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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Danica Patrick showed some good hockey skills at the Chicago Blackhawks game last night, and looked good doing it. In between periods, fans got the opportunity to try and score from center ice, and Patrick scored. We never realized how small she was until now, too.
It seems like every other week, we get a video that claims to have be the "greatest." But this one may take the cake.
The soccer pass, off the backboard alley-oop from Pat the Roc to G. Smith at the CRL Good Life Foundation Game scored a perfect 50. You be the judge.
The NHL playoffs begin tonight and the Red Wings have reached the tournament for a 22nd consecutive year and begin their quest for a 12th Stanley Cup in Anaheim as a seven seed.
I don't know how long this playoff run will last for the Wings, but I do believe it's one of the more satisfying regular seasons, albeit too short, in recent memory. With the lockout taking away 34 games, I needed something to prevent my anger and frustration from going too far. This Red Wings team did that. The youth on this club has a ton of talent and promise and I am convinved it can continue the playoff tradition set decades/generations ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching "kids" like Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith, and Danny DeKeyser grow on the blue line. I believe guys like Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner have a solid future with this team.
As much as anything else, my belief in Jimmy Howard has been reinforced. He has been as important to his team as any other player in the league. Howard was in the top eight in wins, goals against, save percentage and shutouts (#1), but maybe more importantly, he was the best player in the league when the Wings needed him most. Detroit closed the year on a four game roll and Howard went 4-0, had a save percentage of 95%, a goals against average of 0.75 and a pair of shutouts. There is no question this team needs to address its lack of scoring, but defensively and in net this team is set to carry on the tradition in Hockeytown: play an entertaining brand of hockey that keeps them in the Stanley Cup conversation every season.
Shane Battier received a truckload of Bud Light, 1,100 cases to be exact, for being loyal to the brand.
After a regular season game in March, he told the media he didn't want to switch up the brand of beer he drinks because it might bring bad luck. "Well, I try to drink the same beer - Bud Light - but that's about it. You never know. I don't want to chance luck and switch up brands, so I'm staying loyal to Bud Light," he said.
Is this the type of guy who needs a truckload of free beer?!
Don Cherry is in some hot water after his Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada veered to the topic of gender equality. Cherry stuck up for "his friend" Duncan Keith, who was criticized after suggesting Vancouver reporter Karen Thompson should be a "female referee."
Cherry then said that women should not be allowed in a men's locker room, and co-host Ron MacLean's reaction was priceless. What do you think?
Skip forward to the 2:23 mark for the debate.
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