Ryan Howard's Venice-style Canal Forces Florida Community to Shift

Ryan Howard's Venice-style Canal Forces Florida Community to Shift

There's a trend among Phillies players (see Harry Leroy Halladay III) to have homes not too far away from the team's spring training facility down in Florida, so it's no surprise Ryan Howard and his $125 million contract extension are putting down some roots in the area.

But not just any roots. In fact, Howard is building one heck of a mansion in the town of Belleair Shore, roughly ten miles from the Phillies spring home at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

The "Casa Del Howard" will surely be an enjoyable spot to head home to after a tough day of spring ball. Local newspaper the Bellaire Bee says the home will be a "$23 million, 17,500-square-foot home on a gulf-front lot covering over an acre."

Derek Jeter and his 30,875-square-foot mansion is not impressed.

Okay, so Howard's mansion isn't exactly the same square footage of the Yankee shortstop's colossal castle, but check out the details of the Phillies slugger's new home, complete with the potential for a gondola ride.

Once again, from the Bellair Bee, the home will feature a:

“Venice-style lazy river running from the swimming pool underneath a series of bridges,” and a bowling alley on the ground level with breakaway walls. Dawson termed the river “a fundamental part of the design.” He said the whole Howard family was really excited by the Venice canal, and would not want to give it up.

But building your own personal Venice-style canal is a time consuming project, and the community of Bellaire Shore recently enacted a tough new ordinance a couple of years back to prevent construction projects from dragging on too long. You see, the ordinance allows for 24 months from the start of construction to the completion, but no way you could get Howard's crib done in that time.

Venice was not built in a day.

So what's the moral of the story? Well, basically the town is going to do what it has to in order to accommodate the unique design aspects of Casa Del Howard. They could simply drag their feet in actually enforcing the building code or deal with the magistrate, who is just a great guy.

Also, the special magistrate “could grant whatever he wants.” He described James Yacavone, the magistrate, as very reasonable.

It's good to be the magistrate.

And it's even better to be the Big Piece.

>>Howard house forces code review [Bellair Bee]

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.