If the basic tenants of capitalism are true – supply and demand sets prices in a "free" market – then gas prices in San Pierre, Ind., should be 88 cents a gallon this week.
That's how it used to be defined.
Today, you can fit all the people controlling the world's oil in a Nissan Versa hatchback, with fuzzy dice swinging from the rear-view mirror. So all the consumer gets is collusion, four bucks a gallon and wrinkled sweater that should've been retired a couple of years ago.
But with all of my gas cards empty, I get to wear those swanky threads for another 365.
That's how it is now.
But gas should be 88 cents a gallon for one simple reason. Ted White was hired as the football coach at North Judson. The supply and demand for the Bluejays brought the long-time Griffith and Russ Radtke assistant home.
He will probably save $75,000 a year at the gas pump.
He used to leave his home in North Judson and drive to LaPorte, where he used to teach, then drive to Griffith for football practice. He'd then drive home. Six days a week.
Coffee prices should be going down, too.
"Griffith, it kind of worked out for us," White said. "We had great kids. Great people. It was a great community. That was a very special time."
White coached with Radtke at North Judson, Connersville and Griffith. White's wishbone offense was a cornerstone of a great program that won the 1997 Class 4A state championship.
That team was the greatest region state champion these eyes have ever seen.
White joins a long list of great coaches at North Judson, many of them moved west and had great success. Griffith's Les Thornton started there. Les Klein was there, too, before winning a state title at Portage.
And White replaces Kirk Kennedy, who won a state title at Lowell in 2005.
Judson went 3-8 last year. A freight train full of apples couldn't have kept the doctor away last fall. Injury after injury had the 'Jays depth chart below one. But that doesn't have White worried.
He's coached baseball at Judson for 20 years. He's coached wrestling the last two years. But football is his best fit, as his selection to coach in the North-South All-Star game this summer proves.
"The kids are excited, they're motivated," White said. "I need to get some good assistants underneath me. We're getting a lot of the organization together. We're excited. We want to get the North Judson tradition going again."
White laughed about all those long days and burnt rubber in the old days. The winning at Griffith took away a lot of the fatigue and helped him overlook the constant stops at the petrol shacks.
He is respected by most all of area coaches and players. He's heard many congratulations from friends and former foes. The 1982 Judson grad is finally home. This will work well, I believe.
White sends his love to the football community over here. He hopes folks will gas up their vehicles to watch some Bluejay football this fall.
"I'm still a Region rat," he said with a laugh.