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 dismal season will conclude soon and we'll keep searching for answers to why this team regressed from its 10-6 playoff campaign from last year. There are plenty of culprits: Jim Schwartz, Martin Mayhew, Matthew Stafford, the secondary and injuries to name a few. Schwartz let things spiral out of control starting with the off-season transgressions with Mikel Leshoure, Aaron Berry, and Johnny Culbreath. He waited too long to hold Titus Young accountable and he's handled Ndmakong Suh with kid gloves for far too long. Stafford has shouldered the blame for this teams struggles and that's admirable and even though it's not all on him, that heavy load comes with the position and he has to deal with it. When you're considered a franchise signal-caller, you have to be better than 17-touchdowns and 15-interceptions. You can't throw pick sixes in the red zone and you have to complete more than 59% of your passes. (Forget the "mechanics." Don't buy into that bullcrap. Watch film of Montana, Sims, Esiason, Brady, Unitas-they've all thrown sidearm at times.) He isn't even close to this teams biggest concern, I think he's part of their solution, but he must play better than he did this year. Mayhew is bright and hard-working and I'm not sure if he's listened to too many people on draft picks, but he better come through with more than just a first round gem this April. This team needs depth at linebacker and starters at safety, corner and defensive line. It also needs help on the offensive line as well and it's his job to cure those ills. His recent drafts of unproductive players like Ronnell Lewis (4th rd), Tahir Whitehead (5th rd), Doug Hogue (5th rd) and Derrick Williams (3rd) are too common. I'm tired of hearing Gunther Cunningham gush about the young talent taken in the draft when these guys can't even suit up for a regular season snap. Maybe last year's success came too soon, thus elevating unreachable expectations, but there have been way too many glaring mistakes for the fan base to accept and it needs to change this off-season. Enough lip service. Maybe it starts Saturday night against the Falcons. I don't want to hear the lions "are playing for pride." They are playing for jobs because as far as I'm concerned they're all on notice.