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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I hate to be a pessimist, but let me be the 150th person to state the obvious. The Green Bay Packers are better than the Detroit Lions. I could use this blog to give you the keys to a possible Lions victory Sunday at Lambeau Field, but you’d never believe it. I could give you all kinds of numbers that suggest the Lions have a chance for an upset, but you’d stop short of falling over laughing. The Fact of the matter is I can’t find a single scenario how Detroit can win this game and maybe that’s why they can. Ya see the NFL is strange and often-times unpredictable. I mean did you actually believe Arizona could win in Foxboro against the Patriots? Were you sold on the Vikings upsetting the 49ers or the Browns upstaging the Steelers or the Seahawks marching into Soldier Field and stunning the Bears? No. Me either. This game in Green Bay Sunday night has all the making of a Detroit disaster. The Packers have won 21 straight against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin and haven’t lost at Lambeau in the series since 1991. Green Bay has won ten straight divisional games; eight in a row at home; its 30-9 against the NFC North under Mike McCarthy and their head coach is 12-1 in his career against the Lions. The Packers average 31.2 points per game at home since 2009….second best in the league to New England and the defense has generated at least two takeaways in 21 of their 30 home games since 2009. They have a quarterback in Aaron Rodgers who is among the best all time in red zone efficiency; td:turnover ratio; and completion percentage against the blitz. They have a defense that ranks fourth in the league in scoring and touchdowns allowed and they possess a special teams player that rivals Percy Harvin of the Vikings in Randall Cobb. He’s already second in Packers history with three kick return scores and he’s the only player in NFL history to score on a kick return in week one in each of his first two seasons. On top of all that, this Green Bay squad plays its best when the lights shine brightest. They have won four straight Sunday night games at Lambeau; six of their last eight overall and are 19-6 overall on Sunday nights. Rodgers…in eight regular season starts on Sunday night….completes 65% of his passes; has thrown for 20 scores and been picked off just three times. I don’t mean to be downer, I just don’t see how the Lions can possibly win this game. Of course, I didn’t think the Bengals could be the Giants or the Titans could beat the Steelers or the Chiefs beat anybody.