An ESPN Love Story

The Hartford Courant traces how Scott Burton wound up on the west side of town with a talented wife and young son.

In 2013, ESPN The Magazine executive editor Scott Burton (pictured) moved with his wife, Nicole Blades, and young son to West Hartford, Connecticut. Over the weekend, the couple’s lovely personal history got some nice ink in The Hartford Courant.

Burton and Blades met at ESPN’s New York office in 2003, when both were working there. She has since moved on to novel writing and a two-book deal, while he tells freelancer M.A.C. Lynch that the longer commute to Bristol is something he actually is grateful for, as it affords him some critical decompress time. From the article:

In December [2014], Scott asked Nicole if she wanted to join him at a holiday party. She suggested that they bring sugar cookies.

Scott came to her apartment with a recipe he found online, and while mixing, rolling and decorating cookies they began to talk about their lives. They took the cookies to the party and continued talking until the sun rose. Two days later, when they left to celebrate Christmas with their families, they each knew they had found their partner for life.

“I declared boldly my everlasting love for her” in a letter mailed to her house, Scott says.

“He mailed the letter in a Christmas card. … I was completely melted,” Nicole says. “I still keep it in my drawer.”

There’s plenty more in in contributor M.A.C. Lynch’s feature, including some funny details about Scott’s July 2005 marriage proposal. They tied the knot in the fall of the following year.
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