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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Red Wings Take Game 4
[PODCAST] P1 -- Shep talks about the Red Wings Game 4 victory over the Blackhawks, including Jimmy Howard's second career playoff shutout.
[PODCAST] P2 -- Shep continues to talk about last night's Red Wings game that puts the Blackhawks on the brink of elimination, including the team's efforts to rattle Chicago captain Jonathan Toews.
[PODCAST] P3 -- Shep wraps up the discussion on Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena and how the young players have developed in the organization. Plus, Shep takes you inside the locker room with star goalie Jimmy Howard.
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[PODCAST] Foolish Fridays
Foolish from WJLB joins Shep to talk about where LeBron James ranks among the all-time greats and one ESPN anchor's outrageous comparison to the Red Wings.
Former Tiger Brandon Inge showed up to last night's game in full Pittsburgh Penguins uniform, supporting his city's hockey team.
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May 23, 2013
By the way, Inge and the red hot Pittsburgh Pirates will be in town for a two game series at Comerica Park on Monday and Tuesday. Then, the two teams travel to PNC Park for two more games.
Will you be cheering or booing him?
Tigers fans are in a frenzy. They are freaking out about their marquee player, Justin Verlander. For the last two years they have rushed to the gates or TV hoping to watch him throw, or at least flirt with, a no-hitter. They were convinced he would at least go six innings each time he toed the slab. After all, Verlander had thrown 63 consecutive games of making it through six innings of work. We rarely witnessed him get "knocked around." We saw him as immortal by baseball pitching standards.
This year, Verlander has been more human than we can ever remember. Already four times this year Verlander has failed to make it past the fifth, including three straight. On Wednesday in Cleveland he gave up five runs on 10 hits, allowed five singles, a double and two runs in the first two innings....in a place where he has historically struggled (7-10 with a 5.38 ERA going into the game). He also needed 110 pitches to labor through the outing, but that doesn't mean there is a reason to over-react.
The game of baseball is all about struggles. Every player goes through it...from Hank Aaron to Nolan Ryan to Miguel Cabrera to Justin Verlander. Look at some of the greatest pitchers in history and you'll find a time when they scuffled. As a 28-year old Randy Johnson went 12-14 with a 3.77 ERA. Roger Clemens had a 4.46 ERA and an 11-14 record when he was 30, and Steve Carlton was a mediocre 15-14 with a 3.56 ERA at the same age. Plus, from the age of 28 through 30, the Hall of Famer was 44-47 with an ERA of about 3.60. Now, I know his teams weren't very good then so the wins are deceiving, but the fact remains the best in the game all struggle.
The metal and greatness of those players is how they handle the adversity and how they handle the struggles. I agree there is something wrong with Verlander...it may be a tweak or it may be bigger than that, but I know he's a competitor and I am supremely confident he will return to form soon. This actually might be good for him and us. We can appreciate just how difficult the game of baseball truly is even though he sometimes makes it look easier than it is.
[PODCAST] JV vs Nolan Ryan
Shep talks about someone's thoughts that Justin Verlander is aiming to break Nolan Ryan's records, and some of the untouchable baseball records.
[PODCAST] Tigers Win in Rain
Shep talks about the Tigers beating the Indians in a rain delayed game, plus Justin Verlander's continued struggles. When do you start to worry?
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[PODCAST] Just a Kid
Shep talks about the baseball sign for parents that is circulating on the Internet, plus shares his story where he could have been a better dad.
This is a sign that faces the parents for them to read before their child's games. It's something that we should all read more often, and should appear at every youth sports field in America.