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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On November 30, Ohio State and Michigan will take the field at the Big House in Ann Arbor. The kickoff will, as usual, be at 12:00 noon. One major difference, though, is that Ohio State will be wearing all-white Nike Pro Combat jerseys.
Ohio State’s pro combat jerseys for the Michigan game? pic.twitter.com/idbB4Faq0F— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) November 18, 2013
The jerseys were leaked on Monday, and were confirmed by the school on Tuesday morning.
Ohio State makes it official, announces all-white Nike Pro Combat jerseys for the Michigan game that leaked yesterday.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) November 19, 2013
What do you think about the jerseys?
The Carolina Panthers beat the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, in a very interesting game. I think it's fair to say the Panthers are a legitimate contender in the NFC, winners of six straight games.
But the Monday night game did not end without controversy.
So this is how the Patriots-Panthers game ended. pic.twitter.com/37e5G5WhbE— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) November 19, 2013
Initially, the referee in the back of the endzone threw a flag. But the officials ended up picking up the flag that would have given the Patriots one more play from the 1-yard-line.
Check out the GIFs here, on Larry Brown Sports.
After listening to Lions head coach Jim Schwartz after Sunday's disappointing loss in Pittsburgh, I can't help but wonder how we perceive the Lions.
I don't mean the typical, boring and uncreative "Same Old Lions" tag. I mean, do you view this team as aggressive? Schwartz said in a frustrating tone, "you can say whatever you want about me, but don't say I'm scared, 'cause we ain't. This team is going to be aggressive." Do you view the Lions as an offensively aggressive team? I'm not sure that is how this team is characterized.
I think there is a difference between being aggressive and tricky. If you wanted to be aggressive then keep your best players out there and take your chances on fourth down with Johnson, Stafford, Bush and Pettigrew. If this team is so "aggressive," why are they taking a knee with about :40 left in the first half against the Bengals, while still possessing two timeouts? If they're so aggressive, why are they targeting Calvin Johnson, the best wide receiver on the planet, just three times in the second half?
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said his team "didn't change their second half scheme against Johnson at all." He said "it might just have been what the Lions didn't do." How is that aggressive? Remember, the Lions coaches and players are the ones who constantly remind us that Johnson is "always open," and he's "never really covered."
More than one Lions player hinted that Detroit took their foot off the gas in the second half, or, as DeAndre Levy said, "put the game in cruise control." That's laughable. What has this team accomplished to have that mindset? How is that even possible when there is a half of football to be played? No team in this league should be playing all-out, all-game more than the Lions, considering what they've been through, what this city has gone through and how their window of opportunity is presented (it's best players are in their prime).
Look, this game wasn't necessarily lost on the fake field goal. The ensuing 97-yard Steelers touchdown drive, spear-headed by a 3rd & 9 conversion from their own 3-yard-line, was as blatant a dagger as any single play in the game. There were terribly missed throws by Matthew Stafford, numerous costly drops and poor coverage, in addition to the questionable coaching decisions.
It added up to a bad loss to a sub-par Pittsburgh Steelers team. It's the reason so many Lions fans are afraid to go "all in" with this team. If this team resembles any of the past, it's that they are not trustworthy.
And that might be the biggest letdown of it all.
[PODCAST] Lions Lose in Pittsburgh
Shep talks about the Detroit Lions losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jim Schwartz's fake field goal call and Calvin Johnson getting shutout in the second half.
The Pistons lost to the Lakers 114-99 to end their West Coast road trip 1-3. They're now 3-6 on the season, and are perceived as one of the biggest disappointments early in this NBA season.
But they do have one of the best highlights of the season: Brandon Jennings' off-the-backboard alley-oop to Andre Drummond.
Michael Jordan was promoting the new NBA 2K14, and was asked to pick the five guys that would make up his ultimate pickup team.
Not surprisingly, MJ picked himself. He also picked his former Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen, James Worthy, Magic Johnson and Hakeem Olajuwon.
So we decided to have some fun with this scenario. Shep picked Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon. Nick picked John Stockton, Reggie Miller, LeBron James, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Who is on your team?
Shep talks about Michael Jordan's best pickup team, gives his own entry and takes your suggestions. Some guys focused more on toughness, while others wanted a scorer in every spot.