Kentucky and Wisconsin governors place friendly wager on Final Four outcome

Someone is winning big when Wisconsin faces the University of Kentucky in the Final Four round of play in the NCAA tournament Saturday.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear placed a friendly wager on the outcome of that game.

Gov. Beshear bet a Kentucky bourbon basket on a UK win. Walker promised a basket full of Wisconsin beer, brats and cheese on a badger win.

“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 Gov. Beshear.  “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!”

In turn Gov. Walker said he had no doubt he would enjoy Kentucky’s bourbon.

“The Badgers season has been un-BO-lievable,” Governor Walker said.  “With two great teams and great fan bases, this game will be one for record books.  Under the leadership of Coach Ryan and with the exceptional talent of all our players, the Badgers have the momentum and skills to tame the Kentucky Wildcats and move onto the final.  On Wisconsin and go Bucky!”

Kentucky’s basket will include Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Town Branch Bourbon.

“Kentucky has raised the bar in the NCAA Tournament, and this bet is proof that the Wildcats will keep the hardware – and the Bourbon – in the Bluegrass where it belongs,” said Eric Gregory, president of 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.

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