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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We, here in Detroit, have witnessed some of the greatest individual game performances in the history of sports; we have cherished some of the best athletes in sports play here; and we have been fortunate to watch some of the most spectacular single seasons in sports memory as well. What we are seeing with Miguel Cabrera here in 2012 is, if not the best ever, among the all time greatest in Detroit. With two games remaining, Cabrera leads the American League in average, rbi's and home runs. He might be the 14th player to ever boast a triple crown season (it's happened 15 times to date, but two players won it twice) and the first since 1967. How does his .328 average; 44-homer; 139-rbi season rank among the greatest in Detroit sports history? It's a good debate. Here are some of which his season will be compared (in no particular order):
Hank Greenberg 1935: .328; 170rbi; 36hr; 389tb-MVP
Greenberg 1940: .340; 150rbi; 41hr; .670 slg-MVP
Ty Cobb 1911: .420, 127rbi; 248 hits; 47dbls; 147runs-MVP (the only one he won which is a joke)
Charlie Gehringer 1937: .371; 96rbi; 209hits-MVP
Denny McLain 1968: 31wins; 28cg; 336ip; 280k's; 6shutouts-MVP/Cy Young
Al Kaline 1955: .340; 102rbi; 200hits; 27hr
Justin Verlander 2011: 24-wins; 2.40era; 250k's-MVP/Cy Young
Sergei Fedorov 1994: 56-64-120-Hart Trophy
Gordie Howe 1953: 49-46-95-Hart Trophy (one of six)
Nick Lidstrom 2003: 18-44-62; plu40-Norris Trophy (one of seven)
Isiah Thomas 1985: 21ppg, 14apg; 2.3spg
You can decide which you think might be the greatest in Detroit sports history and there is no way we can come to an agreement, but we can all agree that Cabrera's 2012 campaign is in the discussion and the best we've seen in a long time. Another accomplishment that we here in Detroit can be proud of.