Mountain Pointe will begin the year the same way the Pride ended last football season.

Nationally ranked.

The USA Today preseason Top 25 was released on Tuesday and Mountain Pointe came in at No. 21.

It is a great thing for the players; something they will always be able to say about their playing careers for the rest of their story telling lives.

I would love to be able to claim something like that these days. Closest thing I had is I got my butt kicked on the wrestling mat by a future Olympic Trial member.

I digress.

I just feel like national rankings are a bunch of mumbo jumbo.

I guarantee if the Pride had lost in the semifinals or even the finals in 2013, Mountain Pointe, which had never been nationally ranked until last season, wouldn’t even sniff the top 50 to begin this year.

But they ran the table, knocking of two perennial nationally-ranked programs - Bishop Gorman and Hamilton - a total of three times so Mountain Pointe found a spot on the national radar.

All national rankings are in my mind are nutty and this is coming from a guy who once had an AP vote for the college football. It’s a nice honor, but it is just kind of silly simply because no one can know unless there is an actual meeting on the field.

It’s far too subjective and there are too many variables to truly know if a team from Arizona can match up with a team from Ohio.

This is hardly a newsflash. Many in my profession and most coaches feel the same way. But readers love lists, love rankings and love predictions. It makes for an easy read and creates a lot of interest.

So national rankings exist.

It is great for the program, the school, the community, the district and even the state to have a local team in the nation’s top 25.

I have no issue with that. Milk it for what is worth. Run with it and enjoy each week the Pride, which should also get some national recognition from MaxPreps, remains nationally ranked.

Just understand there really isn’t much merit to any of them.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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