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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At the Super Bowl you get a lot of ex-players because they have played in the big game and because a lot of them are now associated with telelvision or radio networks. They roam free to talk with any media member they wish and they'll use that as a pulpit to preach their beliefs about whatever direction the interviewer wishes to go. Such was the case recently for Warren Sapp, Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino and Kurt Warner. Sapp was baited about Ndamukong Suh and the Lions hiring of defensive assistant Jim Washburn. Sapp said of the former Eagles DL coach that he doesn't know him but he's heard Washburn "leaves something to be desired." Sapp makes this statement admittedly without ever meeting or knowing the man. Washburn's act may have worn thin in Philly, but he helped the Eagles lead the NFL with 50 sacks in 2011 and he helped the Titans set records in sacks. He was instrumental in the success of Jason Babin at both Tennessee and Philadelphia and he helped Trent Cole, Kyle VandenBosch, Javon Kearse and Albert Haynesworth have career seasons. Kearse set a rookie sack record (14.5) and made three pro bowls. KVB made three pro bowls under his guidance and Babin signed a huge contract because of his numbers with Washburn as his mentor. I don't know if he's the right fit, but I can understand why Jim Schwartz hired him. Schwartz needs to win this year and he needs more production up front and Washburn has proven to get results. Saap took his usualy shot at Suh, but it sounds to me he's bitter because Suh is a priemere defensive linemen in the league who won't bow at the altar of Warren Sapp and call him to ask for advice. I also think Sapp remains upset at the Lions for firing Rod Marinelli, one of his staunch supporters and mentors while they were in Tampa together. The quarterbacks I've mentioned all were asked about Matthew Stafford and all echoed the same message, "he can be great if given some support." He wasn't as good as he needed to be this year and he deserves to be criticized for some of his reads, throws, and misakes, but he is still the best quarterback this franchise has ever had, who needs what all "great" qb's need: an above average offensive line and a decent running game that can give the offense balance. We've lost sight of that and sometimes it takes out-of-towners, who study the position and study this teams flaws to make us remember what we have and what we truly need.