Of leukemia at age 71, Foge Fazio, who coached Dan Marino at Pitt and later was a defensive coordinator for two NFL teams. The Panthers' defensive coordinator for three consecutive 11--1 seasons under Jackie Sherrill, Fazio was promoted to head coach at his alma mater in 1982 when Sherrill left for Texas A&M. His first team, featuring Marino, was ranked No. 1 in the preseason and started 7--0 but limped to a 9--3 finish. Fazio—whose given name was Serafino Dante Fazio but was called Foge because that was how he pronounced fudge as a child—was fired after four seasons with a 25-18-3 record, but he went on to have a lengthy career as an NFL assistant.
At age 69 of lung failure, Tim McKernan (left), who became one of the NFL's most recognizable fans after he started wearing an orange barrel to Broncos games. McKernan first dressed up in a barrel, cowboy boots, cowboy hat and little else in 1977, after betting his brother $10 he could get on TV. Despite occasionally serious health issues, McKernan, a former airline mechanic, missed only four games in 30 years before retiring the barrel in a ceremony at Invesco Field in 2007.
By two Chinese grandmasters, their third-round matches at the World Chess Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, after they showed up late because they were taking a cigarette break. One of the players, Wang Yue, expressed regret over the incident, especially the disqualification of his friend Li Chao, who only took up smoking to keep Wang company during the tournament. When asked if the incident might convince him to quit smoking, Wang said, "I don't think so. After such a shock, you only think to take a long smoke."