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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Justin Verlander has arrived. I know many of us here in Detroit believe he had arrived by tossing two career no-hitters; or by winning 24-games; or by claiming both the Cy Young and MVP in the same season....but he had always been saddled with a mediocre post season record. Before Thursday's ALDS clinching gem, Verlander had never thrown a complete game in the playoffs; before last night's masterpiece he was a five hundred post season pitcher; and before the clincher, he was forced to deal with unfavorable comparisons to Jack Morris and Mickey Lolich. Now, Verlander is their equal. One game can do that, or maybe one series can do that. Verlander's 22 strikeouts in the two wins against the A's was a new divisional series record. He is the only Tigers pitcher to have multiple double digit strikeout games in a playoff series. It was the best game he's ever pitched because of the circumstances and what was at stake. Tigers fans collectively would always argue that they had the "best pitcher in baseball," but were allowed some slight concern, knowing that Verlander had never really given them that special outing in post season play. They and he now have it. Justin Verlander on Thursday, throwing 122 pitches; 83 for strikes, carried the Tigers to victory, like Jack Morris did in 1984 and Mickey Lolich in 1968, even like Frank Tanana did in 1987 in his 1-0 win in game #162 against Toronto. He is the best in the game...and when all is said and done...he might be the best the organization has ever had and Tigers fans now have their proof.