* And yet I have a headache reading, tweeting, texting and listening to everyone complain about every last facet of this improbable win.
* Calm down. You have about 800 words to go. Don't have a heart attack. Your readers will be honked off. They seem to like your ridiculous notes columns.
* First, let me turn off the TV. It's the Pompeani show and everyone's calling in and complaining.
* If you would've told me Ben Roethlisberger would've been carted off the field early in the second half at St. Louis, I would've told you there was no way the Steelers would win.
* And yet here they sit at 2-1 with the Baltimore Ravens coming up Thursday night. It will be the sixth Ravens game with Roethlisberger sidelined. The Steelers won only one of the previous five, 23-20, in 2012.
* The Ravens won the other four by exactly three points, so you might want to revert to those old-school parlay cards and call this one a lock at either team minus three.
* Not to make light of Roethlisberger's injury. My guess from my desk here in Irwin, Pa., is that it's an MCL injury and the Steelers don't want to give that news out until they have it confirmed by an MRI. Team doctors usually know at this point, so I'm guessing the news is good, relative to being out for the season with an ACL.
* Not to get anyone's hopes up.
* I don't think it was a dirty hit. I wrote the same after Kimo von Oelhoffen took out Carson Palmer back in 2005 so I'll remain consistent. The man was just crawling and trying to do his job.
* But it should've been flagged.
* That's Ben Roethlisberger. Why would they throw a flag?
* Yes, good point, voice in my head.
* I thought Le'Veon Bell should've been scheduled for a lesser workload, but once Roethlisberger went down I was all in on giving the great back the ball and seeing if they could win it old-school style.
* I also have no problem with their two-point conversion attempt. Yes, it seemed as if it could've come back to bite them in the butt, but the thinking going in is that they'll hit on more than 50 percent of those and the math will work itself out. No, I have no quibble with that bit.
* Was the fire on the turf a bad omen? I don't know. I didn't feel it at the time. It just seemed like more indoor football stupidity.
* The worry over the chemicals left on the field from the fire extinguisher was a bit much. I mean, it's being argued that the mulched tires spread all over the field are causing blood cancers.
* At least in soccer goalies. As you might know, that means something to me, father of a high school goalie. The coach who's compiling the data and attempting to force the EPA to take a second look at the research told me she's also found seven former NFL players who've been stricken.
* But make a big show of cleaning up a little spot. That's our NFL.
* That's our society.
* Stephon Tuitt got the early sack, but I think in my notebook next to his name I wrote the words "coverage sack."
* That can't be, can it?
* Oh, it be.
* I know the words written during the Rams' next possession are correct: Kendricks drop on third-and-2.
* I know so, because "Kendricks drop" is written throughout.
* It's also written on this unfortunate day that Roethlisberger was getting all kinds of time. Of course, there's always a second half to the story.
* Levitating Bell hurdled Trumaine Johnson, in case you didn't believe what you just saw.
* Levitating then got low enough a few plays later to carry 326 -pound Michael Brockers over the goal line for the game's only touchdown.
* Imagine all of the second-guessing Jeff Fisher would be hearing if the good people of St. Louis actually cared about football. The fake punt on fourth-and-3 from the Pittsburgh 48 wasn't as bad as the actual punt on fourth-and-6 from the Pittsburgh 42. On the latter, the Rams placekicker could've hit a 59-yarder if they didn't want to go for it. Punting was the worst option. Punting into the end zone turned it into a debacle.
* Every time I watch Ross Cockrell, I see him all over his man and breaking up passes. The guy looks like a great find out of the Buffalo dumpster.
* Kelvin Beachum has had better ends of halves. He was called for two penalties on first-down gains that set the Steelers back at the start of drives that bore no fruit.
* Bore no fruit? You couldn't find a better way to put that? No, no, no, don't go back. Just keep writing. Put a wrap on this nonsense.
* Maybe it's not the whining that's giving me this headache. Maybe it's this voice in my head.
* Anyway, Beachum gave up a sack on the final first-down play of the half, but his second half was better.
* Antonio Brown caught all 11 passes for 108 yards from Roethlisberger, none from Michael Vick. So, yes, Brown's production and all of his streaks are in danger without Roethlisberger. But he'll still be a threat.
* On third-and-13 early in the second half, Brown caught a three-yard pass and broke a tackle. He then cut back to force a second guy to fall down. Brown stiff-armed a third guy and carried him past the stick for a first down. Sheer greatness.
* The pass interference call on Antwon Blake may have technically been correct, but the punishment (34 yards) most definitely did not fit the crime.
* Yes, there was a bit of hand fighting, but just because he didn't look back for the ball does not mean it was pass interference. That's a college call.
* Will Allen not only made the interception that sealed the win, he stopped two receivers short of the stick on a pair of earlier third-and-short passes.
* When Allen intercepted that deep ball to the tight end, I know it was Lawrence Timmons running down the seam in coverage but I couldn't help but think of Jack Lambert. This cover-2 stuff is messing with my head.
* You would blame me. Idiot.