Widefield shooting suspect captured after standoff in southwest Colorado Springs
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Officers captured Christopher Michael Martinez, who was barricaded in a house near Hickory Hill Drive and Pennyroyal Lane in southwest Colorado Springs, at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. (Hugh Johnson, The Gazette)

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Let's be honest, no one really wants to see New England win another Super Bowl.

So, football fans, consider this my formal invitation to the Eagles bandwagon.

All aboard!

People judge Philly for its passion. For climbing greased light poles after making the Super Bowl for the first time in 13 years.

But I would rather be from a city that rally's around a team making history one game at a time, than one that enters every season expecting a championship.

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt said it best last night: "Then (the Patriots) go and do what everyone assumes they will. They erase the deficit, they complete the comeback and the most spoiled fanbase in all of sports gets to celebrate what must feel like a birth right."

Don't get me wrong, I will never discredit the Patriots or their talent and consistency the last decade. But like The Gazette columnist David Ramsey said: It's a boring story line.

So is throwing snowballs at Santa.

What's not a boring story line?

Chris Long donating his entire season salary - more than 1.3 million - to benefit educational equality and opportunity programs in Philadelphia, Charlottesville, Va., Boston and St. Louis.

Carson Wentz, who despite being off his feet, continues to be the team's biggest inspiration. His spirituality has united a city (and not nauseatingly so like another famous faithful QB).

Nick Foles, who reportedly turned down more money with another team to come back to Philadelphia and finish what he started. And is well on his way.

Or this starting lineup, which has endured a surplus of major injuries this season, but continues to rally and prove doubters wrong. 

How about second-year head coach Doug Pederson, or VP Howie Roseman, who turned the train wreck which was the Chip-Kelly era into a Super Bowl team in just two years.

The team's newest and most impressive additions, Nick Foles, Jake Elliott, Chris Long, Patrick Robinson, LaGarrette Blount, Alshon Jeffery, Derek Barnett, Corey Graham - they all had a hand in Sunday's show-stopping win over the Vikings, proving the huge leaps taken by this coaching and front office staff.

Philly sports fans are passionate. And yes, that means having one of the worst reputations in pro sports. But those fans who get caught on video doing something asinine don't change that Philadelphia, in my completely biased opinion, is the best sports city in the world.

We're hated. And we know most of the world is giving us no shot against the Patriots in two weeks.

But Philadelphia needs this. We've been too bad for too long to let an opportunity like this slip through our fingers.

We're underdogs. Again.

But that's just the way we like it.

Bring it on, Brady. Go Birds.

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