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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Too often we jump to conclusions in today's sports world. I think we're too quick to crown the best team or best player; we're too fast to label "the next best" in whatever we see (see Golden State head coach Mark Jackson). Maybe it's because we want to be part of an era where we can actually say we saw the best. A lot of people today can't say they saw Willie Mays or Ted Williams or Hank Aaron or Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb so we want to brag that we witnessed the best ever.
I am not one of those people, so when I suggest that Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter I've ever seen, I say it with great respect and appreciation for the hitters I've been fortunate to watch over my lifetime. Guys like George Brett, Pete Rose, Tony Gwynn, Rod Carew, Paul Molitor and Wade Boggs. I have never seen a guy who hits so well to all fields with so much power. I've never watched a guy "square the ball so well" consistently. I can't imagine trying to develop a game plan to get him out. He's hitting .402 against fastballs, .299 with two strikes on him (the league average is .194); he just passed the great Hank Greenberg on the all time home runs list; and he has a legitimate chance to join Rogers Hornsby (1922, 1925) and Ted Williams (1942, 1947) as the only players to win multiple triple crowns.
Last year, after 42 games, Cabrera had a line of .304/.362/.488 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. This year, after the same number of games, he’s hitting .387/.457/.659 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs and is only one home run away from sitting atop all three categories. He leads the MAJORS in batting average and RBIs as well as in OPS, OPS+, total bases and hits and also leads the AL in runs scored. Alex Avila called Cabrera, "our era's Ted Williams." That's how good he is. He's also one of just 15 players ever to hit 330 homers before his 31st birthday.
The Tigers hitting history is rich with guys like Cobb, Greenberg, Heillman, Crawford, Kaline and Trammell, but of those players that I ever saw play, no one does the things that Miguel Cabrera can do. I hope we in Detroit are appreciating his skills and talents because there have been too many times where we've envied other baseball markets for their superstars and now the table is reversed and everyone else wishes they had ours. Feels good doesn't it.
The Red Wings are known to usually kick around a soccer ball before home games at Joe Louis Arena. Well Gustav Nyquist might not want to play next time.
Teammate, and line mate, Damien Brunner threw the ball at Nyquist's groin/midsection, and it was a direct hit.
Nyquist got the last laugh of the night, though, with this sick goal that started the scoring in Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
[PODCAST] Cabrera Goes Off -- Shep talks about Miguel Cabrera's three home run performance against the Texas Rangers, and the disappointing showing from the pitching staff.
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Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III made his wedding registry public to all of his fans, and as expected, he was bought most of the things on the list.
So let me get this straight. A franchise quarterback, who recently signed a 4-year, $21 million contract, had all of his adoring fans buy him wedding gifts? In RG3's defense, he tweeted this out to the haters: "I didn't ask the fans to buy me anything. They found it on their own and decided to get what they could. SMH at all these Debbie downers."
However, that was after he tweeted a picture of all of his presents. By the way, if you want to buy him something, here's the Bed, Bath & Beyond registry.
Thank you to the Fans who are helping buy ALL the items from our wedding registry at Bed Bath & Beyond … say.ly/MLw5Rbg— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 19, 2013
If there was one thing that was mildly entertaining about last night's Tigers' loss, it would be Ian Kinsler's slide into third base. The second baseman face-planted en route to the Rangers smashing of the Tigers. The pitching duel between Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish was very one-sided, but at least we had a laugh along the way.