Politicians Getting In On Cats/Cards Showdown

Mar 27, 2014

The two congressmen who represent the districts that are home to UK and U of L have placed a friendly wager on Friday night's game.

Kentucky Congressmen John Yarmuth and Andy Barr have a wager on this week's Sweet 16 Cats/Cards showdown.
Kentucky Congressmen John Yarmuth and Andy Barr have a wager on this week's Sweet 16 Cats/Cards showdown.

Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville and Republican Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington said Wednesday they are wagering locally distilled Kentucky bourbon on Friday night's Sweet 16 game between the two schools, whose teams also happen to be the two most recent NCAA champions.

In a news release from Yarmuth's office, Barr said he expects the Kentucky Wildcats to win the game since they beat Louisville earlier in the season. Yarmuth, however, points out the Cardinals' leading stats and coach Rick Pitino's undefeated Sweet 16 record.

Meanwhile,  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has declared it a Big Blue Wildcat Weekend.

He is encouraging fans to show their support by wearing blue Friday through Sunday.   

Kentucky Governor has declared Friday "Blue and Red Day" across the commonwealth.

“March Madness is truly living up to its name here in the Bluegrass State,” said Gov. Beshear in a news release. 

“This Friday, intra-state rivals UK and UofL are matching up to play one of the most anticipated games of the NCAA tournament so far.  In Kentucky, this means there will be heated divide between fans of both teams—one that can pit neighbors, friends and even families against each other.  To honor the teams’ talents and fans’ passion, I’m proclaiming Friday as ‘Blue and Red Day’ in the Commonwealth. Best of luck to the Cats and the Cards on a great game!”