Matt Shepard is the play-by-play voice of University of Michigan basketball, Eastern Michigan University football and the Detroit Lions Television Network. He can also be found on TV locally on Fox Sports Detroit and nationally on the Big Ten Network for college football and baseball.
Here, he answers a few of your burning questions.
Hometown? Farmington Hills, MI
Marital Status? Married, Lisa, with four children (3-boys 1-girl)
What High School did you attend? North Farmington HS
What is your Favorite sport to watch on TV and your favorite sport to attend in person?
Football on TV...hockey to attend
Who is your favorite actor or actress?
Clint Eastwood/Mel Gibson.....Ashley Judd
Who is your favorite sports celebrity of all time? Wayne Gretzky
Bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the ninth of the Game Seven of the World Series and your team is down one run...Which active baseball player do you want at the plate? Derek Jeter
Who is your favorite cartoon character? Bugs Bunny
What is your favorite national sports moment? Miracle on Ice
What is your favorite Detroit sports moment?
1984 World Series & 1997 Red Wings Stanley Cup
If you could change a rule in sports, what would it be?
I'd just like to see the strike zone called appropriately
What Detroiter do you admire most? Joe Dumars
College or Pro Sports? College
If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be? Jesus....my father (deceased)....my father-in-law (deceased) to see 'em one more time
What was your most interesting interview? Paul Newman at the Detroit Grand Prix
Favorite broadcaster of all time? Dick Enberg....but I really respect Joe Buck
Most embarrassing moment on the air? Stuttering during a line in a sportscast
What is your favorite Sports Team? Detroit Tigers
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If there was one thing that was mildly entertaining about last night's Tigers' loss, it would be Ian Kinsler's slide into third base. The second baseman face-planted en route to the Rangers smashing of the Tigers. The pitching duel between Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish was very one-sided, but at least we had a laugh along the way.
[PODCAST] Verlander Struggles
Sean Baligian talks about Justin Verlander's struggles on the mound for the second game in a row, plus the team's standing after a quarter of the season.
Tayshaun Prince threw down on three Oklahoma City Thunder players in last night's Game 5 win, that propelled the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals. The announcer said he didn't know that Prince still had the "ups" to do that.
Are you rooting for the Grizz with all of their local ties (Prince, Austin Daye and Zach Randolph)?
As a parent, I always want more for my kids than I have. I want them to have nicer things, drive better cars, hold a better/more profitable job and retire at an earlier age (not that I ever will). Of course, I want them to have all this while still being grounded and family-oriented, the way they were raised. In order for them to reach those goals, I think it's important to help guide them and offer advice when needed. I hope Jay Harris' folks feel the same even though on the surface it doesn't appear we share that belief.
Jay Harris is the three star wide receiver from Pennsylvania, who was reportedly offered and accepted a football scholarship to Michigan State University, but circumstances have evolved that forced both the school and Harris to disassociate with one another. That circumstance involved Harris on a video looking like he was smoking pot and rapping offensive lyrics. Harris says he wants to focus on his rap career rather than head to MSU. I suppose that's fine, but I can't help but wonder where his parents are on this decision.
Would college be so inconvenient that the kid couldn't continue his rap career? There are plenty of student athletes who have interests outside of their sport. This kid has a shot at getting a free education at a very good university and still play a sport that attracts over 80-thousand every Saturday. I hope his father explained to him all the contacts he could make while playing at MSU, and the fact that the school has produced quite a few people in the music industry. I hope his parents told him he could earn a business degree that might aid him in a more profitable music career. And I hope his parents explained to him the benefits of a backup plan just in case the rap career takes a swerve in the road at some point.
At 5'11'', 165 lbs, I'm not sugggesting Jay Harris was going to make the NFL as a wide receiver, but I witnessed Wikipedia had over 200 pages of American rappers, so there's a saturated market for that talent too. It's a gamble and the kid is betting on himself. I can respect that I guess. I don't agree with it and I think it's stupid to turn down a free education, but it's his life. It's not like this is an athlete leaving early for the draft because he's got a shot at being selected in the first couple of days of the NFL draft. I mean Le'Veon Bell took an educated risk and could always go back and complete his degree. Jay Harris closed that door before it barely opened. I just hope he's prepared for both success and failure....for both him and is parents sake.
Shep talks to Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith about the upcoming series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Plus, growing up as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Smith talks about how it feels watching the Leafs implode in Game 7.