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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Shep talks with Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland about his team, including playing without Nick Lidstrom and the importance of a quick start in a shortened season.
"Expect teams to make the playoffs by a point and miss it by a point... I believe we're going to be in the playoffs, but hte margin for error is so much tighter."
"Nick Nidstrom comes along once every 90 years, there's no Nick Lidstrom in the NHL right now."
Take a listen:
[PODCAST] Ken Holland
Shep's Take: Casualty of Lockouts
There is a good news/bad news feel with the NHL lockout ending and the 48-game season fast-approaching. The good news is just that-we will have hockey. We don't like the way the league and its players have treated us, but we do now get the chance to watch the best in the world play the sport.
The bad is that this disgusting, unncessary and unfortante lockout cloud/subject will hang over the game for the entire season and into future seasons. Questions will constantly be asked about the why's and how's and what for's. The problem with that is that the people most responsible for the chaos are not there to answer them. We'll approach and ask people like Mike Babcock, Ken Holland and Henrik Zetterberg....but it's not their fault.
You think Ken Holland thought it was good for hockey to put fans through this test? Hell no. You think Mike Babcock wanted this "extra time" so he could watch more film or join his subdivision committee? Absolutely not. Do you believe Henrik Zetterberg was enjoying playing in Switzerland rather than working out here to prepare for an 82-game grind? Not a chance.
They all wanted a training camp in Traverse City. Holland wanted a chance to evaluate prospects and bring in free agents to push those who weren't necessarily guaranteed a roster spot. Mike Babcock wanted to coach systems and Henrik Zetterberg wanted to work out the communication between himself and his teammates as he gets set to captain his first club in Detroit. But we've been left no choice to angle our questions and frustrations toward them because we can't talk with Gary Bettman or Donald Fehr or even Mike Ilitch.
Someone had to pay the price for the lockout. It was the fans who are emotionally attached; it was the workers in and around arena's who rely on the sport to help their business, or in some cases, make a living; and it is now the men who are usually front and center with the media answering questions. Only this time rather than discussing personnel, strategy and their play on the ice, they will have to face questions about the business side of hockey and why others have errored with such poor judgement.