Saskatchewan not named after sasquatches, residents insist
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:58PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:05AM EST
Saskatchewanians are eager to correct the record after an NBA announcer insisted Wednesday that their province is named for its abundance of sasquatches.
The Fox Sports announcer made the comment while pointing out that Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles is the first person from the province to play in the NBA.
“That region’s known for being home to a lot of sasquatches,” the announcer said, adding, "that's what it's named after."
For the record, Saskatchewan comes from a Cree word for “swift flowing river.”
And as Manitoba sasquatch expert Chris Rutkowski points out, there are far fewer bigfoot sightings in the Land of the Living Skies than other regions like the Pacific Northwest.
Washington has had the most of any state or province, with 617, according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Association. British Columbia has had the most in Canada, 130. Saskatchewan has had a mere seven.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall laughed when he heard the news. “We might have more Elvis sightings,” he said.
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere also found it amusing, but saw an upside: “Now we’re going have a bunch of people that are going to come here wanting to see the sasquatch.”
Saskatchewan Tourism’s Aviva Kohen seemed more annoyed by the other things the Fox Sports announcer rattled off about her province, including that it’s cold and flat.
“That’s a myth I run into quite a bit in marketing and a myth I try to dispel.”
With reports from CTV Regina’s Dale Hunter and CTV National Manitoba Bureau Chief Jill Macyshon