock Gods, the dumbass football guy is officially making a move!!!
It's about peaking at the right time!

Scott Ian
Wed, Nov. 25, 2:10 PM
We all knew! We all knew that you would be back here gloating again … death, taxes, and Willig tootin his horn. Yeah, you have done very well Matt …

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 11, with a look ahead to this weekend's matchups (mouse over the photos for bios of the participants):