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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It may not come as fast as you'd like it to, but the Lions will have to make some changes when the season ends. Teams that go 10-6 and reach the playoffs, that supposedly add to its talent base and then go out and finish no better than five hundred, have to adjust. The Lions have preached that there are certain things every playoff-contending team in the NFL must have: quarterback, game-changer, and defensive line pressure. Detroit has all three of those in Stafford, Johnson and the defensive line where a ton of money is invested. And yet they are still on pace for a sub-five hundred record. Is it coaching? Personnel? Scheme? It's a combination of all. Players have to make plays and if they are constantly making the same dumb penalties and mistakes, they need to be either demoted or cut loose. Coaches should be able to adjust and if they aren't, their punishment should be no different than that of a player. Gunther Cunningham's scheme that has failed to prevent teams to stage fourth quarter comebacks in each of the last three home games tells everyone watching and following that he refuses to adapt to the situation. Scott Linehan's ability to get Calvin Johnson involved early Sunday against the Colts is refreshing, but begs the question of why it wasn't figured out earlier this year. Look, we're all frustrated and we're searching for answers and we can all admit there's no simple resolution, but we've been told this team has talent and yet it's a miserable, disappointing and frustrating 4-8. Either it doesn't have the talent we've been sold on or its coaches aren't putting that talent in the right position to succeed. Either way, heads are going to roll and for those who keep their jobs, their running short on time to prove their worth.
[PODCAST] Luck Beats Lions Pt 1
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