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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I am not afraid to say I’m a Lions fan.
In addition to objectively covering this team, I also want this team to win. I was born and raised here, so I am emotionally attached on game day.
Many can say, “I’m done with this team,” but I can’t. It’s been in my blood since I understood what football is, so I can’t rid myself of this team even if I wanted to. Just because they have broken my heart and spirit for years, doesn’t mean I stop watching or caring or hoping.
This team is as perplexing and disappointing as any I have covered. I am in a constant battle with myself on whether or not this team has talent. I say it has to have a high skill level to start as well as it did, at 6-3, and boast the high rankings that it held. But then I watch them commit eight penalties and turn the ball over three times on Monday night in a game that most considered a must-win.
I see how Baltimore, who also felt a high sense of desperation, came out and “found a way to win” because they weren’t uncomfortable playing in big games this time of year. I see how the Lions predictability came back to haunt them, their quarterbacks' inconsistency stayed consistent, their receivers remain unfocused with dropped passes and their defense surrenders untimely conversions (3rd & 15 on final drive).
Someone needs to hold these players accountable because I don’t think that is happening right now. I believe too many of these players have plateaued.
Ask yourself this, which players have steadily gotten better? I’m sure you can name a few, but nearly enough. This team can give its robotic, rehearsed answers like, “that’s a good defense over there,” but when is the role going to be reversed? After all, the Lions offense ranked third going into the game.
The bottom line is this team has found ways to lose games, and now lose this division. It has failed to seize the moment with the constant issues that has plagued this organization for decades. I hear and read so much about this team’s talent. Ask yourself: if this team is talented, why does it make the same mistakes? Does a talented team constantly turn the ball over? Does a team with talent repeatedly shoot itself in the foot with penalties? This team is physically gifted, but that doesn’t mean it’s talented.
It has wasted skill and opportunity, and is now on the brink of wasting a season. Not to mention the valuable time and emotion of Lions fans. That is why so many suggest it’s the same ole Lions.
[PODCAST] Lions Lose on Monday Night P1
Shep talks about the Detroit Lions' Monday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Matthew Stafford throwing three interceptions and Jim Schwartz's job security.
[PODCAST] Lions Lose on Monday Night P2
Shep continues to talk about the Lions loss at Ford Field on Monday Night Football, the lack of mental toughness in the locker room and some questionable calls by Jim Schwartz and Scott Linehan.
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The Red Wings have now lost six games in the shootout this season, and have lost 11 straight games that have gone to a shootout dating back to last season.
Maybe attempts like this one have something to do with their struggles...
[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.