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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Penn State Upsets Michigan Part 1 -- Shep talks about Michigan losing to Penn State, for the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten win this season, and what it means for the rest of the season.
Penn State Upsets Michigan Part 2 -- Shep continues to talk about Penn State's upset over Michigan, and the team's lack of toughness going forward.
Michigan had more to play for than any team in the conference, maybe more than any team in the country and yet it wilted away at Penn State Wednesday, providing a euphoric celebration in Happy Valley and a massive burden in Ann Arbor that will lead to more specualtion and concern about this teams toughness. The Wolverines led by 15-points with 10.5 minutes to go at the Bryce Jordan Center-a place never known for its rambunctious crowds (attendance was listed at 8800, but more like five thousand) and yet couldn't seal the deal. This game was for more than just their 24th win or 11th conference win. It was to get within a game of Indiana for the Big Ten lead; it was for a chance to keep their conference title hopes alive; a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament and a possible top seed in Auburn Hills. You won't convince this team was looking past PSU and ahead to the MSU rematch Sunday because the coaching staff hammered home, through video clips and scouting reports, that this same Nittany Lions team shot 44% and out-rebounded UM, losing by just eight in Ann Arbor just ten days earlier. This team, or any, isn't good enough to look past any team in this league. On top of that, they watched collectively Minnesota upset top ranked Indiana the night before, opening the door for the possibility to grab a share of the conference crown. Now, this team will be forced to face the constant reminder of its most glaring wart-defensive toughness. Last night there were lapses in attention to detail. The younger players weren't listening enough in the huddles, nor were they listening to the veterans on the floor at the defensive end. Some will blame the stumble on youth, but at what point is a team no longer young? How many minutes do you need to play to get over that? How many games under your belt are needed before the challenge is no longer daunting? How many tough and hostile situations do you have to be in before you become comfortable? John Beilein and his staff screamed and prodded; encouraged and clapped; instructed and listened, but they can't play the game. The players have to have the "want to." Many fans get angry because Beilein doesn't stomp and scream during games. Not every coach is the same. Mike Montgomery of Cal and Notre Dame's Bryan Kelly showed the emotion and frustration on the sidelines by screaming and hollering and were ridiculed for it. The loss to Penn State was inexcusable and Michigan won't live it down unless they make a deep NCAA tournament run. That's a longshot according to many, if no other reason, because of the way this team has lost its focus during games of late. The Michigan coaching staff wrote this on its scouting report before the game at Penn State: "You Can't Win a Championship Today, but You Can Do What Champions Do," in other words, take care of business like you're supposed to. As a group they forgot that message or maybe just weren't listening closely enough.