Whitey Bulger!

Organized crime figure and convicted murderer James “Whitey” Bulger met a pretty unpleasant end yesterday, at the age of 89! Bulger became a sort of cult figure, for all his years on the run eluding capture, and the numerous mob flicks based at least in part on his life, most notably Black Mass starring Johnny Depp from 2015, but also Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello character in 2006’s Best Picture winner The Departed. Part of his appeal to the wider consuming populace is his story of not only being a mob boss but also his time as a mob informant, by which he was able to further his criminal career. Amazing work! Bad end!

I don’t normally comment on how someone dies in this space – as usually I prefer focusing on their lives, good or bad, and the ending is rarely relevant. However, it’s not too often we have points awarded on murders – the only other time I can immediately remember is Benazir Bhutto in 2007, and the circumstances with that were very different from this – political assassination vs. prison shanking. Are there other people I’m missing, that you can think of? How do we feel about this? It makes the whole thing a little less palatable, I think, in an enterprise I think some would deem odious to begin with. It’s bound to happen from time to time, but do you find it overly objectionable? I thought it was fair to ask – I don’t want to just assume everyone is cool with however this all is run, no matter the manner points get awarded.

Capone nabs his tenth death and reaches his career high for points in a season with 354, further cementing his place in second, and keeping him in general shooting distance of first. He scored 156 points in a three week span only two months ago, don’t forget! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!


2 Responses to “Whitey Bulger!”

  1. Ryan Schofield Says:

    I’d be cool with literally anything that gets me one single godforsaken point right now.

    I’ve hired Hue Jackson Bc at least he won 3 games in 3 years. I’ll try anything.


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