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My apologies to our weekly winner Rip_Some_Lip this week. I totally spaced fantasy for the week and it just dawned on me this afternoon.  Rip_Some_Lip had a fantastic week finishing almost 40 points ahead of second place. 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 11th place earned his team 362 points. Congrats on a great week!

Rip_Some_Lip   362
Huckfin   328
cat-man   291
Fishin-Novice   291
gregg52   265
mnwildman   264
jwhjr   242
yaggie   239
musky999   237
Jar Jar   233
Airjer   231
Moose   224
juneau4   219
BlackLundPro   218
fishing star   218
SwivelDigger   203
88fan   148

Total Points

1     gregg52   4119
2     jwhjr   3987
3     Fishin-Novice   3942
4     musky999   3927
5     Rip_Some_Lip   3923
6     Airjer   3819
7     yaggie   3730
8     Jar Jar   3716
9     mnwildman   3706
10     cat-man   3699
11     Huckfin   3687
12     fishing star   3604
13     88fan   3579
14     BlackLundPro   3423
15     SwivelDigger   3285
16     Moose   3196
17     juneau4   3185


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