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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CLEVELAND (AP) — An apparent game-tying homer by Oakland's Adam Rosales was ruled a double by umpires in the ninth inning, and the Cleveland Indians held on to beat the Athletics 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Rosales sent a drive off Indians closer Chris Perez that looked as if it cleared the left field wall. However, second base umpire Angel Hernandez called it a double, and the crew concurred after leaving the field to review the videotape.
When the umpires returned and told Rosales to stay at second, A's manager Bob Melvin sprinted onto the field and was immediately ejected.
TV replays appeared to show the ball cleared the yellow stripe and hit a metal railing above the 19-foot high wall.
Perez wound up loading the bases before getting the final out as the Indians won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana homered for Cleveland.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
[PODCAST] Lions Draft Flops -- Shep talks about the draft picks by the Detroit Lions that turned into flops, and their bad luck with injured players.
"There was never supposed to be a video. Matt Kemp's uncommon act of kindness was never supposed to go farther than an ailing boy, his dad and the baseball star.
And yet when Kemp awakened Tuesday morning, 36 hours afterward, his phone told him otherwise. The video was everywhere."
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[PODCAST] Wings Tie Series -- Shep talks about the Game 4 overtime victory by the Detroit Red Wings, including the youth movement through players like Gustav Nyquist and Damien Brunner.
I'm not so fooled by the Red Wings first round grit to think this team can win it all, but the experience this young team is gaining should serve them well for years to come.
When The Wings won game four on Joe Louis ice 3-2 in overtime the team had four rookies on the ice during the game winning goal: Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Damien Brunner, and Brian Lashoff. Every rookie I spoke with after the game talked about how much more comfortable these playoff games are becoming to play in; how they feel like they belong; and how the game has slowed down for them. They also frequently talk about the veteran leadership that has allowed the younger players to grow. Brendan Smith told me Todd Bertuzzi was a calming and reassuring influence during the second intermission. Bertuzzi was also seen on the ice instructing Nyquist during a timeout.
The Red Wings have that balance of youth and veteran presence that may not pay off this post season, but should pay off down the road. For me, it's been fun to see these younger players grow. I understand they're going to make some mistakes, but they've given us an idea of how they can bounce back and respond to the various adversity they've faced. That youthful exhuberance may have pushed the veterans through a tough time or two already in these four games.
I remember a story told by Wayne Gretzky where he and Kevin Lowe walked by the Islanders locker room after New York had won the Cup in 1983 for the fourth straight year. Gretzky and Lowe thought they would hear jubilation and celebration, but instead they saw how tired and physically spent Mike Bossy and company were. Gretzky said he and Lowe then realized just how much they must sacrifice to win the championship.
I'd love to see it become easier now that Detroit and Anaheim has come down to the best two of three, but it won't. The Ducks will come out harder and stronger tomorrow night. This is the next curve in the learning lesson. The Wings must match that level of intensity and play with the sense of urgency that preopelled them to the game four series equalizer. If they don't, the lesson learned won't be able to be implemented until the next playoff season rather than the next playoff game.
"Things are always tense when archrivals face off. When the teams are competing for a state title, the tension is even more pronounced. Yet that doesn’t excuse what happened at the conclusion of the Florida state water polo championship match between traditional rivals Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) and Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit School."
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