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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Shep and Foolish give their weekend football predictions for the Lions vs Bucs game Sunday in Detroit. This is a game the Lions should win. The Bucs are 2-8. What can we expect from the Lions? Watch Shep's Take below.
Tampa's prediction from Tom Krasniqi at WDAE. Listen to Tampa's podcast below.
[PODCAST] Top 5 Keys To A Bucs Victory Against The Lions
Who do you agree with? Tampa makes several good points. Post your game prediction in the comments section!
[PODCAST] Foolish Fridays
Foolish from WJLB joins Shep to talk about the best one-on-one match-ups in sports, a group trying to eradicate the N-word in sports and the Prince Fielder trade.
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FLASHBACK: DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 26: (L-R) CEO and general manager Dave Dombrowski of the Detroit Tigers, Prince Fielder, and owner Mike Ilitch pose during a press conference annnouncing the signing of Fielder at Comerica Park on January 26, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/Getty Images)
[PODCAST] Bob Nightengale
Shep talks to USA Today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale about why Prince Fielder did not block the trade to the Texas Rangers, possible scenarios to fill first base and left field and if Fielder's comments in the ALCS had anything to do with the move.
[PODCAST] Jon Morosi
Shep talks to FOX Sports MLB Insider Jon Morosi about the Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler trade, the possibility of Kinsler playing third base and Kinsler joining a group of guys on the Tigers who are dying for that World Series title.
[PODCAST] Prince Fielder Traded
Shep talks about the blockbuster trade that sent Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler, what the trade means for Miguel Cabrera and the comments by Fielder that may have led to his departure.
The trading of Prince Fielder to Texas for three-time All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler will be widely applauded by Tigers fans.
It is greeted with great delight because there is no way any of us thought a team in baseball would absorb the outrageous contract of Fielder (7 years, $168 million). We conveniently forgot two years ago, not many ever thought the Tigers would be able to sign Fielder in the first place.
Sure the Tigers help the Rangers by paying $30 million of Fielder’s contract and, in exchange, get a quality player of need who can hit at the top of the lineup and put some pressure on the defense by posing as a stolen base threat. Fielder’s comments in the playoffs didn’t endear him to the fans, and the front office wasn’t real happy with them either.
You may think losses need to be forgotten and you move on, but you don’t say it following Game 6 of the ALDS. You may want to give credit to pitchers, but you don’t admit a good pitch is going to get you out.
At first blush, I really like this trade. I like it because it addresses a couple of needs for the Tigers. First, a really good defensive player, who can take away runs and help the pitching staff. Second, a player who generates runs in a different way than we’re used to seeing. Kinsler is a base-stealing threat, something this team desperately lacked. Third, he is a legitimate leadoff hitter, something the Tigers haven’t had in a long time. He strikes out less than Austin Jackson (59 for Kinsler to 129 for Jackson), gets on base more and grounds into fewer double plays (5 for Kinsler to 12 for Jackson).
Overall, I must reserve my final judgment on this deal because I need to see what the Tigers are going to do with the money saved, if they do anything at all. If all Dave Dombrowski can do is extend Miguel Cabrera and lock up Max Scherzer long term, I’m not sure I love the trade. The Tigers save $70+ million in salary in this trade and need help in the bullpen and left field. Will that money help shore up those areas?
There are still a lot of questions regarding the Tigers: Will Victor Martinez play first and Cabrera stay at third? Will Nick Castellanos move back to third base and Cabrera accept the assignment back to first? Who plays left field? Castellanos, or do they go out and spend free agent money on a guy like Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin Shoo Choo, Nate McLouth or Curtis Granderson? As many questions as this team faces, there is that much time left in the off-season to address the concerns.
This we know, President/General Manager Dave Dombrowski knows what is needed and how to go about it. He’s proven it over and over again in this town, and I trust he will do the same by the time his player’s report to Lakeland in February.
In 2010, ESPN produced this Sunday Night Baseball spot where Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler talk about making a fantasy baseball trade.
That's some pretty eerie foreshadowing right there...
Of course, the Detroit Tigers traded Prince Fielder and (reportedly) $30 million to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler.