Wakeup Call: We have a broken backboard video, so that's all you need to know

Overall, it was just an OK ACC/Big Ten Challenge this time around, but it's always fun to compare the leagues. (US Presswire)

Here's to a happy, healthy Thursday. As always, feel free to email any good stuff you come across: matt.norlander@cbsinteractive.com.

Around the World

I'm stupidly annoyed by year-end best-of lists that come out prior to, say, Dec. 15 or so, but here goes. It's the 32 best memes from the past 11 months. Annoyed Picard is so great. || Little-seen video of early Beatles. Need I say more? || Veteran Wakeup Call visitors know I'm a photo nut. || Whoa, Saturn storm. Did you know Saturn would float if we had an ocean big enough to place it in? || My suggestion for a fascinating longread today: A jellyfish holding the key to immortality?

Layup Line

¶ Yesterday, I linked you to news that Grand Canyon (the only school that can be seen from space! /dodges tomatoes) is joining the WAC. But here's something you should know about little ol' Grand Canyon.

¶ Only Dana O'Neil could write this, and I say that with endearment.

¶ Yes, we've got ACC/Big East-related links to pass along. How does Louisville stack up against its new brethren? Let us count the measures.

¶ The overall average of the six major conferences, listed by median ranking in U.S. News and World Report.

¶ Historical perspective and the once-unlikely possibility that the Cards could even get to this arrangement.

¶ I remain super skeptical, but here are reasons why the Big 12 could stay at 10 teams for the meantime, which I'm taking to mean through New Year's.

¶ And one more good link and quick read on the new situation that's good for the Cards.

¶ Other realignment news that might have slipped by you Wednesday. Conference USA is not just going to be ignored.

¶ As for the plans to finish up the Florida-Georgetown game ...

¶ No shock: UCLA cringed while watching tape of its collapse at home against Cal Poly.

¶ Jeff Bzdelik is adept at making excuses. Related: this.

Behind the scenes at Duke, where the video work is grueling.

Moving Pictures and Music

»» Oh good God that's devastation. Wait for it, 12 seconds in.

It's one of my favorite Queens of the Stone Age songs. QOTSA is most known for its relentless rocking album, "Songs for the Deaf," but if you're into lead singers who look like Craig Kilborn, enjoy alternative music and like a little lead injected into your rhythm sections, these guys come highly recommended. And Dave Grohl will again drum on an album with 'em!

I blew in on a whim, gone tomorrow / I'm gone today

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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