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Blog: Thanksgiving for Butler family now includes some Georgia Tech flavor

Patrick Sugar just didn’t marry into a Georgia family. He married into one with deep Bulldogs ties.

The Georgia Tech graduate exchanged vows with Scarlett Butler in late August, a week before Georgia began this season agains Boise State.

Scarlett’s father is former Georgia All-American kicker Kevin Butler. Her brother is Drew Butler, the Bulldogs’ senior punter who was also an All-American.

“At the rehearsal party, they had a half Tech and half Georgia cake,” Drew Butler said. “Obviously I only stuck to the red and black side for sure.”

Kicker Blair Walsh laughed when he said that his reaction to Butler’s sister marrying a Tech man was “that’s unfortunate. They’re happy, so that’s all that matters.”

Patrick, an engineer for General Mills, told his brother-in-law after his final home game Saturday against Kentucky that he would see him Thursday for the family Thanksgiving meal.

“I don’t know if we’ll be talking too much during Thanksgiving dinner,” Butler said.

Butler, from Duluth, has no doubt which rival is numero uno on his list.

“Personally for me Georgia Tech is No. 1 and it always has been and always will be,” Butler said. “I just can’t stand Georgia Tech. Obviously I’ve got family ties to them now. If you grow up in Atlanta, you understand that and I think some of the players at Georgia Tech would say the same thing about us. That’s exactly what it is. It’s called Clean Old Fashioned Hate. I think it’s one of the best rivalries in college football.”

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