Toon fans still haunted by relegation ghosts
Newcastle United actually invented the term "12 point cushion" back in 1996 which was of course the advantage they had over Man United in the title race a dozen years ago.
Now after being publicly undressed by Man U again at St James's Park, 12 points is actually what they need to stay in the Premier League.
Kevin Keegan admitted that's what they need and didn't shirk away from the fact Newcastle are in deep trouble.
History shows you cannot rely on other teams to keep getting results and the most successful survivors in the Premier League have always been teams who do their side of the bargain as well.
In fairness to KK - who is still the right man for this job - he has inherited a team with confidence at rock bottom and a team of players who are possibly traumatised by Big Sam's odd tactics that were basically based round a posh version of Championship Manager in the ProZone system.
Allardyce's haul of 26 points in the first half of the season isn't looking too bad at the moment to be honest and it looks like ironically they will be the points that save Newcastle.
With 11 games to go the only way out of it for Newcastle is in Keegan's own words: "Four wins or three wins and three draws."
Failure to do that means we are heading back to the Championship - simple as that.
It means that Blackburn on Saturday becomes the biggest game of the season and those "home bankers" with Reading, Fulham and Sunderland the key to staying up.
Don't even look at the away fixture list, it's terrifying and will only cause you nightmares.
People who were saying "we're too good to go down" aren't saying too much now and anybody who has tasted relegation knows that there is simply no such thing as Forest, Leeds and Blackburn fans will tell you.
It's actually the worst thing you could think.
The reality is Newcastle's 13th place position is fake and two more defeats pushes them into the thick of things especially if those below start picking up points.
This reminds me of a couple of scenarios in our Premier League history.
Firstly in 1999 when Sir Bobby took over with Newcastle second bottom of the table.
But back then there was plenty of games to get out of it and that's what happened with arguably a poorer but Alan Shearer inspired team.
Secondly in 1998 when Newcastle went into the game with Barnsley late in the season needing to win the six pointer on a day when Shearer saved the team again.
It would be easy to say we miss Shearer but the truth is the current team has nobody anywhere near as influential.
Nobody has told the fat lady to get warmed up just yet but if we don't win soon an appearance could just be in the post.
Battered, bruised and worried are all words that describe my current state of mind.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?