0 connections 0 blocks 0 transactions
it would be
0 connections Latest block: 0 0 transactions
That just doesn't look right.
I think the way Satoshi explained it makes the most sense: the genesis block may be technically a block but inside the chain it's nothing more than a reference point.
It's like the zero for numbers. The zero of course is a number itself but when counting something it's just a reference point. Well, at least humans count like that