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Thursday, November 1, 2007
The bye week

By Steven Jackson

The bye week! It's finally here, and I'm stuck rehabbing … yet again. My back is going to be fine. I have two full weeks to get the bulging disc under control, and I'll be ready for the Saints. To be honest, it gets a little tiring to keep writing "I'll be fine" and "I'll be back" every week, so instead, just read Ms. Bell's excellent injury column here, and we can all move on to something much more fun and enjoyable:

2007's bye week.

It's an interesting thing, the bye. I mean, we get a little free time just to relax, and kind of mentally hit "reset" to rest up a little, see the family, maybe go on a quick trip. Last year, I went to New York for a couple days, then flew back to Vegas to spend some time with my family. After weeks of taking hits, going hard against defenders, sitting in meetings and running through practices, it was amazingly -- and ironically -- cathartic to sit in the middle of the busiest city in the world and just have a little fun for a couple days. It was also kind of cool to walk through all the people on the streets. I never had the urge to throw a blocker in front of me and take some of the slow walkers out, but I can see how other people might be tempted.

So what am I doing this year? I'm here in St. Louis, rehabbing. No New York for me. My relaxation is going to come in the form of a couple books, I think. In fact, want to know what's on the Steven Jackson reading list? I recently read "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown (the guy who wrote "The Da Vinci Code") and then Barack Obama's book, "Dreams From My Father." I think Barack Obama is an extremely impressive and intelligent man. Both were great reads, and I highly recommend either to the ESPN-reading public. So move over, Oprah; The Steven Jackson Book Club is now in full effect!

So now that you know what I like to read, how about a little Greek mythology. More specifically, the Greek goddess of victory, whose name was -- and I'm not making this up -- Nike. She seems to have some sort of vendetta against me and my teammates so far this year! We keep trying, and pushing, and going out there every week to get that win, but it just seems like Nike isn't having it. But after a week of rest, we hope to change that.

Here's what I can tell you -- in that locker room, nobody is giving up. I know it's easy to envision a group of guys who are 0-8 and just throwing their hands up in the air and saying, "I quit," but that's not how it is with the Rams. Quarterback Marc Bulger came back, I came back; we're trying. Maybe this week off is exactly what we needed. There are still eight games left, remember. Just last year, the Giants made it into the playoffs at 8-8. And we did it back in 2004. Hope is not completely lost in the Rams organization.

Have a great bye week, everyone, and get me back in your lineups next week!


Rams running back Steven Jackson is a weekly contributor to Fantasy.