Beshear bets with Michigan, Connecticut governors on U of L games

April 08, 2013 | | Comments 0

Gov. Steve Beshear


FRANKFORT — Gov.Steve Beshear is betting Kentucky bourbon and country ham that the University of Louisville Cardinals basketball teams will bring home two national titles this week.

He also has declared this week “Louisville Cardinals Championship Week” in the state.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the U of L men’s and women’s teams. Not only are they playing phenomenal basketball, but they sure look like they’re having fun. Everyone knows that basketball is a big deal in Kentucky, and having both teams in the title games is incredibly special,” Beshear said in a statement.

Louisville plays Michigan Monday night in the men’s final in Atlanta.

Beshear bet a selection of Kentucky Bourbon Trail bourbons to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder‘s cherry pie in his friendly wager on that game. The bourbon selection includes one bottle each of Woodford Reserve, Four Roses Single Barrel, Wild Turkey 101, Evan Williams Single Barrel, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam Black and Town Branch.

Beshear put up a Kentucky country ham in his bet with Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut. The Lady Cards take on UConn in the women’s championship Tuesday night in New Orleans.

If the Cardinals win, Malloy will send a basket of Connecticut fruits, vegetables and candies to Frankfort.

“Louisville Cardinals Championship Week” begins Monday in Kentucky, and Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians to wear red in support of the teams.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is betting a Meacham country ham from Union County against Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s “Pure Michigan” gourmet basket in the men’s championship game.

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