LOUISVILLE (March 26, 2012) – Saying he wanted to help “take the sting” out of a tough loss this Saturday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today presented a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon to Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. Fischer offered the bourbon at the regular meeting of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) board. The BEAM initiative is working to develop an economic vision to grow advanced manufacturing jobs in the region.“While it’s important for our two cities and region to work together to create new jobs and a stronger economy, we also enjoy our spirited competition in basketball and other sports,” Fischer said. “And since Mayor Gray is a good friend and colleague, I felt I must do something to help ease the pain of a UK loss on Saturday.”
Fischer said the bourbon was a gift that is appropriately symbolic of the BEAM initiative since it’s produced in Woodford County by Brown-Forman Corp. which is headquartered in Louisville.
The two mayors also made a friendly wager on the outcome of the game: If Kentucky wins Fischer will remain in New Orleans for the championship game and wear blue in support of the Wildcats. If Louisville wins, Gray will stay for the title contest and wear red.
The University of Louisville Cardinals and the University of Kentucky Wildcats will meet for in NCAA Final Four tournament action this Saturday in New Orleans, the first NCAA basketball duel between the two schools since 1984. The winner will play for the national championship Monday night.
Fischer said he’s proud of both schools, and despite UofL’s many injuries and late-season struggles, picked the two teams to meet in the Final Four in his March Madness brackets.
The city is working on plans for a community pep rally later this week.