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  • Battle of the Bourbon on Bourbon Street

    Mar 30, 2012 CATEGORIES: Final Four Louisville v Kentucky, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Bourbon, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Gentlemen

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky is known for horses, basketball, and bourbon.  And not necessarily in that order.

    For the first time in history both teams from the Bluegrass State, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, will meet in the Final Four.  This basketball match up between the CARDS and the CATS is as heated a rivalry as the football match up between Auburn and Alabama. Perhaps even more. In fact, one writer even calls it “deep fried hell.” as he depicts the history of this rivalry. 

    Just as nearly every other major sporting event finals this year, the NCAA Final Four is being played in New Orleans. (My sources say the city is currently bidding for the next Olympics and the 2013 Masters… ) In addition to the civil war that will be played on Saturday at  5:09pm CT, let us not forget about a little street that feels like home to every fan hailing from the great Commonwealth, Bourbon Street.

    Come Saturday evening, half of the Kentuckians who made the trip south will be weeping after a loss and the other half will be flamboyantly flaunting a victory. Thankfully, both fan bases will find common ground in the Big Easy where the name is all too comforting to a Kentuckian—the street of Bourbon.   What basketball divides, bourbon unites.  Wait. I actually don’t believe that at all.  That’s like saying a slab of ribs from Dreamland BBQ in Birmingham is going to be a nice band-aid post the Iron Bowl.   It’s just not going to happen.

    What is going to happen is a little bourbon showdown. Yes, I know, every team thinks they rule the roost when it comes to celebrating a win in N’awlins. And I know the locals think they’ve mastered Bourbon Street.  But as a belle who was raised on the brown drink in the Bluegrass, let me prepare you for the Commonwealth of Kentucky coming to town. Bourbon may be a street in your city, but we created it in the Commonwealth and y’all a’int seen nothing yet!

    Kentucky: Where we like our bourbon straight up with a touch of class

    Happy NCAA Final Four; go Commonwealth!


    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh