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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Nik Stauskas has been one of the best, if not the best, players for Michigan so far this season. But he was held in check against Duke on Tuesday night. The Canadian sophomore was held to just four points, and was 0-2 from the field.
Early in the game, Stauskas lost his shoe on a missed layup. He picked it up, and threw it right to the Cameron Crazies. Not a good idea...
Check it out:
Last night, UM guard Nik Stauskas lost his shoe and threw it at George W. Bush. WHAT? http://t.co/aMq44Dmwup— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) December 4, 2013
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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray. The 29-year-old Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA this year, and 32-20 in two-plus seasons with the Tigers.
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— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) December 3, 2013
[PODCAST] Tigers Trade Fister
Art Regner talks about the Tigers trading Doug Fister to the Nationals for two left-handed pitchers and a utility man, and tells fans not to over-react to Dave Dombrowski's move.
[PODCAST] Tony Paul
Art Regner talks to Tony Paul, Detroit Tigers writer for the Detroit News, about the Doug Fister trade, analyzes the players the Tigers received and looks forward to future moves by Dave Dombrowski.
[PODCAST] College Football Weekend
Shep talks about Brady Hoke's two-point conversion decision against Ohio State, the epic ending of Auburn-Alabama and how the Spartans match-up against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Brady Hoke's decision on Saturday to go for two, and the win, against Ohio State is the perfect scenario in sports where one must be able to see both sides of an argument.
I love that he decided to go for the victory, I just don't agree with the play call. Before you scream "that's easy to say now," please know I said this to a couple of friends, both of whom played in the NFL, and disagreed with me at the time. They thought Michigan moved the ball well enough all day to warrant an extra point, and push for overtime. I understood. I argued that you go for two and shove the regulation loss in the face of your hated rival.
"BEAT 'EM" I yelled, and leave no doubt. If there were more than just a prideful win at stake, I might think differently. But with seven wins, no shot at a division or conference championship, then stick it in there and win the game.
With all that said, I would have called for a mobile pocket for a mobile quarterback. I understand he was hobbled and left the game in a boot, but I think a pass play is already at a slight disadvantage because of the back endzone serving as an additional defender.
I like that Michigan went three receivers stacked, but I would have rolled Gardner to give him options, but more importantly, force the secondary to move. When you roll a quarterback out, it can creat confusion in the secondary and defenders are more likely to lose track of their guy. Rarely will teams go zone there because it creates pockets of openings and they can't afford it. Gardner is not your ideal pocket passer, and he has a tendency to "lock in" on a receiver. Such was the case Saturday.
Going for it doesn't have as much to do with the "statement" Hoke was making as it does good football sense. I would have preferred a different play and result.
Ron Burgundy invaded Winnipeg for the Olympic Curling Trials on Sunday, and to promote his upcoming movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The film will be released in theaters on December 18.
Of course, Burgundy has some classic lines, like "Winnipeg, the Paris of Canada."
Burgundy joined the TSN broadcast team during the Roar of the Rings. He was everywhere from the broadcast booth, to the ice practicing his curling game. Click here to watch the full length video of the trials