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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As much as I enjoy following the Lions (insert joke here), I love watching football, especially well-executed football. The Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos are incredibly entertaining because of how efficient they are, and how much pressure they put on every level of the defense.
Manning threw for 462 yards and an NFL record-tying seven touchdowns Thursday night. Only six other quarterbacks have ever thrown for seven scores in a game, but no one has done it since Joe Kapp in 1969. He carved up the Baltimore defense for 302 yards and five scores in the second half alone! He is the second quarterback ever to throw for seven TDs and NO interceptions in a game (Y.A. Tittle 1962); he's now tied Brett Favre for more games (23) with four touchdowns or more in a game; and he's tied Drew Brees with at least seven games of five touchdowns or more.
Kansas City quarterbacks threw for eight touchdowns all of last season. EIGHT! And Manning has almost equaled that in Week 1. Tim Tebow threw seven in his last 19 games. Manning equaled that in the first game of the season. Manning now has 443 career touchdown passes, second most all-time and 65 behind Brett Favre.
There is always the debate on who the best quarterback of all-time is, and it's a great discussion. I don't know if Manning is the answer, but I can say this confidently: he's the best regular season quarterback I've ever seen. I love watching him orchestrate his offense and move the team, almost at will, down field. He demands perfection from himself and his receivers. He is an artist, composer, commander, teacher, and coach rolled into one.
You can make cases for Joe Montana (#1 on my list), Johnny Unitas, John Elway, or Tom Brady, but Manning's mind, if not his skill, puts him squarely in the middle of the discussion. He will only add to his eye-popping numbers this year and next. Unfortunately for him, he MUST win the Super Bowl this year for the season to be considered a success. That's a lot of pressure, but Manning and the other greats are used to it. He's responded well through Week 1, but no one will make a final determination on his season, and maybe even his career, until February.