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 may have lost their ninth straight Thanksgiving Day game last week, but I can live with it a little easier than some of the previous losses because of the player who WASN'T dressed or even in the building-Titus Young. The second year man out of Boise State has been one of the bigger disappointments in Lions draft history. Forget the numbers for a moment. He's a disruptive force in the huddle and in the meeting rooms and he's lost any respect he may have garnered from the leaders of this football team. This organization has some serious issues to deal with. It's sacrificed character for tempermental talent and it's hurting the entire organization. I've always felt coaches, no matter what level, need to be consistent and this staff has not been consistent with certain players. I do believe players need to step forward and take ownership though. The leaders of this team shouldn't be shy of putting players who possess that selfish attitude in their place, but in the end those "me-first" players need to answer to the coaches. Jim Schwartz bragged about a certain way to do things when he first got here and he has softened. If he was as tough on his players as he is with the media, this team may not be 4-7. I'm not sure what the Lions can do with players like Young or even Ndamukong Suh, but something better change because they aren't the kind of players others want to win with. Don't get me wrong, not everyone has to be liked in order to win, but there has to be mutual respect to play alongside someone and there are some on this club who haven't earned that respect. It's hard enough to win with talent in the NFL, but to have some of that talent creating unnecessary turbulence makes it almost impossible.