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 DID NOT agree with the Lions second round pick of Ryan Broyles. I was stunned at them taking a wide recevier that high, if at all, but I also understand teams must trust their board. Six of eight picks focused on defense is enough for me even though I would have preferred Levonte David (OLB), Vinny Curry (DE) or Peter Konz(C). For those who felt like a cornerback had to be taken in that second round, I ask why. he next corner taken was Vanderbilt's Casey Hayward, who was rated lower than the next two guys who went in the third round Josh Robinson and Trumaine Johnson. We put value, and rightfully so, on picks, but we forget that sometimes guys in lower rounds can be impactful and we forget that we can be wrong. Did you agree with the Titus Young choice last season? I didn't, but he was productive. Did you agree with moving up to get Brandon Pettigrew? I did and he's been extremely productive. There have been a ton of instances of corners drafted after round one and those players been starters: Brandon Carr-Grand Valley 5th; Assanti Samuel 4th round; Sam Shield and Tramon Williams undrafted; Mel Blount was a fourth rounder; Willie Brown was undrafted and Lester Hayes was a fifth round pick back in the day. Hell, the teams we respect most in the NFL defensively are Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Here's their starting corners: Ike Taylor-ULL 4th rd; Williams Gay-Louisville 5th rd; Cary Williams 7th rd and Ladarius Webb-Nicholls State 3rd rd. Granted, those two teams/organizations are more respected and loaded up front, but they find guys in later rounds and are lauded for it. Why can't Detroit do the same thing? I keep asking myself that question...but I just won't know the answer for a couple of years.