This post originally appeared at The Christian Science Monitor.
Until “Linsanity,” did you know that there was a National Basketball Association record for the most points scored in a player’s first five career starts?
If you didn’t, join the crowd. That’s the kind of record that is buried in the statistical weeds. Until someone like Jeremy Lin, the latest New York Knicks phenom, comes along, such records and “firsts” are so esoteric as to be invisible.