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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Too often we try and predict games based on stats or momentum when a lot of games just come down to matchups. The Packers are….and seemingly always have been….a bad matchup for the Lions. Green Bay has won eight straight games against teams from NFC North; they have won 12 of the last 13 in their series with Detroit and their head coach, Mike McCarthy, is 11-1 all-time against the Lions. The Packers have scored more points against the Lions than any other opponent (3,458) and they have won 21 straight games in the state of Wisconsin against the Lions-the number one active home winning streak of any team in the NFL. Of course the Lions don’t have to worry about that Sunday because the game is at Ford Field, but that might be worse. What? It’s true. Read this carefully. Since taking over the starting reigns in 2008, Aaron Rodgers has the highest quarterback passer rating on the road (102); he’s thrown the most road touchdowns (71) and his career passer rating on the road is the best in NFL history (101.2). In his last 15 road games, Rodgers has completed 68-percent of his passes, thrown for 4,323 yards with 38-touchdowns and just four interceptions with a 117 QBR and he’s posted a 100 rating in 12 of those 15 starts. It gets worse for the Lions and domed-stadium teams. Rodgers has started 19 games under a dome and has a 117 rating-tops in NFL history. He has thrown for almost 57-hundred yards; 47-td’s and just 7-interceptions. In his last eight dome starts, Rodgers has thrown for 25 scores and just one pick. He has seven 300-yard performances and three plus touchdown games in six of those. Scarey huh? He’s the best against the blitz and he’s one of the best ever in the red zone. There is nothing he can’t do. As Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told me this week, “His numbers are insane, he can make every throw.” The Packers are vulnerable for sure, especially without Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews, but the Lions will have to win Sunday in a shoot-out and the man they’re facing is Wyatt Earp and Billy “The Kid” rolled into one. I don’t like their chances.