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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We in Detroit feel like we've been slighted on so many fronts and in some cases, it's a fair grudge to hold. I especially think that when it comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I truly believe Mickey Lolich, the American League all time leader for strikeouts by a lefthander, belongs in Cooperstown. I am also convinced that Bill Freehan was deserving of more consideration than he got. Jack Morris should find out today that he will be part of the 2013 class. He was the winningest (and losingest) pitcher of the 80's. He was the ace of three different teams-three different World Series teams; he made 14 opening day starts (2nd all time) and he worked eight innings or more in 52% of his starts-only Jim Palmer and Bert Blyleven had more in the DH era. His wins are better than 39 others already in and he has started more than games than 46 who've already been decorated and isn't that what pitching is about...wins and durability (at least for starting pitchers). I've heard some pundits say if you elect Morris then he'd have the highest era in teh Hall at 3.90. Well Red Ruffing has a 3.80 era, which is not much different and he won less, started less and struck out fewer. There are 21 shortstops in the Hall Of Fame, but Alan Trammell is not one of them. He deserves to be...by the Hall's standards. He is a 6x all-star; 4x gold glover and 3x silver slugger who has a 20-year lifetime batting average of .285, better than 11 who are already in Cooperstown (Ernie Banks, Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken); his 2365 career hits are more than 13 already in (Joe Cronin, Barry Larkin), his 185 homers are more than 18 elected shortstops (Honus Wagner, Pee Wee Reese) and his 1003 rbi's are better than 12 (Louis Aparico, Hughie Jennings, Barry Larkin, Phil Rizzuto). I don't think I'm being too biased because I am a native Detroiter, just reasonable with stats that are often used to support so many of the others who already called Hall of Famers.
Shep talks about the Baseball Writers' Association of America's decision to not elect anyone into the Baseball Hall of Fame, including former Tigers Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. Also, what should the writers do with the steroid users who are now eligible, like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens?
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