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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Updated: November 20, 1:12 AM ET
Top two tangle in AIC charity league

By Jim Wilkie
ESPN.com

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: