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November 25, 1997 - Back to the Future 4 / Miami baseball team rumor shot down

Scooped on Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Marlins/BTTF2 prophecy turns out to be false. Thankfully, people with a currently-valid Blockbuster Video membership rented the tape and confirmed it's not so. When Marty's in 2015, he sees a billboard proclaiming that the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Gators in the 2015 Series, which motivates him to get the Sports Almanac.

Well, who better to set the record straight than Stephen from BTTF.com:

"Please allow me to clear up this crazy rumor that has been running rampant ever since the Marlins won the World Series last month.

"This is a recent rumor that has been completely distorted and blown out of proportion. The scene in question is indeed from Back to the Future Part II, and involved Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) being in the future in 2015, and him seeing a holographic billboard that announced that the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series against the Miami Gators. The date was October 21, 2015. An old gentleman Marty was talking to said that he wished he could go back to the beginning of the season to place some bets on the Cubbies, and that sparked the idea with McFly, who bought a sports almanac containing sports statistics from 1950-2000 to take back to 1985 with him. However, the plan backfired, and the main plot of the rest of the movie was to get that sports almanac back from falling into the wrong hands (i.e. Biff Tannen) in the past.

"So while Bob Gale & Robert Zemeckis were able to predict the future in that Miami would have a team, there was never anything mentioned about 1997 -- it was just the current year, which was 2015. And the film predicted that Miami had a team, which they didn't until 1993, but the name of the team was the Gators. Back to the Future Part II was released 8 years ago on November 22, 1989.

"But don't let this fool you -- Back to the Future Part II was indeed a predictor of many events yet to come. Besides predicting that Miami would have a major league baseball team, the film also predicted at least two other interesting future events that were yet to come: the downfall of laserdiscs and the procedure of using thumbprints as signatures.

"In an early scene, Doc & Marty carry the sedated Jennifer (Elisabeth Shue) out of the DeLorean and lay her in an alley behind Fusion Industries. You'll notice that the bundled stacks of waste they put her on are mounds of laserdiscs ready to be incinerated. Many people, including some folks at Entertainment Weekly, point out that this scene clearly predicts that laserdiscs won't be a source of entertainment media in the future, apparently paving the way for the new format of the future - DVD.

"As any fan remembers, practically all in-person financial transactions were handled in the future by scanning the thumbprint of the consumer. This is now a reality, as in the past year, a several major banks primarily across the south have instigated new check cashing policies for customers without accounts at those particular banks -- requiring 'thumbprint signatures' by these customers.

"So, what's next? Judging from Zemeckis & Gale's track record, flying cars and hoverboards are probably not too far behind."

Remember 1982's Blade Runner? That now-classic sci-fi film was set more than 30 years ahead of when it was originall released. Blade Runner was filled with the logos of many companies that, while they were titans of industry back in '82, have gone out of business since like Atari or Pam-Am.  Thankfully, BTTF2 didn't have much corporate placement (well, except for Pepsi insignias).

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