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've discussed just how hard it can be to win on the road....in sports overall, but especially this year in the Big Ten basketball. I call certain losses "justifiable" because of the teams and environments. For example, losing at Wisconsin, I.U. or at Breslin can be seen as such. There's a reason the Badgers and Spartans have been so successful in the Big Ten for years: quality players and coaching, but also because they rarely lose at home. Coaches in the conference are so good and their staffs are so thorough in their scouting and that makes it doubly difficult, so they treasure every road kill. Michigan has been viewed by many as "not tough enough," either mentally or physically and when they lost their first game of the year, in Columbus, many felt their beliefs were justified. Afterall, the Wolverines had lost their last 21 road games to top ten teams (1996 at Duke). But they traveled to #9 Minnesota Thursday and handed the Gophers their first loss at the Barn this year behind leaders: Trey Burke (18) and Tim Hardaway (21). UM showed toughness, character and togetherness. They used the three days following the OSU loss to review film that showcased their weaknesses and they worked on their communication break-downs. It paid off, but what was most surprising was their lack of satisfaction with the victory. Following their fourth straight win at the Barn, they talked of building on the win and the need to stare down the in-game adversity they expect to face night in and night out. It is becoming a team that is comfortable with the conference battles it faces and even more at ease with the expectations it has for itself. Not one senior is in this teams consistent rotation, yet those senior bench warmers are never afraid to give instruction. That message is welcomed and incorporated by the starting underclassmen. It's unselfish and accoutable; it listens & learns and it has great chemistry. I don't know if they'll win the big ten let alone the national championship, but I know they have the makeup to contend for both, especially if they keep playing the way they did at Minnesota.