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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How do you measure a quarterback's worth? Is it based on wins or stats? Or both? For many fans it depends. People in Baltimore wondered aloud if Joe Flacco could lead his team to a Super Bowl before this season. They were never wowed by his personal statistics and they were unimpressed with his wins because they always felt the team was built around its defense and running game. Since Joe Flacco entered the league out of Deleware in 2008 there have been 22 AFC quarterbacks voted to the Pro Bowl, but he has never packed for Hawaii. Flacco has never thrown for the same type of yardage as Drew Brees or even Matthew Stafford; he's never thrown the number of touchdowns as a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but he's done something no one has ever done: guided his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons and won at least one post season game in each of his first five years. He's never thrown for more than 3,817 yards in a single season, which ranked 14th in the league and he's never tossed more than 25 touchdowns in a single year, which ranked 10th during that 2010 campaign. But he's won 63 games since coming into the NFL....more than anybody else...and that's what really matters most isn't it. Flacco stands to make a ton of money and those who say he's not worth it will state his mediocre stats, but they can't deny the most important thing quarterbacks are known for: victories and titles. Flacco has been in three conference championships in six years; has as many super bowl rings as Manning, Brees and Rodgers and as many super bowl mvp's as those future hall of famers. We also should remember he's never missed a game and there is something to be said for durability. I don't think Flacco is the best in the league, but his timing couldn't be any better for a new deal. He'll get paid like a top five qb in this league because he has WON like one.