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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Props to the O-line

By Steven Jackson
Special to ESPN.com

You know what I love? Starting these columns with "Ahhhh." As in, "Ahhhh … Christmas time." It's just so relaxing, and fun, and really just … nice. Between all the injuries and rehab I've had, it's just enjoyable for me to look forward to a nice little celebration with friends and family, where I'm not getting hit by linebackers or safeties.

I know a lot of you are reading this, maybe having some shopping Web sites open in another window, thinking to yourselves, "What does Steven Jackson have on his Christmas list?" Well, without giving too much away, here's a quick rundown:

In 2006, I bought everyone on the O-line and all the tight ends some nice watches. And I didn't do it for just all the first-stringers and Pro Bowlers; second-stringers, backups, they all got the watches. I gained more yards from scrimmage than any other player in the NFL, and I thought they deserved the timepieces. I get the fame, but they did a lot of the work in opening up holes for me. As for this year, well, we all circle "1,000 yards for Steven Jackson" as the number to hit in order to receive gifts. And I'm almost there! So, if you promise not to tell my guys, I'm thinking maybe some nice cuff links for everybody. Of course, I will take suggestions in the "Conversation" section if you all have any better ideas …

In terms of family, my niece and nephews want the Wii. Badly. In fact, I'm on a bit of a nationwide hunt to find it for them. And, to be honest, I'm kind of hoping I find two of them sitting next to each other. Maybe three. Because I am loving the Wii right now. Has anyone else played it? Bowling is great, home run derby is awesome, and I can probably play "Wario Ware" for hours. If I wasn't playing football, I'd probably be a professional "Wario Ware" player.

Also, the iPod and iPhone are always hot. Anything that has a lowercase "i" somewhere in there probably placates me. And as a gift to myself (as long as no Wiis show up), I'm upgrading HDTV at the house so I can get more channels in HD.

So how about some football? Four weeks in a row of breaking a long run has been pretty cool, but I have to tell you, without sounding cocky or pompous, I have to be expecting to do that every week. Obviously, it's been a nice trend the past few weeks. And a lot of that is due to the fact that the soon-to-be-cuff-linked O-line has been able to play together for a few weeks in a row, and the guys have really been able to get some continuity. I kind of like breaking the long runs because it gives these guys on the line -- whom a lot of casual fans don't really notice -- some props.

And remember the whole music thing from a couple weeks ago? I have to say, I'm liking it. The music at the stadium this week was great. They played top 40, and I think it helped the team, but also got the crowd into it. The atmosphere was a lot more fun, and you have to agree that the right kind of music really helps get the crowd into it.

So a very Merry Christmas to everyone! Cheer on the Rams tonight against the Steelers. I'll try my best to get those of you in the playoffs as many points as possible, and every time you play the Wii, think of me running through stores like Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Jingle All the Way," trying to get that last system for the kids.

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