Kentucky governor bets bevy of booze Wildcats whoop Wisconsin
APR 01, 2014 10:54p ET
After a rough season that failed to meet up to lofty preseason expectations, few expected the Kentucky Wildcats to make much of a run in the tournament.
One fan who apparently never gave up hope -- other than this guy, of course, -- is Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.
According to a report in the Courier-Journal, Beshear is so confident his Wildcats will oust the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday that he has wagered to give a load of Kentucky's finest export -- bourbon -- to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker should Kentucky fall. And not just a bottle or two, we're talking a whole boatload of bourbon -- "a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar," according to Beshear -- from several of the Bluegrass State's fine purveyors of barrel-aged whiskey.
According to the report, the Kentucky bourbon basket, created by the Kentucky Distillers' Association from half of a Maker's Mark barrel, includes Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Town Branch along with bourbon-related glassware and apparel.
Yowza! That's quite a haul.
Meanwhile, alcohol is apparently going to the winner either way in this wager, as Walker is also betting three Wisconsin staples: beer, bratwursts and cheese.
"The Badgers season has been un-BO-lievable," Walker said in a press release. "With two great teams and great fan bases, this game will be one for the 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!"