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] Lions End Streak in Washington 9-23-13
Shep talks about the Detroit Lions first win ever in Washington D.C., Matthew Stafford's great game and the emergence of running back Joique Bell.
It's difficult with the Lions, but we have to keep each week in perspective. We couldn't get too high after the opening week win against the Vikings and we sure couldn't over-react to the loss in Arizona. It's alright to be upset and disappointed, but games in Week One or Two aren't going to make or break a season.
Perhaps the Week Three game in Washington might have set the tone for this club though. Perhaps their last scoring drive was the statement fans have been waiting for and maybe the 4th-and-one conversion was the play most Lions fans will remember when the season comes to a conclusion.
Look, so many are looking for a sign that would force them to believe the Lions have shed the monicker, "same old Lions." Winning for the first time in Washington helps shed that label. Delivering a late knockout drive and getting it into the end zone rather than settling for a field goal attempt does that. And converting a late fourth down rather than kicking a field goal might change people's opinion.
Matthew Stafford was awesome, spreading the ball around and squeezing it into tight windows and, more importantly, battling through in-game challenges and adversity. Players told me the Redskins played a defense that they had never shown before and the Lions had no "pictures" from their sidelines, so the adjustment needed to be quick and decisive. He did that. He spread the wealth with Nate Burleson having his best game, Calvin Johnson being himself and Joique Bell making the most of his first career start. Lost in some of this is the steady play of the offensive line that faced a "bear" defense for the first and beat them up.
We haven't even reached the quarter pole in the NFL season and it's tough to get a read on this team, but I don't think it's the same old Lions because they have talent. What they're missing is consistency, but last week's win gives them and us something on which to build.
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