OK I get that you don't like the standard YouTube embed process, so you use the long-form URL and "handle it yourself." Whatever.
However, one of the choices I have when I select the URL on youtube is to say "start after" and a number of seconds.
This doesn't seem to be supported ... The youtube parameter is &t=xx where xx is the number of seconds to skip.
So are you just passing the the & commands to youtube, and are they working?
The blog I need help with is wheelgun.wordpress.com.