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 latest baseball "scandal" that involves Biogenisis and close to 20 players being investigated for taking performance-enhancing drugs is another dirty mark against the game.
I don't know how long steroids have been around, but if started during the 60's or 90's it shouldn't matter. It's unethical and today, at least, it's illegal. I wonder why baseball can't clean up its sport. Why don't other sports have these types of issues.
Remember when the Tim Donaghy/referee betting scandal in the NBA surfaced in 2008, and people openly wonderedhow infectious that truly was? Jimmy Battista, a professional gambler, claimed he was working 13 referees in 2008 to fix games. The NBA for the most part has been able to get over that scandal and get back to the "product on the floor." Major League Baseball hasn't been able to do that primarily because everyone who follows the game knows the league turned a blind eye to the acne-covered backs and powerball numbers that were being produced by Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds on a yearly basis.
Instead, it promoted how McGuire and Sosa "saved baseball" with their 1998 home run duel. Major League Baseball didn't grow suspicious when Brady Anderson hit 50 in 1996, even though he had never hit more than 21 prior, and never more than 24 after. In other words, no one believes the league and its watch dogs, because they, like the players themselves who are doping, are out for their own best interest ... making money. Bud Selig and the owners will have a hard time convincing the masses that they care about the integrity of the game when Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are so "scared and deterred" from cheating that they are willing to get caught twice and face a 100-game suspension. It's embarassing that America's pasttime is loaded with unethical and immoral cheating swines.
Don't argue that everyone is doing it, so what's the big deal. My guess is those who grew up in the 70's had an issue with the East German women's swimming team winning the gold medal by doping. I'm sure you were pissed to find out Ben Johnson took steroids and won the gold medal in 1988 or that 14-year-old Danny Almonte helped his New York team win the Little League World Series in 2001 in a 12-year-old division. Cheating is cheating, and if you have an issue with a politician cheating on his taxes and gettting away with it or someone in your office cheating on a sales contest but winning that big prize, you should have an issue with what is taking place far too often in baseball.
It's unfortunate that more people seem to have a problem with a recording artist lip-syncing a song than they do with an athlete cheating his way to records. Maybe that's sports or maybe that's just baseball, if it is then I don't want much to do with it anymore.
[PODCAST] Biogenesis Scandal P1 -- Shep talks about the recent biogenesis scandal that accused Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta of dealing with clinic owner Tony Bosch.
[PODCAST] Biogenesis Scandal P2 -- Shep continues to talk about the biogenesis scandal, including what should be done to prevent players from using performance-enhancing drugs.
[PODCAST] Biogenesis Scandal P3 -- Shep wraps up the talk about Tony Bosch's biogenesis clinic that could lead to MLB players facing 100 game suspensions.