As much as I love to whine and moan here, I'm happy to say that by switching computers I was able to fix my weird HTML mistake in the Football Column Number Eleventy-One entry.
How? By doing exactly what the AOL Journals Editor said to do. No more. No less.
Getting rid of the bad HTML took less than a minute. My whining and complaining took hours. But I wouldn't trade those wasted moments for anything.
Meanwhile, thanks Jeff for your help.