Beshear makes bet with Wisconsin governor on NCAA game

April 01, 2014 | | Comments 0

Gov. Steve Beshear

Gov. Steve Beshear


FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear did not get expanded gambling in this year’s legislative session, but that has not stopped him from making a friendly wager with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.

Beshear bet a fully-stocked Kentucky Bourbon barrel basket that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win; Scott wagered a Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a Wisconsin Badgers victory.

“The Wildcats are playing their best basketball of the year, and they’ve already taken out three of last year’s Final Four teams,” said Beshear in a news release. “It will be a real treat to see these fantastic coaches, John Calipari and Bo Ryan, go head-to-head, but Kentucky clearly has the edge over the Badgers. We’ll look forward to grilling those Wisconsin brats after the Kentucky win on Saturday. Go Cats!”

However, Walker said the Badgers “have the momentum and skills to tame the Kentucky Wildcats and move onto the final.”

“The Badgers season has been un-BO-lievable,” Walker said. “With two great teams and great fan bases, this game will be one for record books.”

The Kentucky bourbon basket – created out of a half-barrel from Maker’s Mark – will include some of the state’s best premium Bourbon brands – Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Town Branch Bourbon.

The barrel also will include bar ware, glasses, apparel and accessories to conduct a Bourbon tasting. The basket is provided by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

The Cats will tip off against the Badgers on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. EST at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

–Jack Brammer

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