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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The game in East Lansing Tuesday night was the best game I've seen all year. Incredible passion in the stands and an even more intense display of will and fight to be the best on the floor between two of the best teams in college basketball. Indiana now has the two most impressive wins in the conference and maybe in the country. They won at Ohio State and at Breslin. Granted, Wisconsin won in Bloomington earlier this year and that was a hell of an accomplishment, but IU's win at OSU was after the Hoosiers had blown a 20-point lead at Illinois and lost on the final play. It took great fortitude and mental toughness to go into Value City Arena in their next game and literally beat up a solid Buckeyes team. The win at Breslin last night speaks for itself-the Hoosiers hadn't won there since 1991 and MSU hadn't lost a home game all year. The question I struggle with though is whether or not it's a bad loss for State. Intitally I would say no way. They lost to the best team in the country and it was a close one. But then I remind myself it's Michigan State. They have set a very high standard and were ranked fourth in the country. It was a home game. It was probably more important for them than IU, or at least, there was less room for error with MSU than Indiana (just because of the remaining schedule). And finally, and most importantly, the Spartans led by four with 90-seconds left. Those are the games MSU usually closes out-especially at home. Remember when Michigan lost at Wisconsin in overtime and everyone called it a bad loss because of "how they lost." Indiana blew a 20-point lead in Champagne and lost on the final play and that was considered a bad loss because, again, how they lost. Well, MSU allowed IU to finish on a 9-1 run and missed big free throws to extend a lead or extend the game....at home! How is that any different? Look, the loss by State doesn't change my opinion about them. They are still one of the best teams in the country and I wouldn't be surprised (I actually expect it) if they earn a one seed, but they should have won that game and looking back, it will probably be the one that will cost them a conference regular season title. I am sure they will bounce back, but after blowing a late lead at home, it will be the one they think about for a long time-or at least until they're dancing.