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] Phil Wins British Open
Shep talks about Phil Mickelson winning the British Open at Muirfield, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott choking on Sunday, and where Tiger Woods and Mickelson now rank all-time.
In sports we too often associate the word "toughness" with guys who have bulging biceps and knock the opponent into the third row of a stadium. We need to remind ourselves that mental fortitude is just as important in sports as physical toughness. Phil Mickelson is a perfect example of how much mental strength an athlete needs to have in order to win.
It's more than what he put on display in Scotland, in the 142nd playing of the British Open this past weekend. It's the fact that he overcame so many odds to accomplish the feat. He won it on a course that wasn't condusive to his style of play, and he did it after the most demoralizing defeat of his Hall of Fame career. A little more than a month ago (June 16), people were writing the disbelief they felt when Mickelson, on his 43rd birthday and on his 22nd attempt, failed to secure the U.S. Open. It was the major he wanted most and yet the one that has frustratingly eluded him more than any other. He carded a four-over, 74 at Merion and closed two shots back of champion Justin Rose for his record sixth runner-up finish.
Most athletes would let that disappointment linger, thus affecting their future performances. Think about it. Golf, more than any other game, is a test of mind over matter. Mickelson didn't let the U.S. Open failure get to him. Instead, he took a vacation with his family to Montana then won the Scottish Open.
He battled through demons during his four round trek at Muirfield. It wasn't a coast-to-coast victory. He wasn't considered a heavy favorite before the tournament because the British Open requires a more bump and run and patient golf game, something Mickelson has never been known to possess. He is a more lofty, fire at the pin, go-for-broke type of guy. He trailed 1st round leader Zach Johnson by three strokes after Thursday, then stumbled to a 74 on Friday and seemingly out of the running. His 72 on Saturday left him five off the pace and left even more doubt, but Mickelson believed he could shoot in the 60's Sunday and make a push toward the Claret Jug. And he did, staging one of the greatest final round comebacks in major championship history.
Mickelson is three-quarters home to winning all four majors, something only five golfers have ever done. I don't know if he'll ever win a U.S. Open (next year is at Pinehurst), but I know this: just because he plays golf instead of a non-contact sport doesn't mean he isn't intense; just because he smiles a lot and gives competitors a thumbs up when they hit a nice shot doesn't mean he isn't competitive; and just because he isn't ripped or doesn't stare down opponents doesn't mean he isn't tough. He proved that Sunday.a