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Cris Collinsworth reveals he never heard of the Boston accent until he took a duck boat tour

Alex Reimer
October 23, 2017 - 9:25 am

Cris Collinsworth remains one of the better analysts in sports when he’s breaking down plays and discussing X’s and O’s. But when the conversation drifts away from the field, he often reveals himself to be blissfully unaware of the world around him.

The latest example came in the fourth quarter of the Patriots 23-7 win over the Falcons Sunday night. Before a play early in the period, Collinsworth was regaling the audience with a tale from his experience on the Boston Duck Boat Tour. Apparently the veteran broadcaster, who’s been on this earth for 58 years and visited Boston countless times, had never heard a Boston accent until he was making his way around the city with tourists bearing fanny packs.

“You know what I learned on the duck tour? I took it once. It was pretty cool. In Boston, they don’t pronounce their R’s. It’s ‘pahk the cah,’ Collinsworth announced.

Al Michaels, his partner, seemed to be struggling with what Collinsworth had said. “You found that out on the duck boat?” he asked. 

“Yeah,” Collinsworth said proudly.

Collinsworth says he puts in 12-14 hours of film study each day before calling his weekly game on Sunday night. The man appears to live in a football cocoon, not even allowing common knowledge to seep into his brain. 

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