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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[PODCAST] Stafford Stats 12-11-13
Shep talks about Matthew Stafford's trend of turnovers in losses this season, if he has plateaued as a quarterback and the incredible amount of drops by the Detroit Lions receiving corps.
Stafford is now 31st in the NFL at 58.3% completion. Of the QBs who have started 10 games for this season, Stafford is only a head of San Francisco's Colin Kaeperknick at 57.2% and Geno Smith of the Jets at 55.4%. Source.
Danica Patrick dressed up as a Vegas Showgirl for the 2013 American Country Awards, and was looking pretty good.
— For The Win (@forthewin) December 11, 2013
You might remember last year Patrick said she felt uncomfortable being described as a sex symbol.
"People don't know how to describe women in a pretty way. Do you call Blake Griffin a sex symbol because he was on the cover of Men’s Health with his shirt off? People just don't know what to call women who look attractive ... The easiest thing to do, that gets the most attention, and that people are familiar with hearing, is sex symbol," Patrick said in 2012.
[PODCAST] Lions Snow Game
Shep talks about the Detroit Lions "snow game" loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Matthew Stafford's up-and-down outing and Jim Schwartz's questionable decisions.
Michigan State is the best football team in the Big Ten.
They proved it during the regular season by winning every conference game by 10 points or more. And then they put an exclamation point on their season with a decisive knockout of Ohio State in the B1G title game.
I predicted an MSU win because of their defense's ability to lock down receivers on the outside, and play an 8-man box most of the game. Their defense really didn't disappoint all that much, despite 142 yards from Carlos Hyde. But remember, he's a pro.
The biggest surprise for me was how effective the Spartan offense was. Their balance was incredible: Jeremy Langford rushed for 130 yards, seven different receivers caught a pass, and Connor Cook threw for over 300. Cook and Langford were the better 1-2 punch Saturday night, better than the guys who were both named All-Big Ten First Team and one, Braxton Miller, was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year.
Where is the love for Dave Warner and Jim Bollman, the MSU co-offensive coordinators? They have been ridiculed all season for their "lack of creativity," and yet they coached an offense that had 438 total yards and scored 34 points. They deserve a ton of credit for putting their players in position to make plays and be successful. Too many times they take the brunt of the criticism when they lose, while taking a back seat to the players when they win. Today, they should all stand side-by-side and accept their deserved praise for a job well done. One more to go for their best season ever.