Rick Zamperin: What sports statistic blows your mind?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip pretty much every aspect of our lives, I think this is the perfect time for a little distraction.

As a news anchor that brings you the latest coronavirus-related stories every day, nothing does the trick of taking my mind off COVID-19 like watching sports.

The trouble is, the sports world — and just about everything else — is on pause in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

We sports fanatics are doing our darnedest to soak up any little bit of sports information, from QB Tom Brady officially signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard needing Tommy John surgery, but those stories are few and far between given the current situation that we find ourselves in.

So, allow me to distract you with this question: What sports stat are you most amazed by?

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The overwhelming majority of sports fans, I think, love statistics and records, and I’m sure that you’re thinking about a stat that always blows your mind when you hear it.

I certainly have a few.

There is a lot of talk about whether or not Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will break Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894 career goals. It would be amazing to see Ovie get to 895, but another Gretzky record that continues to amaze me is his 1,963 career assists.

Even if The Great One never scored a goal during his 20-year NHL career, he would still have the most points in league history. That’s insane.

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