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Monday, December 12, 2011
Updated: December 17, 12:50 AM ET
Kinney, DeGarmo lead AIC semis

By Jim Wilkie

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'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: