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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The Lions, outside of their game in Jacksonville, have yet to put together a full game where their offense, defense, special teams, and coaching have all worked in synchronicity. It was eveident especially in Minnesota Sunday when the defense played well in the first half while the offense sputtered to get a first down or convert a third down (they finished 1-9 with all but two conversion attemps under 7-yards). Then in the second half, the offense caught fire while the defense stumbled, missing tackles and assignments. Slightly overlooked in the frustrattion of being swept by the Vikings and dropping to 0-3 in the division, was the wasted performance of Calvin Johnson, who caught 12-passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. It was his third regular season 200-yard receiving performance of his career-a franchise record and fourth overall-tied for fifth in NFL history (Lance Alworth owns the record with five). Maybe I'm wrong here, but I think this Lions club has too much talent to be 4-5 and winless in the NFC North. As good as we think the North is, remember Chicago has beaten one team with a winning record (Indy in week one), Green Bay has beaten two (Chicago and Houston) and Minnesota has beaten one (SF). Maybe the division isn't as strong as we thought. Where do we place the blame? That's a good question because the highly touted and highly paid defensive line has been disappointing; the linebackers have missed too many tackles and the running game/passing game doesn't seem to find any groove until they visit the locker room for a halftime speech (just one first quarter TD this season). Is that on the players or coaches. It's on both and all need to be held accountable. We shouldn't settle for injuries as an explanation because every team goes through it and the really good one's overcome it with depth. The Lions depth appears to be limited, but their starters haven't been good enough either and this season is quickly becoming a wasted season.
[PODCAST] Lions Lose to Vikings Pt 1
[PODCAST] Lions Lose to Vikings Pt 2