Meat Loaf a fantasy football force

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League newcomer Meat Loaf blasted out of the gates like a … oh, what is it … what's the right expression for a quick start?

You knew we'd have to go there at some point, and it's just fitting after Michael Aday's Hell In A Handbasket scored a league-best 144 points against Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell's JC Aroma of Tacoma in Week 1.

Meat Loaf is new to the AIC charity league, but he's a longtime fantasy football veteran who used that experience to get 41 fantasy points from Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, 26 from Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and 19 from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. The rest of the roster's output was just gravy (really, no pun intended), as that trio of players would have been enough to top the 83 points scored by Cantrell's team.

That led the league founder to post the following message to the rest of the teams on the message board before Monday night's games had even begun:

God Help Me
Posted: Sep 13, 1:45 PM

I needed more than a 9-foot guardian angel on my side this week to combat team Aday's freakish output. Jesus … are you kidding me? Matt Forte saved my underperforming squad and gave me a total that wouldve been competitive with anyone else in the league.

Perfect. good luck fellas … you'll need it. On the bright side, the Seahawks and Steelers both won and that always makes me a happy man. Mike, nice work taking down the champ. looks like Duff has Mr. Harris with four left to play. Scott is going to win a matchup that looks a lot like the Redskin Cowboy game. Vinnie ,what the hell happened to Dallas???? Then there is the "Is it really Zakk Wylde playing his team or someone else?" Doom Crew taking down Kenny Wayne. I love it.

Well, when you get your ass kicked good and proper there's only one thing to do … dust yourself off and try and do the same thing to someone else next week. Till then.


Jerry Cantrell
JC Aroma Of Tacoma

Re: God Help Me
Posted: Sep 14, 2:01 PM

Holy crap, Meat making an AUSPICIOUS debut in the AIC league. Message received. Mr. Aday has the team to beat.
Scott Ian
Fear And Loathing

Re: God Help Me
Posted: Sep 15, 8:08 PM

Yeah, whoever let that ringer in should be taken out back and quartered!!!!

Matt Willig
Halfway Clueless

Participants in the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League will each be putting up one valuable item for auction by the end of the season. The league champion will get to designate which charity gets the 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 on 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 recap of Week 1 and a look ahead to Week 2's matchups:

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League overall standings

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Place of birth: Shreveport, La. Age: 33 Fantasy football experience: 1 year Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts

    Personal: Shepherd cut his musical teeth opening for The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Van Halen.

  • Jerry Cantrell

    Place of birth: Tacoma, Wash. Age: 44 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice In Chains includes 16 million albums sold, 21 Top 40 singles and seven Grammy nominations.

  • Scott Ian

    Place of birth: New York Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 1 year Favorite team: New York Giants

    Personal: When Ian isn't playing guitar for Anthrax, he's schooling amateurs at the poker table.

  • Vinnie Paul

    Place of birth: Abilene, Texas Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 11 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.

  • Zakk Wylde
    Place of birth: Bayonne, N.J. Age: 43 Fantasy football experience: 1 year Favorite team: New York Giants

    Personal: Wylde landed the job of lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Ozzy Osbourne at the age of 19 and later founded Black Label Society.

  • Meat Loaf

    Place of birth: Dallas Age: 62

    Personal: Legendary singer, a.k.a. Michael Aday, has been just as successful on your TV and film screens as your radio.

  • Matt Willig
    Place of birth: Whittier, Calif. Age: 41 Fantasy football experience: 1 year, and the AIC&FFFCL reigning champ Favorite team: No favorite, but "I do like to watch the Carolina Panthers every Sunday, especially to watch my boy, Jordan Gross [left tackle], play."

    Personal: One of two non-musicians in the league, Willig spent 12 years in the NFL with six different teams.

  • Duff McKagan
    Place of birth: Seattle Age: 46 Fantasy football experience: 1 year Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks

    Personal: Before playing bass for Velvet Revolver, McKagen spent 13 years with Guns 'N' Roses, so he's ready for anything.

  • Mike Inez
    Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 44 Fantasy football experience: 7 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders

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

  • Jay Harris
    Place of birth: Norfolk, Va. Age: 45

    Personal: Harris is the weekday co-host of the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter" and has been with ESPN since 2003.