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Just wrapped up Season 4 of Le Buzz Parisien here in SE Paris.  

Baguette Bowl 4 was won, surprisingly, by the 4th seeded Pittsburgh Steelers (who came this close in last year's title game).

A little season wrap-up and then some photos...

The Quarterfinals:

Steelers 28, Seahawks 14 ... and... Chargers 35, Eagles 21

Semifinals:

Steelers 15, 49ers 13 (OT)... and... Oilers 21, Chargers 14

Baguette Bowl 4

Steelers 28, Oilers 14

A recap of a memorable Baguette Bowl:

Baguette Bowl 4 saw the underdogs from Pittsburgh pull off a shocking, but convincing, 28-14 upset of the heavily-favored Houston Oilers in Paris last night.
Coming into the playoffs as the 4th seed, the Black-and-Gold got on a roll and even the top-seed 6-1 Oilers couldn't slow them down when it counted most.
Houston struck first on a 22-yard TD catch-and-run by scrappy Rob Carpenter who was ushered into the end zone by a bevy of earnest teammates (see photo). Two plays later Oilers safety Vernon Perry intercepted Bradshaw and things were looking bleaker than a Pittsburgh winter for the Stillers. But the Steel Curtain forced a Houston punt and Team MVP Franco Harris returned it 91 yards for a TD. The momentum had certainly swung. 7-7 at the half.
The Steelers got the ball to start the 2nd stanza and Bradshaw quickly hit Temple alum Randy Grossman for a 75-yard TD. 14-7 Stillers.
On the ensuing kickoff Grossman then forced an unimaginable Earl Campbell fumble (his first this season after 47 touches), and on 1st down Franco ran it in for a 20-yard TD. 21-7 Pittsburgh. Houston was reeling.
On their next possession it took the Houston offense four plays to score (a 63-yard TD pass to Campbell), making it 21-14 and leaving four plays for Pittsburgh to seal the win.
The usually opportunistic Oilers defense could not force a turnover as the Steelers notched two 1st downs and even scored on the last play of the game, a 24-yard jaunt through traffic by Harris, to seal the championship. The latter tally was quite the exclamation point (some would say quite unnecessary as well), but it certainly won't be soon forgotten in SE Texas.
Baguette Bowl 4 MVP Franco Harris finished with 187 total yards and 3 TDs on 5 touches, besting regular season league MVP Earl Campbell, whose 213 yards and 1 TD on 8 touches couldn't overcome his devastating 2nd half fumble.
 
Le Buzz Parisien now heads into the offseason. But plans for Season 5 are already underway, with discussions of potentially a 10-team league and a 5 or 6 game schedule.
 
Teams definitely in for Season 5:
Oilers, Seahawks, Chargers, Eagles, Chiefs, Dolphins, Buccaneers & Broncos.
On the bubble:
Steelers, 49ers, Vikings, Jags, & Bills.
Relegated:
Raiders.
If you made it this far reading, let us know which of the above teams you'd like to see make it into the league for Season 5.
 
Special thanks to the following for helping make this season, and this league, a success:
#tudorgames 
 
 
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