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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One of the more enjoyable things about hosting a daily radio show is the knowledge you can impart on others, but also the perspective they in turn can give you. I was proud of a recent blog I wrote to cover 15 of the finest seasons by a Detroit athlete under the age of 25. There were some incredible accomplishments worth noting, but I glaringly missed one. It's season that would arguably rank in the top three in this cities history and it took listener Ray from Eastpointe to point it out. He wrote, "Shep, by the time this player was 25 he had already done the following: Over 1300 hits; led the league 5 times in Hits; led the league 5 time in average; led the league 4 times in RBIs; won 3 pennants; won a triple crown, and already hit. 400 twice. Yes it's Ty Cobb. Why is he always left off every top 10 list when he should be on everyone?" It's a great question and I have to call myself out. Ty Cobb's season in 1911 was incredible. He was just 24-years young and he collected career high's in hits (248), runs (147), doubles (47), triples (24), total bases, slugging and average (.420)...all of which led the league. He also swiped 83 bases and was named league MVP. His batting average was the 11th best for a single season in MLB history and his hits that season are the 8th most ever in baseball history. Too often I complain of people outside Detroit forgetting our past greats, including Cobb. When asked of the greatest ever in baseball, people use names like Ruth, Williams, DiMaggio, Mantle and Mays because the masses view Cobb as a racist or a dirty player who tried to hurt people on the field of play. He was one of the greatest to ever play and an original member of the Hall of Fame and I am ashamed I failed to acknowledge his great season by not including on the list.