The Hull City Project: Hull City 1, Newcastle 1

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On the heels of their win at Fulham, yours truly and the rest of the Hull City Faithful were hoping to pick up a home victory on Saturday over one of the EPL's greatest underachievers, the Geordies (Newcastle United). Alas, my Tigers have not proven to be much of a home threat in this, their first season in the Premiership…and all they could muster was one point from a draw. Still, keeping Newcastle beneath them helps the Tigers in their quest to finish in the Top 17. Here's what showed up in my facebook inbox this morning, from my buddy/correspondent, Charlie Mullan of the Hull Daily Mail.

Well Jeff,

29 down, 9 to go.

The spirit in the City camp will be good after the 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Newcastle on Saturday. Spirit has been the word of the week around the KC Stadium after the Hull Daily Mail got a medium to the ground to exorcise any negative spirits that might be lurking around the stadium. Father Karras and Father Merrin weren't available so it was left to a local medium to try and lift the supposed curse hanging over the six-year-old stadium. It wasn't as if the Tigers were showing the sort of unusual behavior that led many to worry about 12-year-old Regan McNeil in William Friedkin's 1973 classic movie The Exorcist, but it had been three months since the Tigers' last win at the KC. Was it the curse of Jeff Bradley? After nine minutes it looked as though medium Patrick Hutchinson's work had done the trick, as he gave City a 1-0 lead. But an equalizer just before the break spoiled the day. A draw keeps City four points clear of the drop, but a win would have taken them another step closer to safety. Let's hope the movie of City's first season in the premier League doesn't end with a priest administering City's last rites.