By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated October 31, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

It’s been less than 48 hours since Robert Goulet shuffled off this mortal coil, and already the Associated Press is working overtime to honor his memory…by publishing a story about the fact that he might have possibly flubbed the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” when he performed it before Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston’s 1965 title fight.

Let me be the first to ask: Huh?! Was this really the best time to dig up some random, picayune pseudo-scandal from four decades ago? (Or, as the AP put it, “more than 30 years ago.” Ahem.) Besides, the alleged mistakes — “dawn’s early night” and “gave proof through the fight” — aren’t exactly Borat-scale, as desecrations of the national anthem go. They’re barely even Lupe-sized. And Goulet apparently denied that he screwed up those lines at all!

All in all, I gotta wonder who thought this non-news story was a good idea and what they were thinking. Any suggestions?