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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If nothing else, this years Super Bowl will allow us to argue and compare what is really important in the game. Sure the attention will be on the Harbaugh brothers mostly and Ray Lewis' last game, but we can dive into deeper discussion on a number of other things; a number of cliche's. "Defense wins championships." Both these teams are so very good on that side of the ball-it is what has propelled them here, and yet the quarterbacks are the one's who have stolen the show in the post season. Colin Kaepernick rushed for 182 yards and threw for 263 yards against Green Bay and calmly directed a second half comeback in Atlanta....a "read-option" quarterback who possesses and displays drop-back sharpness. Joe Flacco, questioned ever since he came out of Deleware, making big plays while outdueling the #1 pick in Andrew Luck, a 4-time MVP in Peyton Manning, and a 3-time Super Bowl champ in Tom Brady. Flacco threw eight touchdowns this post season and no interceptions; he's won eight playoff games since when he was drafted in 2008 (Brady has won 3). "You have get hot at the right time." I suppose that still rings true, but the Niners never won more than two games in a row during the season and as good as Baltimore has looked in the playoffs, the Ravens dropped four of their last five heading into post season play. "You need a strong running game." The Niners prove this point, ranking fourth in the league during the regular season and tops in the playoffs. The Ravens were a top ten rushing club during the regular campaign, but are mediocre at best in terms of yards per attempt in post season play, yet they own the best passing offense in the playoffs. What this game will prove is the same that Super Bowls have proven in the past, like the Colts winning with a suspect defense, the Giants "backing their way in" before getting on a roll or the Packers hoisting the trophy despite a bad rushing offense: that there are exceptions to just about every rule.