There is both school and state pride on the line during Monday night’s NCAA Men’s National Championship game between Kentucky and UConn. In anticipation of the big showdown, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear placed a friendly bet.
As you would expect with anything Bluegrass State, the wager is heavy on the alcohol. Beshear went big for the title game, throwing in Kentucky’s finest lineup of bourbon. Malloy, on the other hand, is ponying up with a broader taste of what Connecticut has to offer.
Gov. Malloy will bet Connecticut wine, beer and chocolate for a Huskies victory, while Gov. Beshear is wagering a fully-stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the Wildcats will win.
The wine Governor Malloy is wagering comes from Jones Family Farms in Shelton, the beer from Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, and the chocolate is from Munson’s, Connecticut’s largest retail chocolate manufacturer.
The Kentucky bourbon basket – created from 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, Town Branch, Willett, Old Pogue, Michter’s and Corsair Bourbon. The barrel also will include barware, glasses, apparel and accessories to conduct a priceless bourbon tasting.
Both governors are confident that they’ll be raking in the spoils as the victors.
“The UConn men, led by Coach Kevin Ollie, are in the midst of an amazing season, and our whole state is behind them for the win,” Governor Malloy said. “The Wildcats are a formidable team, but I am confident that the Huskies will bring home another championship title.”
“The Wildcats are having an unbelievable tournament, with another remarkable win in their Final Four game against Wisconsin Saturday night,” Governor Beshear said. “The Wildcats’ momentum will continue tonight and carry them past UConn, to UK’s ninth NCAA men’s basketball championship. Governor Malloy is a terrific governor and friend, but come Tuesday morning, he will be shipping his wager to Bourbon and Wildcat Country!”
Come Monday night, one state will be celebrating a title, while the other will be left licking its wounds and packing up the winning prize.