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


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[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!

March Madness: Predict the Final Four!


[FINAL]
They’re Number 2! Dr. Tim Chartier and Team miss PTF top spot by a hair.

Hey Dr. Tim Chartier and team…there’s always next year.

After suffering a crushing defeat in 2016’s March Madness final, the North Carolina Tar Heels roared back this year to outlast the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 and take home this year’s NCAA basketball championship.

In the process, Play The Future’s expert partner, the much-heralded sports analytics professor, came up ever-so-short in our March Madness Prediction Tournament, finishing second overall in the all-important accuracy score.

Taking top spot, a mere five points ahead of Dr. Chartier, was Angela O., an administrative assistant from Canada, of all places! (A Canadian being the most accurate Final Four predictor? That’s like an American predicting the exact day when the ice finally thaws in the Northwest Territories!)

The two were just about neck-and-neck, but Angela’s 132 combined total points prediction were two closer to the actual 136 than Dr. Chartier’s 130. Ahh, prediction…truly a game of inches 😉

Despite the Tar Heels being slight favorites to the Las Vegas oddsmakers, PTF players–including Dr. Chartier and Angela–seemed to go with the sentimental choice, as 41.7% chose Gonzaga to win (vs. 28.6% North Carolina, 16.2% South Carolina and 13.4% Oregon). Maybe it was the canine mascot…

Well, like the Gonzaga Bull Dog, perhaps Dr. Chartier and company are licking their wounds, and setting up for a big comeback in PTF’s 2018 March Madness Prediction event.

Better still, maybe they’re getting ready for our Cha-Ching! Tax Season Tournament, starting on April 5th!

[April 1, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]
Woah! The final numbers are in, and this may be the most similar our Futurist predictions and expert predictions have ever been! There’s still some variation though…guess we’ll find out who the champs are soon enough 😉
The first result of the tournament will be coming in today at around 13:00 ET, so keep your eyes peeled!

[March 31, 2017 at 10:30 PM ET]
It looks like some PTF Futurists took the experts’ advice when making their predictions. 😉 Today is the FINAL DAY to make them so if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?! Good luck!

[March 30, 2017 at 11:00 PM ET]
The expert predictions are in! Tim Chartier’s team and Ed Feng deliberated, crunched the numbers, and finally decided upon their predictions. They vary, and only time will tell who will be the most accurate. 😉 Good luck all! Will you be watching the games this weekend?

[March 29, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET]
Here’s the updated medians from the PTF Community! Only time will tell if the experts agree or disagree. Come back tomorrow for their take! 😉

[March 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET]
The first predictions are in! Basketball fans jumped at the chance to predict. 😉 Stay tuned for the experts’ predictions coming soon!

[March 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
March Madness all comes down to this weekend! The Final Four teams will face each other in 2 semifinal games on Saturday, and the final game will be played on Monday. For the rest of the week, predict what will happen!

We’ll have a Final Four too. 😉 The top 4 Futurists will win $25 for Basketball Merch, and numbers 5 through 10 will win $20!

You’ll have some serious competition. Dr. Tim Chartier’s Research Team is back for more B-ball predictions! They’re joined by Ed Feng, renowned data scientist. Think you can beat ’em?


Dr. Tim Chartier is the Vice President of the Mathematical Association of America and a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. He specializes in sports analytics, and has worked with the NBA, NFL, ESPN’s Sport Science program, and NASCAR. He’s also been a valued resource for Bloomberg TV, NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today and the New York Times! He’ll be crunching the numbers along with his research team to hopefully make the most accurate predictions possible!


Ed Feng is a Stanford Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, data scientist and writer. He’s the founder of the wildly popular site, thepowerrank.com, and his writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report. He believes in better predictions though analytics, and that the numbers will always help you win!

Les lundis à un million de PTF : Trop beaux pour être vrais… mais vrais. Vraiment!

On dit souvent que si c’est trop beau pour être vrai, c’est probablement le cas.

Que si c’est trop merveilleux et bondé de licornes, c’est sûrement une attrape.

Ce qui nous amène à vous parler des Lundis à un million de Play The Future.

Le concept est simple : faire cinq prédictions parfaites sur sept pour gagner 1 000 000 $.

Tout simplement merveilleux.

Absolument PAS une attrape.

Et complètement réel par-dessus la marché!

C’est vrai, ce n’est pas facile (mais qu’est-ce qui l’est pour un million de dollars)? Par contre, depuis 21 semaines, vous devenez meilleurs et vous vous rapprochez du gros lot!

Plus de la moitié du temps (11 semaines exactement), 4 des 7 questions hebdomadaires ont obtenu des résultats de 100 %. Quatre sur sept une semaine sur deux! C’est tellement proche que ça goûte presque la victoire! Ne vous reste plus qu’à faire cinq prédictions parfaites des Lundis à un million et voilà! Vous joignez les rangs des millionnaires!

Alors on le répète : continuez à essayer! Prenez votre temps, étudiez les questions et vous verrez que les Lundis à un million valent bien l’effort.

Quand vous gagnerez le million, vous serez la preuve vivante que dans PTF, les bonnes choses existent!

En attendant, pour toute question, tout commentaire ou tout doute en lien avec les Lundis à un million, écrivez-nous à info@playthefuture.com.

On se voit lundi!

PTF’s Million Dollar Mondays: Too Good To Be True…But True. Really!

There’s an old expression that goes: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Put bluntly, it means that if anything appears to be uniformly and unicorn-ally wonderful…it’s probably a scam.

Which brings us to Play The Future’s weekly Million Dollar Mondays (MDM) challenge.

Simple concept: Predict five out of seven questions perfectly and you win $1,000,000.

Most definitely wonderful.

Most definitely NOT a scam.

And most importantly…most definitely true!

Also true is the fact that it’s not easy (hey, for a million bucks, what is?). But after 21 weeks, you guys are getting better, and getting closer!

More than half the time (11 weeks, to be exact), 4 of the 7 weekly questions sees results of 100% accuracy. Four out of seven every second week! That’s soooooo tantalizingly close! You can almost taste the jackpot! All that one of you has to do is lock down five MDM answers and voila!–you join the ranks of the millionaires!

So we reiterate–keep trying! Take your time, do a bit of homework and you’ll see that Million Dollar Mondays is worth that little extra effort.

And when one of you finally hits the big five, you can be our spokesperson for all things good…and true!

Until then, if you have any MDM questions, any MDM comments, or even any MDM doubt, reach out to us as info@playthefuture.com.

See you Monday!

PTF’s Going to the Dogs: The Puppy Prediction Tournament

[March 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET]
Woof! It’s all over! You pondered, calculated and predicted. Everyone gets 4 paws up, but our winners get a bit more. Enjoy your $25 gift card, dog lovers!

We also wanted to call out Andy’s dog Rawqui for being 100% accurate in his prediction about dog breeds trending on Google. 😉 22.3% of the PTF Community was correct along with him! If you haven’t seen the video of Rawqui predicting yet, watch on our Facebook page!

[March 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET]
The first result is up, but it’s still anyone’s game! Good luck! 😉 Results will be rolling in all day!

[March 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET]
It’s the final day for predictions! Make your furry friend a happy one by winning a gift card for him! Stay tuned tomorrow as all the results roll in! 🙂

[March 24, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET]
It looks like PTF Players are putting a lot of thought into their predictions! There’s still the weekend to go, so anything can happen! We hope you’re having a tail-waggingly good time! 😉

[March 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
It’s National Puppy Day!!! Meet PTF CEO Andy Nulman’s fur babies, Rawqui and Shaydee.

This morning on Facebook Live, they predicted the question about the highest trending dog breed on Google! Do you agree with their picks? Either way, they were more than happy to munch on some treats. 😉 Check out the video here.

[March 22, 2017 at 4:30 PM ET]
The first predictions are in! Stay tuned tomorrow for a special Facebook Live video featuring some furry friends! Like us on Facebook here.

[March 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
Today’s a pawsome day because it marks the first day of the Puppy Prediction Tournament. We’re starting one day before National Puppy Day because we’re just that excited! Woof!

Predict 10 doggy-themed questions from today until Sunday and the Top 10 dog-lovers will win a $25 gift card for pet supplies and toys! Your furry best friend will thank you. 😉

Check back later when the first predictions from the PTF community are up!

PTF’s St. Patrick’s Day Tournament!

[March 21st, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET – FINAL UPDATE]
It’s all over! All questions have been answered and scored! This tournament was a tough one, and results were at times unpredictable! Despite the odds, these 10 people predicted and fought their way to the top:

Congrats to our winners…you’ll all be receiving some Irish cheer in the mail! 😉

As always, thanks to everyone who played and we’re looking forward to the next one!

[March 20th, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET]
Results day HAS BEGUN! In fact, the first result just went up. We hope the luck of the Irish is with you as they come in all day! 😉

[March 19th, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
It’s the LAST DAY of the tournament! If you haven’t made your predictions yet, what are you waiting for?! Take a break from the parade and predict! 😉

[March 17th, 2017 at 4:30 PM ET]
The first predictions are in! Do you agree with the rest of the PTF Community? We think the median predictions for tweets and monthly listeners for Green Day seem a little low! Have you guys started on the green beer already? 😉

[March 17th, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We at PTF love it so much that we’re making it 3 days long!

Starting today in the app, predict 10 St. Patrick’s-themed questions and you could be seeing GREEN…cash that is! 😉 The top player will take home 50 bucks, and 2nd-10th place will get a $20 bill. It’s a nice way to end your week and start off your weekend festivities!

If you need a little help predicting, this live blog will be updated daily with the PTF Community’s stats so check back!

Waiting for the Final Rose…The Bachelor Finale Tournament!

[FINAL RESULTS]
Well as we predicted, the finale was a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone involved. In the end, Nick picked Vanessa to be his bride, and 68.2% of you knew he would!

Our players were right on the nose (and beat the experts) when it came to which knee Nick would go down on, how many times he’d say the word “love,” and how many times he’d cry. Wow! Without further ado, here are our winners:

Congratulations! You’ll all be receiving Beauty Gift Cards so make sure to check your email later today.

As for everyone else, thank you for playing. You’re all winners in our books for sitting through the finale with us! 😉

[March 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM EST]
The final predictions are in! Here’s where they stand. The episode is already underway and we’re hard at work tallying everything! Enjoy watching and stay tuned! 😉

[March 13, 2017 at 4:45 PM EST]
There’s only about 3 hours left before the show…that means you only have 3 hours left to predict! Don’t nap, make your choices! 😉 The show’s creator, Mike Fleiss, tweeted that the finale is going to be “historic.” Could there be a Bachelor first? We can’t wait to find out!

[March 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST]
Our experts’ predictions are in! Everyone is agreed that Vanessa will be tonight’s winner, and that Nick will get down on his right knee, but that’s where the similarities end! No one can agree on a dress color, and PTF Players don’t agree with the experts about the diamond ring cut. We’ll just have to see how it all plays out tonight! Make sure you make your predictions before 8 PM EST!

[March 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM EST]
It all comes down to the final rose tonight! Will one of the women win Nick’s heart…or will he send both of them home? Tonight’s Bachelor finale will have lots of tears and heartfelt speeches. Do you have the emotional intelligence to handle it? Get your cheese pasta ready, because we’re making it a game!

Play all 10 Bachelor Finale questions in the app today and you could win a Beauty Gift Card! The #1 player will take home $75, while #2-10 will win $20.

Your predictions will be pitted against Bachelor experts Stacey Becker from OfficeStace.com, and Becca and Jorie from Bach Fantasy!


Stacey is a writer living in NYC. Disguised as a corporate lawyer by day, she circumvents any serious legal discussions in favor of analyzing relationships, her relateable day-to-day adventures and all things Bachelor. She blogs at OfficeStace.com, and is a contributing writer at Thought Catalog. Her book, Knot the One, is a memoir on getting dumped before her wedding. Now, she enjoys jogging in Central Park, playing ping pong with her husband, thinks of excuses to avoid bridal showers…and plays in Bachelor tournaments! 😉


Becca and Jorie met as freshmen at Boston University. They share a deep and abiding love for snark, guacamole, Paul Rudd, Beyonce’s choreography, and their website, BachFantasy.com. Becca currently lives and works in digital marketing in NYC. She buys too much lipstick for the amount of time she spends re-watching 30 Rock in her bed. Jorie lives and writes in Denver. She is a helicopter parent to her two dogs. They’re confident in their Bachelor predictions!

Think you can take them on? Come back soon to see their predictions!

Selection Sunday: Predict the Picks!

[Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM EST]
And there you have it! The remaining results are in, and it looks like our Futurists’ median predictions managed to best Dr. Tim Chartier’s Research Team on 3 questions!

We asked Dr. Tim for his thoughts on the tournament, and he said:
“Predictive sports analytics is the name of the game, so to speak, in my work. Usually, I’m trying to predict the bracket! Play the Future was a fun way, along with my student researchers, to think outside the bracket, have fun, and test our predictions against the crowd!

My group leans on data. So, as much as we could, we tried to find data to help with our answers. Yet, the questions posed by Play the Future are clever. Math and searching for data alone isn’t going to help you win. At some point, you make a prediction and see what happens. But, isn’t that part of life itself? Sometimes, we do all we can to figure something out but some things won’t be clear until they happen. So, you make your choice. In the case of Play the Future, I make my choice and my phone alerts me on when I learn how I did!”

Dr. Tim ended up ranking 7th out of thousands of Futurists, which was an amazing showing. To the six Futurists that ranked higher…you should probably apply for a spot on his research team 😉 In any case, that’s our Selection Sunday tournament all wrapped up. Make sure you’re on the app tomorrow, as that’s when we’ll be launching our St Patrick’s Day tournament!

[Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM EST]
Well, uhhh…that was unexpected! Turns out our Selection Sunday tournament will actually conclude on Wednesday, when the remaining seeds are determined via the First Four games. ‘Til then, you can check out how our Futurists predictions have stacked up against Dr. Tim Chartier’s Research Team so far!

(P.S. The Bachelor Finale tournament is tonight. Make your predictions on the app ASAP!)

[Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12:30 PM EST]
It’s the day before the tournament, and we’re feeling excited! It seems Dr. Tim’s Research Team will be playing their cards close to their chest ’til Sunday, but in the meantime, you can check out the latest median numbers from our players above!

[Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM EST]
Aaaaaaand our first batch of Futurist predictions are in! We’re still waiting on our experts to make theirs, but we’re excited to see how they’ll stack up against one another. How do you feel about our players’ predictions so far? 🙂

[Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST]
It’s the most glorious time of the year for college basketball fans: March Madness! You don’t have to wait until Sunday to start celebrating because you can predict the picks right now in our Selection Sunday Tournament! The person with the #1 bracket will win $75 for Basketball Gear, and numbers #2-10 will win $20.

For this tournament, you’ll be facing off against the experts! Think you’ll be able to beat them? 😉


Dr. Tim Chartier is the Vice President of the Mathematical Association of America and a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. He specializes in sports analytics, and has worked with the NBA, NFL, ESPN’s Sport Science program, and NASCAR. He’s also been a valued resource for Bloomberg TV, NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today and the New York Times! He’ll be crunching the numbers along with his research team to hopefully make the most accurate predictions possible!

Good luck to all our players, and stay tuned as the first predictions roll in!