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Lettin’ It Rip With Sean Lindsay

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 Sean Lindsay, former Cuse star, lacrosse snacker, and international man of lax!

Lindsay playing in the LXM Pro.

And we’re back for another edition of Lettin’ It Rip! This time around I’m talking with another Cuse alum, Sean Lindsay.  Sean has played pro lacrosse in the MLL and LXM and is a development officer for the Thai National Team.  Check out our conversation below and get to know one of the most creative and fun to watch players from recent memory!

Player Profile

Name: Sean Lindsay

Nickname: SL21

Position: Midfield

Birthday: October 31, 1981

Hometown: Cortlandt Mannor, NY

College: Syracuse University

High School: Lakeland-Panas High School

Awards: 2x High School All American; 2x Division 1 NCAA All American; 2x National Champion, 2004 MLL First round draft pick, 2007 MLL ALL STAR, 2007 All MLL, 2007 USA National Team Member

Current Gig: LA Mavericks Founder/President, Lax Snax Director of Operations, Development Director/US Coordinator- Thailand Lacrosse Association, LXM PRO Player, Head Coach at Agoura High School

Time to let it rip!

What was the first vehicle that you had? What kind of vehicle do you currently drive?

The first car I ever owned was a 1980 something Plymouth Voyager with wood paneling on the sides. I currently drive a blue Grand Cherokee.

Not bad!!

Your last meal, what is it?

If this is the last meal I’m going to have I’m doing it up big, so bear with me… Dinosaur BBQ ribs; a Cheeseburger from The Counter; French Fries; Chocolate Milk; Sprite; French Toast; A Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwich with salt, pepper and ketchup; Three bags of Lax Snax, one Rip it Ranch, one Braveheart Bandito, and one Man Up Roasted and Salted; Double stuffed Oreos, with a glass of milk for dipping; My Grandmother’s meatballs; My Mom’s Baked Ziti; Emily Pfeifer’s Ham Chunk; a butter Croisant, a glazed donut and a homemade S’more.

Now I realize the only healthy things on this list are the bags of Lax Snax, but considering the fact that this is my last meal I might as well go out with a bang.

Who do you look up to most today and why?

My idols growing up as a kid were Michael Jordan, and Muhammad Ali. I loved how Michael Jordan was by far the best player on the court every time I watched him play. What I loved most about Muhammad Ali was his ability to talk the talk and walk the walk; a lot of people thought him to be very arrogant, but I never saw him that way. The one word that sticks out in my mind when I think of Muhammad Ali is confidence.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is a world without an ocean, and waves.

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Sean hits the beach with Jim Lindsay.

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?

Wow, this is a very tough question… My entire life growing up, starting from when I started playing lacrosse at 10 years old, all I ever wanted to do was play in the Carrier Dome, and win National Championship for Syracuse.  If I had to choose a school to play at right now, in the year 2012, that wasn’t Cuse, I would go to Michigan.

What is the one thing that you need on a daily basis?

SUP; Stand-Up-Paddle boarding.  It’s amazing.

What’s in your DVD collection?

I’m into Blue Rays nowadays, but now that I have Netflix on my TV I don’t really buy too many blue rays anymore either. My recent favorites are Captain America, and Inception.

What are some of your household chores?

Sweeping the floors, taking out the trash, cleaning the counters. I don’t mind doing laundry, but I hate folding clothes. Lucky for me, my girlfriend loves folding clothes, so it works out perfect.

What your favorite TV show?

My favorite show of all time is Curb Your Enthusiasm, but I also really love The Office, The Wire, and Dexter.

What is your favorite song?

That would be a tie between two songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: All Around the World and Venice Queen.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
RHCP does rock!

What would you say if someone on the street asked you for 20 bucks?

That depends on the situation. If it was really needed I would give it up for sure.

What was the best lacrosse stick that you ever owned?

My current stick actually… the Easton Stealth Head and Shaft.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I am 100% a dog person. I am a proud owner of a Bullmation (half Bulldog, half Dalmatian), named Moo.

moo dog
Too cute.

If you could be a video game character, who would you be and why?

I would want to be either Enzo from Assassins Creed, or Master Chief from Halo. Anyone familiar with these two characters will not need an explanation as to why I choose them. They are two very baddddddd men!!!!!

What kind of cologne do you wear?

I don’t wear cologne, just deodorant.

If you could be any color of a crayon, what would you be?

You should know the answer to this one RP, Orange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is your favorite quote?

“People don’t want to try new things if they think they are going to be bad at them. The tendency is to say, ‘I haven’t done that, i don’t need to do that, I’m not good at that. You guys go on ahead.’ But the truth is, you have to be willing to subject yourself to failure, to be bad at something, to fall on your butt and do it again, and try stuff you’ve never done. That’s the ideal mindset in sports, and in life… You need to keep challenging yourself.. It forces your mind to engage.” Laird Hamilton- Waterman.

If you did not choose lacrosse as your sport, what sport would you have chosen?

If you would have asked this question to me a year ago I would have said football, but now I would say Paddle boarding. I started doing this over the summer for training for my LXM games, but I have since falling in love with the sport, and I try to go every day.

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as a good son, a good brother, a good uncle, and as an ambassador to the sport of lacrosse.  I want to be remembered for helping the game grow, not only in Southern California, but throughout the world.

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Lindsay helping out the Thai team.

What is your favorite pizza topping?


Did you have a nick name as a kid?

My dad used to call me Moocher as a little kid. I am not sure why, as I don’t remember mooching for anything.

If you were to play an instrument what would it be?


If you could visit anywhere in the world that you have not visited before, where would it be?

Tavarua Island, Fiji

tavarua island fiji
Small, but breathtaking!

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?

Falcor from the Never Ending Story. For all you young laxers out there who are not familiar with this book or movie, I highly recomend seeing it or reading it. If Falcor was my pet I would not need a car, would not need to worry about flights or traffic, and the best part of all is that he can speak.  Also he has great hair.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive, who would it be and what would say?

Bruce Lee, I would ask him if he would train me and show me the way of the 1 inch punch.

What is the longest you’ve gone without a shower?

I love being clean, I hate being dirty, so probably a day or two at the most.

If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you?

If I can bring whatever I want I would bring my paddle board with paddle, a satellite phone, and a lighter or matches.

Tell us one random thing about yourself?

I am ambidextrous, but every time I try to tell people that I butcher the word completely and sound like a fool. I was also born on Halloween.

Favorite restaurant of all time? Name and what city?

Dinosaur Barbecue, up in Syracuse, NY. This has been the easiest question by far. (Editor’s Note: and a VERY popular response.  Dinosaur BBQ just might be THE favorite spot to grub for all lasers. Cue someone from Baltimore disagreeing.)

Who is your celebrity crush?

Taking the 5th on this questions for sure, especially considering the fact that my girlfriend is typing my answers for me…

Do you have a pre-game ritual? If so, what is it?

Yes, I take a knee and say a few words to two people. First is to my former Syracuse teammate and childhood friend Brian Crockett and the other is to a former youth player that I I coached name Cody. Cody passed away in November 3 years ago and Brian passed a few months later. I always ask these guys to look over me when I play and let them know they are not forgotten.

On your day off, you wake up and… ?

A perfect day goes like this for me. Brush my teeth, make an Herbalife shake, take my vitamins, walk my dog, strap up my paddle board to the golf cart and head down to Little Dume and hopefully the surf is good so I can paddle out.

Are you a good tipper?

Yes, always!!!

What do you put on your hot dog?

This might sound crazy and many people might not believe this, but I have never in my life taken a bite out of a hot dog. For some reason it’s one of those foods that I refuse to try.

hot dog poster
Seriously, who hates Hot Dogs?

Why do you wear the # that you wear?

I wear #21. The reason that I wear that number is because when I played on my first organized lacrosse team in 4th grade I was given the number 21. Lucky for me going into my freshman year at Syracuse it was available.

Do you have a question that we should ask the next pro lacrosse player I interview?

What has been your scariest nightmare or dream??

Also, please answer this question that was asked by Kyle Harrison: What’s your favorite lacrosse memory and why?

My favorite lacrosse memory would be two things. First would be winning my first National Championship in 2002. That was a life long dream of mine, and a goal I set for myself at a very young age. That was a very special day for me and my family because they all knew how much it meant to me to get that ring and they all saw how hard I worked my whole life to get it.

The second thing would be winning our second National Championship. People always ask me which one felt better, or which one do you like better.  But it is impossible to compare.  The first one will always be the first, and nothing will ever change that. When we won our second championship I was a Senior, team captain and first team All-American. If you were to go down my checklist of lacrosse goals going into college the top 3 would be: 1) Win a National Championship, 2) Become a team captain, and 3) Become a first team All-American.  So the second one is equally as special. The best way to sum it up would be that I ended my career as a National Champion. Not many Division 1 college athletes can say that, but I can.  It’s a truly great set of memories.

(RHCP photo courtesy, Tavarua photo courtesy SurfingNewsDaily, LXM PRO photo courtesy of Pro Athletics Facebook page.)