Spring Training & Oscar Fever

The days without baseball are dwindling Curve fans because as the February calendar closes that means we will have the comforts of America’s Pastime to keep us company.  With new baseball seasons, hope springs eternal and every team is in first place (how about that for an uber-cliched sentence?).  In all seriousness, though, it’s great to have baseball news to write about and we’ve got some exciting things coming up here in 2013.

2011/12 Curve RHP Phil Irwin tosses a bullpen in his first big-league camp in Bradenton.

2011/12 Curve RHP Phil Irwin tosses a bullpen in his first big-league camp in Bradenton.

Will we see the first Pirates lineup 1-9 in the batting order of all Curve players?  We think that 2013 might be the year for that if some of the former Curve hurlers of recent years can take the hill and start for the Bucs, especially once rosters expand at the end of the year, if not before.  But, we’re getting waaaay ahead of ourselves because it’s still February 21st.

With that said, we’ll be announcing our entire promotional calendar next week beginning on Monday with our Fireworks dates to be followed up by our Giveaway schedule on Tuesday.  We’re going to try and throw a little twist into things for the announcement of the giveaway items as we’ll be announcing one giveaway item every 30 minutes on our Twitter account (@AltoonaCurve) starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.  There are some pretty neat items on the list and we can’t wait to share them with you so follow along during your work day (don’t get caught though!).

The releases will continue on Wednesday with our Entertainers and Special Guest appearances and then our theme nights, community nights and special jersey auctions on Thursday.


15th season Bobblehead #3 Participants

Y’all have been great in helping us out through our first two Bobblehead voting contests with the winners being Sean Burnett (to be given away on June 8 thanks to UniFirst) and Andrew McCutchen (to be given away on July 5 thanks to Nuts for You).

With that said, we still need to figure out who the third bobblehead giveaway will be.  Aaaaaannnndd…here is the list of players that will be voting-eligible in this final bracket.  Seeding and a start date for the voting will come in the next few days.

Final 15th Bobblehead Bracket Participants (covering seasons 2009-present): Pedro Alvarez, Josh Harrison, Brock Holt, Jared Hughes, Brad Lincoln, Starling Marte, Rudy Owens & Tony Watson 


New AltoonaCurve.com Launching Tuesday Afternoon

Also on the horizon for the Curve faithful is a sleek, slick new design for AltoonaCurve.com.  We’ve been working on the new site design for awhile now in conjunction with minor league baseball and we hope that you like the new streamlined design and some of the functionality it will bring in terms of keeping tabs on your favorite team!  Want a sneak peak? There ya go!

SiteSneakPeak


Picking the Oscars

So, now that you’re all up to speed with some of the happenings here in Curve, Pa., let’s dive in to what everyone will be doing this Sunday and that is watching the Oscars!  Since I’m one of the resident movie buffs on staff (Director of Groups Corey Homan gives me a run for my money), I guess I’ll once again take a stab a projecting Oscar winners.  If we turn back to last year’s pre-Oscars blog here, I think I ended up not doing so well.  In fact out of the categories I picked, I got 0 out of 8 right!  So that means, only up from here.  I made a more concerted effort to see  more Oscar-style films this year to redeem myself so we’ll see how I fare this time.  I’ll pick the same categories as last year

Best Visual Effects (The Hobbit, Life of Pi, Marvel’s The Avengers, Prometheus, Snow White & the Huntsman)

Right off the bat, I’m going to go with Life of Pi (one of the 4 best picture nods I actually didn’t see).  Heard nothing but great things and honestly, everyone already gave Peter Jackson his awards with the Lord of the Rings series.  Snow White bored me (but that was because I was watching it while training for an 18-mile race I paid for but never ran).

Pick: Life of Pi

Best Animated Feature Film (Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates!, Wreck it Ralph)

I saw two of the five in this category in Brave and Paranorman.  Brave, in my personal opinion, was atrocious.   I fell asleep watching it twice at two different times.  Wreck it Ralph looked funny but I really enjoyed the animation-style of ParaNorman.  Plus, our resident soon-to-be-published cartoonist on staff loved that film so he can’t be wrong, right?

Pick: Paranorman

Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams/The Master, Sally Field/Lincoln, Anne Hathaway/Les Miserables, Helen Hunt/The Sessions, Jacki Weaver/Silver Linings Playbook)

BOOM!  I’ve viewed three of these five..I’m getting better.  The one’s that I’ve watched in this category are Lincoln, Les Mis & Silver Linings.  Taking a caveat to the fact I have not seen The Master or The Sessions, I still don’t see how Hathaway doesn’t take this one home for Les Mis.  The only thing that was weird to me was that she was in the movie for only the first hour and 30 minutes of the 4-day marathon (I liked it, don’t get me wrong).  But her time in that film was tremendous.

Pick: Anne Hathaway/Les Miserables

Best Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin/Argo, Robert De Niro/Silver Linings Playbook, Philip Seymour Hoffman/The Master, Tommy Lee Jones/Lincoln, Christoph Waltz/Django Unchained)

Again, viewed three of five here with exceptions to The Master & Django.  I know Waltz is an awesome actor (not on SNL last week — not funny) as is Hoffman.  I’m picking Tommy Lee Jones from Lincoln.  Pretty solid performance, lots of talking (the entire movie was talking) but he stood out and broke up the oratories nicely.  De Niro really helped me feel uncomfortable throughout most of Silver Linings so that is also a consideration but edge to Tommy Lee, plus, he has to be happier than at the Golden Globes, yeah?

Pick: Tommy Lee Jones/Lincoln 

Best Actress (Jessica Chastain/Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence/Silver Linings Playbook, Emmanuelle Riva/Amour, Quvenzhane Wallis/Beasts of the Southern Wild & Naomi Watts/The Impossible)

Failed in this category, only seeing two of the three (0 dark and Silver) but I heard nothing but tremendous things about Naomi Watts in The Impossible and I’m disappointed I can’t catch it before Oscars. Going with the friends polled on this one.

Pick: Naomi Watts/The Impossible 

Best Actor (Bradley Cooper/Silver Linings, Daniel Day-Lewis/Lincoln, Hugh Jackman/Les Mis, Joaquin Phoenix/The Master, Denzel Washington/flight)

My best showing so far, 4/5 movies viewed.  I cannot sing to save my life.  Hugh Jackman does it throughout an entire movie and, in my opinion, does it relatively well.  Loved Lincoln and Lewis was tremendous and Bradley Cooper (as noted earlier w/De Niro) did quite a job to make me feel uncomfortable but laugh at the same time in Playbook.  Throwing darts here………….

Pick: Daniel Day-Lewis/Lincoln 

Best Director (Michael Haneke/Amour, Benh Zeitlin/Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ang Lee/Life of Pi, Spielberg/Lincoln, David O. Russell/Playbook)

David O. Russell illustrated a nice roller-coaster ride in Playbook and it (of the films I saw here) had me the most excited/intrigued/etc after I left the theater.

Pick: David O. Russesll/Silver Linings Playbook

Best Film: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

I’ll throw out Armour, Beasts, Django, Life of Pi because I didn’t see them.  Of the 5 I saw, I hope Silver Linings or Les Mis wins……Darts again….

Pick: Les Miserables

Ok, I’m hoping for one, one correct this year.  An 0-for-16 across two years means that I’m awful at picking movies and should probably stick to watching Top Gun for the 1,024th time.

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