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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22 games isn't even close to try and get a fair temperature on the Tigers. They are 11-11...not where I expected, but by no means does it create a panic feeling. They have played the fourth most challenging schedule in the majors to date and it's about to ease up a little and that's why the next month may make or break this team, although they are really the only club I think that can truly "run away" from every other team in the AL Central. Detroit will take on Kansas City, Chicago 2x, Minnesota 2x, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Seattle in a series. The club should get Doug Fister back as well and those are the primary reasons the next month is key to this clubs success. Winning baseball seasons are about winning series and beating the teams in your division. If the Tigers can't seperate themselves from the aforementioned teams, then I'm not sure what kind of success we can expect. I'd love the "experiments" of Raburn and Eldred to end and I'd like to see a better performance from Scherzer (7.77era and yet to get past the sixth in any of his starts) and Porcello (6.45era); I'd prefer a steadier bullpen than Weber, Villareal, and Balestar, but it would ease concerns if players like Fielder, Boesch, Perralta, Benoit and Valverde returned to their 2011 form as well. This team isn't so good where the lesser parts can carry it. They have May to get it together, otherwise it could be a long summer.