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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Whether he's on the NFL Network or at Tigers Spring Training, recent NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp can't stop talking about the Lions Ndamukong Suh. Sapp recently told Detroit media members that Suh "has to be the catalyst" to the Lions bouncing back this season. He says, "If he is playing, then everybody goes with him. You have no choice." I don't disagre, although I would say Matthew Sattord is at least equally as important to a turn around. But Sapp can't let an opportunity go by without taking his shot at Suh either saying, "I haven't seen the kid getting better." Look, we have all been critical of Suh when needed. He was probably seen as the messiah way too early after having a pro bowl season in 2010, just like he may have been overly criticized in his second year when we focused more on his unprofessional antics than his play on the field. He bounced back last year to put up decent numbers and "seemingly" behaved himself on the field as well. Can he get better? No doubt. And I don't doubt that Warren Sapp sees that. His football-knowledgeable eye is more sophisticated than most, but he seems to go out of his way to be critical of Suh. He is constantly suggesting Suh watch tape with him and if Suh doesn't accept the invitation, then he's in the wrong. Recently, Sapp was quoted, "I have plenty of tape for you (Suh) to look at if you want to sit down and talk the game." If Suh really wanted too then I'm sure he would have called by now. I think Warren Sapp is offended that Suh doesn't take advantage of the offer and because of that, the personal shots have steam-rolled. I think Warren Sapp knows today's defensive lineman are limited on who can they reach out to. They're not going to call up Joe Greene or Randy White or Bob Lilly or even Howie Long (all better than Sapp imo), so maybe they'll come calling Sapp and because Suh hasn't taken advantage of it, Sapp is pissed off. Again, understanding it's about more than numbers and respecting Sapp's knowledge, is Ndamukong Suh really that mediocre or far from Sapp's first three years of production? Both had 22 sacks total in their first three years and only six tackles seperate the two by the time they reached 25 years old. Suh's tackles have gone done in each of his first three, but Lions coaches will tell you he was extremely effective last season, despite just 25 tackles (8 sacks). I'm not suggesting Sapp can't help Suh be a better player. I'm sure he can, but I think it's also important to note that he's a young player and we shouldn't rush to judge him yet, afterall, Sapp's numbers greatly digressed in his fourth year. Admittedly, I have not been the biggest fan of Suh. I think he's been standoffish and I think he makes it difficult to get to know him. I think the national media mean more to him than us local hacks. But so what. His job is to play football and not make my job easier. Three years ago, all I heard was the Lions need more players like Suh; to play with his attitude and anger. Now, we're searching for ways to cut him down. We are so quick in our sports society to label players and compare guys to all-time greats that we forget there is a learning curve and some need time to grow. This could be the case with Ndamukong Suh.