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Sep 9, 2015

From Commentators to Celebrities

But in Canada, the outcome of the game was overshadowed by Lodrick Sheppard and Clarence Shepherd, the duo known as Mad Bull and Maestro. Even before the game concluded on Tuesday night, Facebook and twitter were blowing up with reviews about their commentary. The two sportscasters for Channel Five became overnight sensations in Canada and the football world and all day today, they were being sought by the Canadian media. According to one tweet, “My roommates usually hate Canada games. Right now they are watching super intently, all due to Maestro.” While a headline read, Mad and Maestro steal show. Earlier today, we caught up with Mad Bull, who many people will not know is the deputy mayor of the Orange Walk Town Council.


Lodrick “Mad Bull” Sheppard

Lodrick “Mad Bull” Sheppard, Commentator

“It started off at second form at Technical High School, I was in second form. I noted that I had a talent to announce a game or probably different games, different sporting games. My first one was basketball at the East Sports Center; from there, I drifted off to horse racing. Bob Lightburn was the first one that introduced me to horse racing in Burrell Boom. Then from there I went to football. I did some games for different radio stations and then I went back to basketball. There is where I met Maestro Shepherd, Clarence Shepherd, and we both did basketball games for quite a while. So it is just my God-given talent; it is not something that I do often, but it just comes natural. Well we were doing some basketball games for Channel Five in the NEBL Basketball Tournament and there is where these guys saw that we were good enough to announce. But again, when it comes to football, football is not my professionalism when it comes to announcing. It is basically horse racing and basketball, but I knew I could have done football and use my speed. The voice that I use is a fast talking and it adapts to the sport as well because remember football is basically, we know it as the Spanish commentators do a better job than the English one. One of the things, we were kinda disappointing in the first game that we announced on Friday night. So we talked to each other and said we have to do a better job in describing the plays to play and describing how the actual game is being played. So we did a little history and when we went back, it is just our voice and the intensity of how we announced that sparked up the game. Just like when we are doing a basketball game, we are using that style to make it into a football game and that’s the reason why probably they have never heard an English commentator doing a game at a faster pace. So it was just the way how we did it Belizean style and that’s why they loved it. I smile and I love it. It is great to know that people outside listen and hear you and they give you that big props because not everybody love what we do. you might have some negative people who say that these guys are not good, they don’t know what they are doing, they miss names. But like I said, we don’t do this for a professional job. I am a cable technician, I work at the town council as a deputy mayor; these are the things that I do. Yes I have a passion for sports; my original job when it comes to sports is organizing games. But announcing….they want to hear me much better they can go to Burrell Boom on the thirteenth of September and they are going to hear me do the real deal, the horse racing and probably when basketball starts, they will hear me then.”


Mad Bull’s co-host, Maestro, today was back in the classrooms and we’ll catch up with him at another time. 

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