PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT SO BIG, WE’RE SHOUTING IT OUT IN ALL CAPS!

[May 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET]
It’s your LAST CHANCE to predict this month’s Summer Blockbusters! So grab some popcorn, munch, and ruminate! If you need a little direction, our resident box office expert, Van Du Tran, has made his predictions! Will you use his numbers as a guideline, or do you agree more with BoxOffice Pro? Maybe somewhere in-between?

Either way, today’s your last day to predict for a chance at a Movie Gift Card! Get to it!

[April 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]
WE’VE HAD TOURNAMENTS BEFORE, BUT NEVER ONE THIS MASSIVE! PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT FOCUSES ON THOSE BIG-BUDGET, HIGH-CONCEPT, MEGA-STAR MOVIES THAT DON’T JUST DEFINE A SEASON…BUT OFTEN, DEFINE AN ERA!

TEN PROBING QUESTIONS THAT COMBINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF HUGE BOX OFFICE GROSSES WITH LARGER-THAN-LIFE ICONS LIKE ALIENS, GALAXY GUARDIANS, WIMPY KIDS, CARIBBEAN PIRATES, BAYWATCHERS AND WONDER WOMEN.

TO TURN UP THE HEAT EVEN HOTTER, YOU’LL BE PLAYING AGAINST AN OBSESSIVE BOX OFFICE EXPERT, PTF’S OWN VAN DU TRAN…A MAN SO FILM FANATICAL HE WON’T WATCH TRAILERS BECAUSE HE WANTS TO EXPERIENCE EVERY ONE OF HIS MOVIES PURE, FREE OF ANY PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS.

TOP PLAYER WINS $50 FOR MOVIE TICKETS, WHILE THE NEXT NINE TAKE HOME $20 FOR MOVIE MONEY.

PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT. ENDS TUESDAY, MAY 2…FOR NOW. BECAUSE LIKE ALL GREAT SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS, THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL LATER THIS YEAR!

Who Will Rank #1 When PTF’s NFL Draft Tournament Ends?


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[FINAL]
The NFL Draft is officially over! The football stars of tomorrow have all been picked!

In the end, it was Geoffrey D. that came out on top! He predicted his way past even the experts to win the tournament! Jonathan Adams from Heavy.com put up a good fight, and came in second in accuracy, but Geoffrey beat him by a slim margin. What are your secrets, Geoff?!

All of that being said, there were 3 surprising results!


1) Though Geoffrey and Jonathan predicted correctly that the position of this year’s Mr. Irrelevant would be “Other,” only 4.9% of all Futurists were right along with them! Most Futurists (57.3% of them) thought that he’d be a Running Back! That would have been the right answer…had the draft ended at the second-to-last pick!

2) Only 1 Futurist predicted 0 for the 40-yard dash time! Were they just lucky? The 5th pick of round 4 was Eddie Jackson, but since he was recovering from a broken leg, he didn’t run the 40-yard dash during the Scouting Combine!

3) This year’s NFL draft set a record for most defensive backs ever picked. Just over 20 percent of all drafted players were in defensive positions! To be fair, most people thought the number of defensive players picked would be high, but not quite THAT high!

Thanks to everyone who played the tournament, see you in the Future! 😉

[April 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET]
Here’s the updated PTF Player predictions! It looks like our Futurists are taking the experts’ advice!

[April 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
It’s the moment you have been waiting for: the expert predictions ARE IN! If you’re clueless about football, their expert insights should help. Be warned though, most of them disagree with each other. 😉 Who’s predictions will you base yours off of?

We also have some more help for you if you’re creating fantasy draft picks! Gary McKenzie, M.C.S. in Sports Data Science, has shared his first 10 draft picks with us.

Gary’s Picks:
1) Browns – Myles Garrett
2) 49ers – Solomon Thomas
3) Bears – Marshon Lattimore
4) Jaguars – OJ Howard
5) Titans – Reuben Foster
6) Jets – Mitch Trubisky
7) Chargers – Jamal Adams
8) Panthers – Leonard Fournette
9) Bengals – Derek Barnett
10) Bills – Corey Davis

Agree/disagree? Let us know!

[April 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
Welcome to “Forecast the NFL Draft,” Play The Future’s tournament about top picks and rankings that will result in top pickers and rankings.

Ten future-oriented questions about the future orientation of the NFL, everything from how many trades in the first round to the position played by the draft’s unenviable Mr. Irrelevant. Our #1 finisher gets a $50 Sports Gift Card, with #2-10 getting $25. #11 gets a “better luck next time” 😉

You don’t have to be a football fan to “Forecast the NFL Draft,” but it sure helps, as we’ve assembled five experts guaranteed to strike fear into the smartest and swiftest player lining up against them. In addition to PTF players everywhere, you’re also taking on:

Jonathan Adams, Heavy.com’s sports heavyweight, a graduate of UCF with a masters in Sports Business Management and a long career in multiple positions throughout the sports world.

Mike Fanning, sports analytics specialist and adjunct lecturer in Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management graduate program, his alma mater where he–of course–played football.

Gary McKenzie, who earned a master’s degree in computer science with his thesis “Data Analytics in Sports: Improving the Accuracy of NFL Draft Selection Using Supervised Learning.” Yikes!

Aaron Schatz, Compared to baseball analytics pioneer Bill James by the New York Times Magazine, he’s the creator of Football Outsiders and most of its advanced metrics for analyzing the NFL. Also a contributing writer to ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

Michael Band, the Director of Analytics for RosterWatch.com, and a former NFL Scout with the Minnesota Vikings from 2011-2012.

Forecast the NFL Draft. Now until April 26th. Only on Play The Future…and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Movie Event: #F8 with Showbuzz Daily

[FINAL UPDATE]
The Fate of the Furious got Futurists revved up! The movie broke Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ global box office record and became the biggest opening weekend worldwide. That wasn’t reflected in the domestic numbers, however, as it fell just short of $100M in the US and Canada. Showbuzz Daily predicted that it would make at least $130M domestically, and many of our Futurists agreed with them!

Futurist Paul G. subverted the norm and predicted $98,756,705 – that’s only $30,297 off from the actual result! He had the most accurate prediction BY FAR! When asked about his methodology, here’s what he had to say:
“My prediction was fairly simple. I looked at the hint provided for free, thought people loved this movie franchise, and made a guess. My first two numbers I thought that it would be probably not $100M but up there. The last 6….well random. I’ll keep playing the future. Fun to be #1!”

Conversely, Showbuzz Daily made their prediction based on a variety of factors including industry insider forecasts and past performance of similar movies, with each factor weighted by past reliability. Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem really have the box office down to a science, but sometimes the future really can be unpredictable!

Congrats to all our winners and we’ll you in the Future for our next Tournament! It might be sooner than you think! 😉

[April 14, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
Today’s the last day to get your predictions in! The initial wave of movie reviews are out and while critics aren’t too impressed, audiences seem to like it! How do you think that’ll impact box office revenue?

[April 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
Our Futurists have begun to diverge from the experts as predictions continue to pour in! Wonder who’ll be on the right side of history?

[April 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET]
The first PTF predictions are in! It looks like our players agree with the experts so far! 😉

[April 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
It’s Fast, and trust us, it’ll get Furious.

The Movie Event: F8 with Showbuzz Daily.

It’s Play The Future’s latest prediction tournament, but this time with a nitro boost of expert competition, as players take on the tenacious tandem of Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem of Showbuzz Daily.

From April 11-14, make 10 predictions about The Fate of The Furious, the 8th installment of Universal’s biggest film franchise, and you can win movie gift cards.

Questions run the gamut of box office totals, comparisons, audience ratings, critical reaction, and even Dominic Torreto’s Dodge Charger.

You predict the answers…and find out YOUR Fate!

Cha-Ching! Tournament

[April 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET]
IT’S ALL OVER! The results have been tallied, counted and scored. Thanks to everyone who took the time to crunch the numbers in the hopes of earning a check!

Our Tax Expert, Leon Krantzberg was bested by PTF player, Andrew R. We don’t know how Andrew did it, but he managed to get 3 out of the 10 questions 100% spot-on! Whoa, talk about predictive brain power! Hey Andrew, if you’re reading this, let us in on your secret, will you? 😉

If you didn’t manage to make it into the Top 10 for this tournament, don’t worry, because there’s another one in the app RIGHT NOW. We’ve partnered with Showbuzz Daily to bring you 10 predictions about the Fate of the Furious’ opening weekend. Predict accurately and you could win $$$ for movie tickets! Woo!

[April 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET]
The first results are in and there’s still many to go! One thing’s for sure though, the PTF Community beat the expert for the udemy question! Sorry, Leon!

[April 9, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]
It’s the FINAL DAY to get your predictions in! All the results will be rolling in tomorrow. Good luck! 😉

[April 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET]
Here are the updated PTF Community predictions! Will we give Leon a…run for his money? 😉

[April 5, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
Cha-ching, cha-ching! People love that money sound so much that we’ve named this tournament after it! The winners will hear it when they’re cashing in their checks. 😉

The Cha-Ching Tournament serves as a reminder that the deadlines for both Canadian and US taxes are this month (so get ’em done!), but because it’s such a chore, we want you to have a little fun too…by predicting! The #1 Futurist will win a $50 check, while 2nd-10th place will win 20 bucks each!

You’ll be playing against an expert: Leon Krantzberg, Certified Tax Accountant.

A professional and savvy strategist, Leon has over 30 years of experience! He’s a trusted advisor to an extensive clientele list of medium-sized companies operating in the manufacturing, distribution, real estate, high-tech, garment, internet and investment fund sectors. He also provides full service tax and financial advice to high net-worth individuals.

With such an extensive resume, you’re gonna have to crunch some numbers in order to beat him!