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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There are certain philosophies in sports that we cling to and that's part of what makes sports debates so intriguing and passionate. One of those came about Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin when Michigan lost to the Badgers in overtime. The Wolverines led by three with 2.4-seconds remaining and they chose not to guard the inbound pass, allowing Mike Bruesewitz to find a sprinting Ben Brust in stride and throw in a 42-foot halfcourt prayer to force the extra session. Michigan head coach John Beilein instructed his team to foul on the catch, knowing they had two fouls to give, but freshman Caris Levert didn't do that and the rest is Badgers basketball history. I am suprised at the number of basketball-knowledgeable people I know who want to blame the coach. You can blame the coach for not guarding Bruesewitz and that's fine-that makes for great debate, but to blame him for having Levert in the game, or even blame him for the freshman not carrying out the game plan is ignorant and uneducated. You play your best five defensive players at the end of the game like that and Levert is, arguably, their best on-ball defensive player. He was specifically told to foul on the catch. He was also told, as was every player, in film, walk-thru and in the timeout huddles, to "press" on Ben Brust because of the junior's ability to score three's (he had 48 on the year and was the 11th best three point shooter in the league). But Levert didn't do that either on Brust's overtime triple that put Wisconsin up for good. You can tell a player to do something, but eventually that player HAS to do it. You don't know if he'll succeed or fail until he actually does one or the other. Levert has been put in games late for the same reason he was put in Saturday and succeeded and no one ever criticized the move and yet they want to now. Those are the same people who might have watched a handful of UM games this year. Look, Levert is at fault, but he was worried about fouling Brust and putting him at the line for three and of course then every fan out there would have been screaming, "why foul a guy 40-plus feet from the basket, make him hit the shot...what are the chances?" Had Brust missed the halfcourt heave, people in Wisconsin might have been screaming he had more time to get the shot away-why take it so quickly? It's easy to do all of this as we sit on a coach or in our favorite lounge chair. It's more challenging when the play is occurring and you have a split second to decide.
[PODCAST]: UM-MSU PREVIEW 2-11-13
Shep talks about the upcoming Michigan-Michigan State basketball game in East Lansing, and looks back at the Wolverines’ loss at Wisconsin.