The Washington Times - August 26, 2008, 09:29PM

Off-the-wall things tend to bug me, and those things tend to make me seem off-the-wall.

Anyone who’s read this blog for any period of time already knows this. Most of the people who know me long ago accepted it, though an eye-roll is inevitable about once a conversation.

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But that doesn’t change that odd things, weird things bother me. Like during the Olympics, I couldn’t get it out of my head that if there’s a modern pentathlon, what will the postmodern pentathlon be like?

Some are a bit less philosophical. Like if a Maryland freshman tight end can get his name spelled multiple ways in the media guide, which is the correct way?

Is it “Matt Furstenburg“? That generates 1,970 hits on Google. Or is it “Matt Furstenberg” – which manages 606 hits on a Google search.

These are the questions that trouble my mind. So I asked media relations assistant Matt Bixenstine at practice today to help decipher this mystery.

Bixenstine, it turns out, relates to the media quite well. And within a couple hours, he went straight to the source, who informed him the correct spelling of the name is Matt Furstenburg. Two u’s, one e and no need to use the word in a sentence.

The important thing is this: Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen thinks Furstenburg can help this year. And the least an offbeat blogger/beat writer can do is spell his name right.

Patrick Stevens