Wichita State faces the tournament's overall #1seed, Louisville, on Saturday in Atlanta. This is WSU's first appearance in the Final Four since 1965.
The two mayors placed their bets during a Thursday phone call. Mayor Brewer is backing the Wichita State Shockers with a selection of top-quality Sterling Silver steaks, compliments from Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions. Mayor Fischer is countering with a fully-stocked bar of Kentucky bourbon.Mayor Brewer’s basket includes a selection of Cargill’s famed Sterling Silver premium filet mignon, New York strip and boneless ribeye steaks. A case of Brewer’s Best Bar-b-que Sauces (mild, hot and sweet) goes with the basket.
Mayor Brewer added the barbeque sauces as a mayor-to mayor gift to “take the sting” out of Louisville’s loss to Wichita State.
“I don’t want to leave Mayor Fischer disappointed and empty handed, so I will ship my barbeque sauce for him to enjoy," Mayor Brewer said.
The mayors made the friendly wager today over the telephone and both spoke with confidence regarding their team’s chances.
“I’m so confident of a Cardinal win that I’m willing to bet a fully-stocked bourbon bar on this critical game,” Fischer said.Fischer’s basket includes some of the state’s best-known brands -- Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Four Roses, Evan Williams and Town Branch. All those bourbons are stops on the famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a tour of the state’s seven signature distilleries. The basket also includes T-shirts, hats, bourbon candles and glasses and a silver flask.
Just to make sure Mayor Fischer understood the bet, the phone call ended with Council Members Pete Meitzner, Jeff Longwell and James Clendenin singing “You don’t want to go to war with the Shockers.”
Wichita State's Final Four game vs. Louisville tips off at 5:09 p.m. Saturday; live coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. Saturday on NewsRadio 1330 KNSS.