Sean Payton is the enemy this week.
The head coach of the Saints is in the way of the Eagles' path for back-to-back Super Bowl championships.
But give the guy some props for his Philly and Flyers knowledge.
Payton spent part of his childhood living in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, about a 20-minute drive outside of Philadelphia. He was 10 and 11 years old when the Flyers won consecutive Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.
On a conference call Wednesday with Eagles reporters, Payton relived some of those glory days as a kid when asked if he kept in touch with the area:
I haven't talked to anyone relative to this season but, man, I've got a real good memory. I can remember the back-to-back Stanley Cups. I remember being off school on Monday after the second one. Phillies world championship, I could give you the lineup when the Russians walked off the ice [at the Spectrum]. I've had my fair share of cheesesteaks and hoagies and really was four blocks away from Marple Newtown High School. Played my first Pop Warner football there for the Marple Newtown Junior Bengals. There's a lot of close ties. My family is originally from Scranton and so I've got a lot of relatives back that way and close friends.
As reporters said thank you and were ready to hang up, Payton decided a little Flyers trivia was in order before moving on to prepare for Sunday's divisional round playoff game against the Eagles.
Payton: "Do you guys remember the LCB line? How many remember the LCB line? I'll bet not everyone."
Reporter: "(Reggie) Leach, (Bobby) Clarke and (Bill) Barber, right?"
Payton: "Yup. Who was the left-hander wing? He was in the second line? Rick MacLeish. Come on. You guys are slow."
Man, talk about a tough quizzer. His Saints are also tough as New Orleans is the top seed in the NFC and beat the Eagles, 48-7, in the regular season.
The Eagles have been a different team since that Nov. 18 matchup. Now they hope to add a sour memory to Payton's Philly connections — Broad Street Bullies style.
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