The Cincinnati Bengals remain an enigma in pro football. On any given weekend they can play well enough to beat anybody in pro football, and the next weekend play as if they are still trying to learn the game. I suppose the funny part of this is that the entire NFL seems to have become a victim of this same malady. The only team in football this year that has avoided this fate has been the Arizona Cardinals. Even the loss of Carson Palmer to a knee injury has failed to slow the Cardinals down. Their fans are hoping their team wins out and plays the Super Bowl on their home field.Going back to the Bengals–they are still a favorite to win their division. However, their inability to win a game when they are in the national spotlight makes it hard for the average fan to get on their band wagon. I believe they have lost 4 of their last 5 games on national TV. No one has been able to come up with a solution to this problem. Hopefully, if they get all of their players back from the injured list, they will be able to play like they did for the first 3 games.When A.J. Green is available on offense and the Bengals core of starting linebackers are healthy, they are able to play with anybody. However, if just one of these is missing from the lineup, no one seems to be able to pick up the slack. For a team that has been in the league as long as they have, and having a head coach for as long as Marvin Lewis has been there, you would think they would have figured the system out by now.
MAQUOKETA, Iowa (May 5) – Once he got in front, there was no catching Justin Kay in Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Maquoketa Speedway.Kay started in the second row, slipped inside leader Terry Neal on the 12th circuit and led to the finish of the IMCA Late Model Tour feature.“Terry moved up to get by a lapped car and that’s when I was able to pass him,” Kay said. “Any time you get an opportunity like that, you have to be ready.”The sole caution of the 50-lapper came out with three circuits to go and Kay by then handily ahead of Neal & Co.Unfazed, Kay pulled away again in taking the $2,000 checkers, his second in as many Deery dates this season, third in a row and career 26th.Neal, Jeremiah Hurst, Cayden Carter and Ryan Dolan completed the top five.Dolan was the winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Terry Neal, Ely; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 4. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 5. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 6. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 7. Curt Martin, Independence; 8. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 9. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill.; 10. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 11. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 12. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 13. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 14. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 15. Jon Poll, Bellevue; 16. Don Pataska, Miles; 17. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill; 18. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 19. Sam Halstead, New London; 20. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 21. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 22. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill.; 23. Luke Pestka, Robins; 24. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin.