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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It’s obvious the quarterback position is the most important in football. I would argue it’s the most important in sports, so saying Matthew Stafford and Michael Vick will be keys in Sunday’s game at Lincoln Financial Field is pretty basic….but Stafford will be counted on especially in this meeting because of the Philly defense and the challenge it presents. The opposing quarterbacks who have faced that Eagles “D” have a combined rating of 67.1, third in the league. The Eagles defense allows just under 207 passing yards per game, the fifth lowest total in the conference, and only Houston is allowing quarterbacks to complete a lower percentage than Philadelphia’s 53.3%. They are ball-hawkers as well, intercepting 44 passes since 2010, fifth most in the league over that time. But the one area they have struggled is sacking the QB. Through the first quarter of the season, only the Jets, Raiders, and Jaguars have sacked the quarterback less. It’s troubling for Andy Reid because his defense tied for the league lead with 50 a year ago. I asked Lions offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan about that this week and he talked about how those numbers are misleading, saying “the Eagles defense affects the passer as much as any we will play,” thus the importance of Stafford being on his ‘A” game. Linehan also noted Philadelphia plays as much “matchup man” as any team on the Lions schedule. That means the Eagles will match their best corner with the best wide receiver on the field rather than having their corners stay on the left side or right side for an entire game. Calvin Johnson told me the Eagles cover that way because their secondary plays with such supreme confidence, but it most likely means there will be more one-on-one situations for Detroit’s wide outs and more opportunities for “chunk plays.” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told me Thursday that will be important to monitor. The Eagles have notched 23 plays of 20-yards or more (chunk plays)…fifth most in the league…..and that Michael Vick is the primary reason for that. Schwartz says, “Vick doesn’t get enough credit for creating the big play; that he is much-maligned for his turnovers (league high 11) but he keeps plays alive to create big-play opportunities.” The Lions have not been able to boast similar numbers because of the high safety coverage they’ve consistently faced….maybe this week changes that. Without sounding too simplistic, whichever quarterback this Sunday can help his offense make the BIG play should come out on top.