Ooops: Sportscaster Mike Ditka Caught Asleep on the Air on ESPN

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December 30, 2013 1:21pm PST

Mike Ditka was so bored with what was being said on ESPN on the December 29 broadcast of ESPN’s Countdown that he fell asleep. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be a big deal. But this time Ditka was right there on the air when he did it! Ooops.

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Mike Ditka, the now 74-year-old former football coach turned ESPN sportscaster, must be about ready to stay home and enjoy his golden years. Right on the air during an ESPN panel appearance, Ditka fell asleep and had to be roused by another member of the panel.

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ESPN had gone live to Josina Anderson, who was reporting live from outside the Dolphins locker room, and after her report the cameras to the studio were snapped back on.

Apparently “Da Coach” wasn’t ready.

That is when fellow panel member Keyshawn Johnson noticed that “Da Coach” was taking a little naparino, right there, live on the air.

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Johnson casually reached over and jiggled Ditka’s elbow causing the elder sportsman to snap awake.

This isn’t the first time that someone fell asleep on the air. You may recall back in September when Tucker Carlson fell asleep in his seat on the air at Fox News.

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I know I am in the minority, but I agree with Ditka. Sports makes me fall asleep. What do you guys think? Tell us below.

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