Editor’s note: Each week Ryan Powell interviews one current or former professional lacrosse player, asking them some quick hitter questions to better understand them as a person and lacrosse player. It is often these players that have driven, and continue to drive, the game of lacrosse to the next level.
We hope you enjoy learning some fun facts that you might not have known about some of the greatest players to pick up a stick. This week Rhino interviews Mike Powell, former Syracuse attackman, 2x National Champion, Tewaaraton winner, and World Champion.
Name: Mike Powell
Birthday: 10 – 29 – 1982
Hometown: West Carthage, NY
College: Syracuse University
High School: Carthage Central
Awards: 2x National Championships at SU, World Championship
Current Gig: Making films, writing books, and taking pictures
Time to let it rip!
What was the first vehicle that you had? What kind of vehicle do you currently drive?
1989 Ford Probe that I bought from Adam “Happy ” Wiener for $100. I have continued to remain in the Ford family and currently drive an F-150 pick up.
What is the last meal that you ate?
I just made two hot dogs. But when I went to grab the buns I realized that there were none left. So I cut the two hot dogs up into six pieces and put three pieces onto two hamburger buns and smothered them both with ketchup. Mathematically challenging but it filled the gap. I also had three pepperoncinis straight out of the jar.
Who do you look up to most today and why (your idol or mentor)?
I look up to anyone who is authentic and focused on being the best person they can be.
What is your biggest fear?
If you had to redo college and had to go to another school and you were going to play lacrosse at the new school, where would you go?
University of Colorado in Boulder.
What is the one thing that you need on a daily basis?
What’s in your DVD collection?
Documentary heavy for sure. Everything from “Man On Wire” to “Dogtown and Z-Boys”, “Stop Making Sense” to “The Last Waltz”. Also the full Sam Bassett Film series.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
What are some of your household chores?
I’m the lead designer and head of maintenance.
What your favorite TV show?
Independent Lens is my current favorite.
What is your favorite song?
Too hard of a question. How about the first ten that come to mind…”These Arms Of Mine” Otis Redding, “Freedom Of The Road” Martin Sexton, “Violin” Amos Lee, “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” Counting Crows, “Poems Prayers and Promises” John Denver, “I’m On Fire” Bruce Springsteen, “Life During Wartime” Talking Heads, “Graceland” Paul Simon, “Mother’s Song” XVSZ, “Troubles” Colin Aberdeen.
What would you say if someone on the street asked you for 20 bucks?
I only have hundreds but I will buy you lunch.
What was the best lacrosse stick that you ever owned?
Viper or Voyce.
If you could be a video game character, who would you be and why?
One of the guys from Contra…just because it looks fun doing flips off of ledges with huge guns.
What kind of cologne do you wear?
If you could be any color of a crayon, what would you be?
White. It is the crayon that statistically lasts the longest.
What is your favorite quote?
As above, so below.
If you did not choose lacrosse as your sport, what sport would you have chosen?
Snowboarding, BMX, Skateboarding.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Being a good person.
What is your favorite pizza topping?
Did you have a nickname as a kid?
Mikey Kid Kid, Smalls, Mikey Duh, Casey and Ryan’s Little Brother
If you were to play an instrument what would it be?
Most comfortable on guitar. Love to play piano, accordion, banjo, mandolin, and the harmonica. Really wish I could play drums.
If you could visit anywhere in the world that you have not visited before, where would it be?
A ranch anywhere in Montana.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say?
Gandhi, I wouldn’t say anything, just a hug.
What is the longest you’ve gone without a shower?
If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you?
I wouldn’t take anything…I would enjoy the simplicity of the situation.
Tell us one random thing about yourself?
I have never been in the ocean above my head.
Favorite restaurant of all time? Name and what city?
Arad Evans / Fayetteville, NY
Who is your celebrity crush?
Typical…Megan Fox, Adrianna Lima.
Do you have a pre-game ritual?
Nope, don’t have one.
On your day off, you wake up and…..?
Pour a cup of coffee and take my dog Judo Jones for a walk through the wild bird sanctuary across the street from my house.
Are you a good tipper?
22%, 100% of the time.
What do you put on your hot dog?
Why do you wear the # that you wear?
I never knew of a lacrosse player that wore #0. So when I asked the Boston Cannons for #0 they laughed at me. I had to send a follow up email to reinforce my seriousness. It is also extremely symbolic and perhaps, symbolically and historically speaking, the most important number ever. It never stops.
This question comes from pro player Michael Watson – If you had to move to another country which would it be and why?
I would refuse to leave. We live in the greatest and most beautiful country in the world!
Do you have a question that we could ask the next pro lacrosse players?
Pick one of my 3 or answer all three: 1. What books are you currently reading? 2. What art do you have on your walls? 3. What is your favorite joke?
Thanks for your time MP!!
Mike Powell will be joining Rhino Lacrosse this summer for the following programs:
June 11th- 14th
July 9th- 12th
July 16th- 17th
July 18th- 22nd
July 23rd- 26th