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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Pond Life

SI TV'S latest original documentary goes behind the scenes at the winter's most thrilling sporting event. No, not the Olympics or the Super Bowl: the 13th annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships.

Held on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, the tournament boasts 25 rinks, 300 teams and 2,500 players who travel from all over the continent to play a weekend of bitter cold outdoor hockey during the last weekend of January.

"This is just the norm," says pond hockey legend Geno Parrish. "What you do in Minnesota when you're growing up is you go to the local pond.... This is our Disneyland."

The championships are about more than just hockey. From a team of hometown friends who create their own beer-can Stanley Cup trophy to the pond hockey dynasty that has won eight of 13 tournaments, this program, coming soon to SI TV, illuminates the ways that sports can serve as the backbone of life in the North.

GRADE A BEEF

On this week's episode of The Crossover, SI TV's show about all things NBA, rap icon Memphis Bleek draws on his own experience with the infamous Nas vs. Jay-Z feud to help SI's Matt Dollinger and Rohan Nadkarni answer an important question: What's the biggest feud in the NBA today? Russ vs. KD, Kyrie vs. LeBron or players vs. refs? Tune in to find out who gets top honors.

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