Shepherd, Willig clash in charity final

Two fantasy football rookies, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Matt Willig, will face off in the two-week championship in the Alice in Chains & Friends charity league.

Shepherd's The KWS Domination dropped Vinnie Paul's Team The Brickwall 214-171 and Willig's Calabasas Clueless (9-5) dumped Zakk Wylde Doom Crew Inc. 229-198 in the two-week semifinals.

Now they are going head-to-head in an attempt to benefit their chosen charity with the proceeds from an auction of items donated by all 10 members of the Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League. The auction is slated to begin the first or second week of the new year.

KWS Domination has had a better season (11-3, including playoffs), but Willig, of course, has the experience of a 12-year NFL career as an offensive lineman in his favor.

Both owners made proud posts on the league's message board earlier this week and here is a sample:

Scott Ian
Willig vs Shepherd
Posted: Dec 22, 11:45 AM
I'm on Team Willig. Take 'em down!!!!

Matt Willig
The Super Bowl!
Posted: Dec 22, 1:01 PM
I wanna win this thing fa sho, BUT I also know I'm David up against Goliath! How did we let KWS land Manning AND Peterson? That's just not right. I think he should spot me 40 pts to make it even.

THANK YOU, Jerry for allowing me to join this exclusive group. It was a much less painful deal than I thought it would be … and actually made the season fun for me to watch. You get a little jaded after playing the game for a while. I had a blast playin' this with the ROCKERS (I'm a big fan of all your music).

Thanks, Scott, for the emails and the shoutout earlier in the season. You didn't know me but you threw my name out to the public with LOBO and it definitely got a blog reaction (apparently people on the web think I'm really ugly).
Thanks, fellas

(I've got no chance)


Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Re: The Super Bowl!
Posted: Dec 23, 11:48 AM
Well, well, well … here we are, boys. It's been one hell of a season. I gotta tell you, being a newbie at this FF game, I had no idea how the season would play out. It's been a hell of a ride and now we are in the Super Bowl.

I have enjoyed watching everyone's team's performance each week. It's also been a learning process watching everyone make their player acquisitions. Matt, I don't know how you did it, but you've got three guys on your team that are ALL ranked No. 1 in their respective positions (actually Vernon Davis just got bumped this week to No. 2).

If you check the pregame box prediction, you are favored to win. Now, don't mistake that comment for a concession from the Domination because I don't give up like that, and neither do my boys on my team. As a matter of fact, I remember checking the predictions one week that had me favored to win and I wound up losing to Mike with a paltry 53 points that week, so obviously anything can happen.

Yes, Peyton is my boy, but I think I could be in some trouble with him and Reggie Wayne because no one can make a call as to whether or not they will start or play a full game in the next couple of weeks. That's a real problem considering how your boy Aaron Rogers has been racking up the points every week.

I guess we'll just have to see how it all plays out. I really want to win for my charity, and I'm sure you do, too.

Good luck to you. I'd say "MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN", but we all know which team that is … just look at the record!!!!


Here are the final regular-season standings, with a look ahead to this weekend's final-round postseason matchups (mouse over the photos for bios of the participants):

Alice in Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League Regular-Season Standings

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Place of birth: Shreveport, La. Age: 32 Fantasy football experience: Rookie 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: 43 Fantasy football experience: 5 years Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks/Pittsburgh Steelers

    Personal: Lead guitarist Cantrell's legacy with Alice In Chains includes 14 million albums sold, 19 Top 40 singles and six Grammy nominations.

  • Scott Ian

    Place of birth: New York Age: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie 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: 45 Fantasy football experience: 10 years Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys

    Personal: Paul, who formed Pantera with his late brother Dimebag Darrell, plays drums the way Ray Lewis hits people. In other words, hard.

  • Zakk Wylde
    Place of birth: Bayonne, N.J. Age: 42 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.

  • Kenny Aronoff

    Place of birth: Albany, N.Y. Age: 56 Fantasy football experience: 3 years Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts

    Personal: Aronoff has played drums for a who's who of rock legends, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.

  • Matt Willig
    Place of birth: Whittier, Calif. Age: 40 Fantasy football experience: 0 years Favorite team: No favorite, but "I do like to watch the Carolina Panthers every Sunday, especially to watch my boy, [left tackle] Jordan Gross, 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: 45 Fantasy football experience: Rookie Favorite team: Seattle Seahawks

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

  • Mike Inez
    Place of birth: San Fernando, Calif. Age: 43 Fantasy football experience: 6 years Favorite team: Oakland Raiders

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

  • Matthew Berry
    Place of birth: Denver Age: "Late 30s" Fantasy football experience: 17 years Favorite team: Washington Redskins

    Personal: Berry, who wouldn't disclose any musical talents, is ESPN.com's Talented Mr. Roto and a five-time award winner from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.