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New Shaq Nickname: Blackie Bulger?

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According to the Boston Herald, Shaquille O’Neal has recently started calling himself “Blackie Bulger: The Godfather of Sudbury” after hearing about notorious mobster Whitey Bulger, who is allegedly still on the run across the world.

He has since decided against continuing to go by Blackie Bulger, out of respect for Whitey’s victims’ families.

“I’m not sure how those families would look at that,’’ he said. “That’s why I’m not going to call myself that anymore. I don’t want them to think the wrong thing.’’

Shaq remains interested in Boston culture, and like it or not, Bulger and organized crime are all apart of the history of the Hub. He has maintained an interest in organized crime, and recently purchased “Street Soldier: My life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Irish Mob’’ by former Bulger thug Edward MacKenzie Jr.

A good friend of Jack Nicholson, Shaq saw one of Jack’s best films, “The Departed,” and since that time, he has been interested in learning more.


Sure, Shaq dropped the nickname out of respect for victims’ families, but I think more out of respect for anyone that may be offended by the nickname: whether it be racially sensitive people, African Americans, people with good taste, etc. Shaq is a smart man, and knows better than to mess up his good standing with the Boston people before he takes the court for a regular season game.

As long as Shaq delivers on his promise and helps the Celtics win their 18th (and maybe 19th) NBA Title, then all is forgiven.

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9 comments for “New Shaq Nickname: Blackie Bulger?”

  1. I still prefer Tommy Heinsohn’s nickname of the Big Plug better.

    Posted by John | October 19, 2010, 11:29 am
  2. Blackie Bulger!!! Omg, I love it.

    Its definately a nickname that might catch on.

    Posted by Ty | October 19, 2010, 12:38 pm
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  4. I read Street Soldier by Ed Mackenzie when it came out. this book is very interesting in the way Ed describes the crimes Whitey Ford has committed in Boston and the surrounding states. Families have been destroyed because of this guy and he is still at large. When Shaq reads his book he will realize this was a wrong name to take on. “Shaq I got your Back”, By your change of heart I know that people told you about Bulger’s history. Ed changed and his brother changed for the good. Read “Street Soldiers” and you will learn what organized crime does to families. “Shaq, keep on keeping on…” we make mistakes then we press-on.

    Posted by dj reggiereg | October 21, 2010, 2:19 pm
  5. Yah, I liked the nickname at first but upon reflection Shaq can do better than naming himself after a serial killer.

    Shaq the Zodiac O’Neal…mmmm nahhh

    Although Sons of Sam Horn have done quite well despite the similarity to Son of Sam

    Posted by DanPitrowiski | October 21, 2010, 5:16 pm
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