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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- At least 16 years of age
- Enrolled in an accredited school, college or university
- Able to receive school credit for the internship
- Be knowledgeable about Detroit sports
- Have some experience in audio editing (Adobe Audition)
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Games like Sunday’s against the Colts can often times be a revealing sign for a team like the Lions. It would be easy for a 4-7 club, highly unlikely to make the post season, to lick the stamp on a disappointing and demoralizing three game home stretch. Detroit’s losses to Green Bay and Houston, as well as both games to Minnesota, the game in Chicago, and the contest in Tennessee, are perfect examples of just how slim the margin of error is in the NFL. Last season, Detroit won five games by seven points or less and that propelled them to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth for the first time since 1999. This year, the Lions have five LOSSES by seven points or less (and another by 8-pts) that has left them 4-7 and with virtually no shot at repeating as post-season performers. Look at the Lions opponent this week-the Colts. Indianapolis notched just two wins last season, but they own seven already this year, including wins in five of their last six. They have found a way to win the close games, six by a touchdown or fewer, and now have their franchise quarterback. Andrew Luck was taken first overall out of Stanford and has been everything the Colts and scouts thought he would be. The seven wins are tied for most by a rookie; he’s thrown for 300-yards or more five times-an NFL rookie record; his 433-yard performance in week 9 against Miami is an NFL rookie record and he leads all AFC signal-callers in rushing yards. His interim head coach Bruce Arians says Luck’s control of the huddle reminds him of Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger and his work ethic helps separate him from other quarterbacks in the league. Of course, the Lions pride themselves on their #1 guy possessing the same traits that help make an elite quarterback. One will lead their surprising team to victory Sunday. If it’s Luck it builds on his early legacy in Indy and helps Colt fans deal with the loss of their legendary quarterback Peyton Manning. If it’s Matt Stafford, it makes Lions fans wonder just how close this year was to being another step toward being a consistent contender. The biggest difference though comes for the team that loses and how the setback is received. The Colts and their fans are playing with house money right now. Sure they want to make the playoffs, but they’ve been the biggest pleasant surprise in the NFL and no matter what happens from here on out, it’s been a positive 2012 season. If the Lions stumble to a fourth straight loss and eighth overall, then questions will persist about whether or not this team got lucky last year or if they are just a victim of what the NFL has become: pure parity-like it or not.