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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[PODCAST] Billups Return
Shep talks about Chauncey Billups returning to the Detroit Pistons, and wonders if a trade might be in the team's future.
[PODCAST] Greg Kelser
Shep interviews Greg Kelser, Detroit Pistons television analyst, about Chauncey Billups returning to Detroit Pistons and Rasheed Wallace joining the coaching staff.
Chauncey Billups is back with the Pistons on a two-year deal (club option on the second year). To some, that's great news because it creates that desired link to the championship-contending golden days and a few more opportunities to scream Mr. Big Shot! To others it's a waste of a roster spot and money. I am trying to be patient with this decision, hoping Joe Dumars has another move in the works. He currently has six guards on his roster, if you think Khris Middleton is a shooting guard, and that's too many.
This club needs guys who can shoot the basketball. They don't have anyone who keeps defenses honest. Sorry but Brandon Knight, Kentavious Caldwell Pope, Kyle Singler and Luigi Detome...they of a combined 223 total NBA games played....don't create that fear or concern for opposing coaches yet. If all people view Billups as is a "coach on the floor" to mentor Knight, then they could have offered him an assistant coaching gig and maybe a suit deal with a local retailer and saved the roster spot and salary.
This move is further indication that this team doesn't know what to do with Brandon Knight. In an off-season with so much promise, Dumars has been able to land Josh Smith and assumingly play him out of position at small forward, bring in Rasheed Wallace as an assistant coach and now 36-year old Chauncey Billups, who has played 42 games the last two years, to battle Will Bynum for backup point guard duties. Not exactly something that renews the faith of a passionate fan base.
When Dumars introduced Smith Wednesday he said he hopes Smith would lure other free agent players to Detroit. I sure hope this isn't what he had in mind.