Keyshawn Johnson woke the coach to keep the scintillating conversation going.
The video of the incident includes elements you'd expect when something like this happens: awkwardness, surprise and a bit of humor.
Chris "Boomer" Berman had just taken the conversation back into the Bristol, Connecticut studio from Josina Anderson on location at the site of the N.Y. Jets vs. Miami Dolphins game.
The lovely ESPN reporter was droning on about Jets QB Geno Smith and the system he ran in college and how "resilient" he has had to be during this season.
Then it was thrown back to Bristol and Berman did what he had to do to get the discussion back to the panel full of bombastic ex-pros.
Keyshawn and Boomer were joined as usual by Cris Carter and Tom Jackson. But it was Key who was in the perfect position next to Coach Ditka to take action to avoid a situation that could have been more embarrassing.
Here's something to consider; the show is too long and is no longer compelling if it ever was.
This was not the first time Mike seemed to "rest his eyes" a bit behind his big black eyeglasses. Last week, it was Keyshawn orating right next to the coach that did the trick Check out the video posted above.
It's the show. It's not Ditka. The guy is 74 and still raring to go on cue. Remember his rousing speech a couple of weeks ago during the half-time of a Bears game at Soldier Field?
It was freezing-your-butt-off cold and Ditka was accepting an award at mid-field, without a hat and his usual attitude.
It's the show.