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The Pittsburgh Steeline, the official drum line of the Steelers

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ICYMI: The Pittsburgh Steeline, the official drum line of the Pittsburgh Steelers, speaks to a growing affiliation between professional sports franchises and drum lines. Julia Rendleman made another great video that embodies what this crew is all about:

The connection between drum lines and NFL teams goes back more than a decade. The Denver Broncos' Stampede drum line, which claims to be the first official drum line in the NFL, was established in 2003. (That group has since been joined by a brass band.) 

There are plenty of drum lines in other leagues, too, including the NBA and MLS. Of course, marching bands — which have brass, woodwind and percussion sections — have long been associated with high school and college sports. 

These drum lines really emerge from the worlds of drum corps and indoor percussion.  Drum-corps culture has been known to dip into intriguing musical experiments, as Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker, has observed (see this, this, this, this and this). 

Denise Odello, assistant professor of music at the University of Minnesota, Morris, spoke about the evolution of drum-corps music from patriotic songs to American songbook to more recent forays into Bartok, Stravinsky and Puccini. (Phantom Regiment produced an 11-minute rendition of "Turandot" for the Drum Corps International championships in 2012.)

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Empty Netter Assists - Crosby injured, Rust recalled - 12-21-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins recalled forward Bryan Rust from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Additionally, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) was placed on injured reserve. Rust, 23, has appeared in five NHL games this season and scored no points. In 10 AHL games, Rust has four points (one goal, three assists).

-Captain/center Sidney Crosby (right) missed Sunday's practice due to a "lower-body" injury.

-“I don’t know if I’m excited to match wits. I think I know him fairly well, I know how he wants to play. I know his mannerisms on the bench, I know his tendencies as a coach. I’m sure he knows mine. From that regard I think all things are equal.” - Head coach Mike Sullivan on facing his friend, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, tonight.

-“I could never call him an assistant coach because to me he is a head coach. He always has been for me. That’s how our relationship grew. I’m so excited for him. I can’t speaker higher of any other person in hockey.” - Tortorella on Sullivan.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins center Shane Endicott. A second round pick in 2000, "Endo" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2001-02, Endicott appeared in four games and recorded one assist. After spending the next three seasons with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Endicott appeared in 41 games at the NHL level in 2005-06 and recorded two points. In the 2006 offseason, he joined the Predators as a free agent. In 45 games with the Penguins, Endicott scored three points. He currently runs his own hockey skills training service in Saskatchewan.

-After the Jump: Another milestone for Jaromir Jagr.

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We love lists: Your Early Returns Top 10 for 2015

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Among the certainties of journalism: Pizza on Election Night, dicey deadlines for Steelers night games and year-end lists ... and we are not ones to tinker with tradition. Here are your Early Returns Top 10 most-read posts of 2015:

10) In 2008, Patrick Murphy was a Philadelphia-area Congressman and Barack Obama was the...

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Harrisburg Tree

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The GOP-led state legislature is ruining the holidays for everyone. They need to stop their war on the poor, disenfranchised and schools. 

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Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Hurricanes - 12-20-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Captain/center Sidney Crosby missed practice due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to keep going forward.” - Defenseman Brian Dumoulin on his team's five-game losing streak.

-The Associated Press' recap. "When you continue to try and improve your game and play the right way, it starts to turn. You may not get the result right away, but it does turn." - Head coach Mike Sullivan (above).

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls call.

-If you're wondering what goaltender Matt Murray looks like in a Penguins jersey, here you go:

-Sullivan and assistant coach Rick Tocchet appeared to have a one-way conversation:

-Crosby was focused on this puck:

-Left winger David Perron lost his lid battling with Hurricanes forward Brad Malone:

-Right winger Phil Kessel moved the puck up ice:

-Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was focused on this puck:

-Ward kicked out this puck:

-Hurricanes forward Joakmin Nordstom and Ward had a moment:

-Hurricanes coach Bill Peters apparently wanted to hang 10:

-Sullivan speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Center Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-Murray speaks:

-Right winger Daniel Sprong returns to Charlottetown while left winger Scott Wilson returns from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Left winger Chris Kunitz sure likes hitting.

-Goaltender Brian Foster made 30 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 shutout of the Syracuse Crunch.

-Highlights:

-Goaltender Franky Palazzese made 26 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-3 loss to the Quad City Mallards.

-After the Jump: Hall of Famer Dickie Moore dies.

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