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] Ndamukong Suh’s Low Hit
Shep talks about Ndamukong Suh's low hit on Viking center John Sullivan, the possibility of the NFL suspending him and why he's drawing comparisons to the Pistons' Bad Boys and Red Wings' Bruise Brothers.
While it's easy for fans and members of the media to reprimand Ndamukong Suh for his illegal hit on Vikings center John Sullivan Sunday, I don't think it makes him dirty and I don't think it necessarily means he should be suspended.
I expect Suh to get hit with a fine ($50,000 or so), but I don't think he will, or should, receive a suspension. I don't think his penalty was any worse than a chop block or what I've seen some defensive backs do to receivers/running backs who break free into the secondary. It's tough to change the missile mid-flight.
The bottom line is Suh carries a label with him and we are quicker to judge his actions than, let's say, Geno Atkins. I felt the play was illegal and selfish. Sullivan was seven yards from DeAndre Levy when the penalty was committed. A 300-pound center isn't going to catch a linebacker. BUT that's easy for me to say.
Players are taught to play to the whistle and who am I to suggest Suh "give up" on a play. We can't expect players to set aside their instincts that have made them so good at their craft. No one can expect him to look at the No. 65 and immediately process Sullivan's 40-yard dash time, and deduct whether or not he can catch Levy. But I CAN expect Suh to play a smarter brand of football while still keeping the "edge" that seperates him from others at his position.
Suh plays fierce and physical on the side of the football that requires such traits. In Detroit, we embraced the Bad Boys of Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer and the Bruise Brothers of Bob Probert and Joey Kocur, and yet Suh is perceived as a guy "you don't want." Why? He is one of the best in the game at his position and he plays with the same attitude of a Dick Butkus, Joe Greene or Ronnie Lott.
I want him to be smarter and more disciplined, but I also understand he has different instincts as a player at a very violent position. I'm not making excuses for his play Sunday and, honestly, I might feel differently had that play cost the Lions a win, but I know this team can't afford to lose it's best players.
Suh is this team's best defensive player and one of its top three players overall. I want him on my team, with the understanding that there will be consequences if he doesn't play a smarter brand of ball.
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