They say laughter is the best medicine, and there is scientific evidence to back it up. In 2005, University of Maryland cardiologist Dr. Michael Miller reported that provoking laughter did as much good for human arteries as aerobic activity. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali is a believer in the philosophy.
“I keep telling the guys, keep laughing and you’ll feel better, so I’ve been laughing,” Hali said on Tuesday. Humor appears to be the proper prescription for an ankle sprain diagnosis as well. Since his MRI to start the week, Tamba’s been healing rapidly.
No. 91 needed assistance getting to the sideline just two days prior to the comment in a game against the San Diego Chargers. He was carted to the locker room, did not return, and left the stadium on crutches. He returned the following day using just one of them, prompting coach Andy Reid to weigh in with a belly laugh of his own.
“He came in with one crutch, so we’re half way there,” Reid quipped.
With fellow linebacker and team sack leader Justin Houston looking very doubtful (dislocated elbow) for this weekend’s Denver Broncos game, the Chiefs really need Hali on the field. He has nine sacks, four forced fumbles, an interception, and two touchdowns for Kansas City’s defense this season.
On Wednesday, Tamba took part in the walk-through portion of the Chiefs’ practice, and is optimistic he’ll be ready to play against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The contest is for sole possession of the AFC West; the winner will be in good shape for a home field playoff run.
In their Week 11 loss at Denver, Kansas City’s defense and league-leading sack duo took a lot of social media ribbing for not even knocking the Broncos’ quarterback down, despite Manning suffering from an ankle injury. Hali’s and Houston’s toughness was publicly called into question.
If Hali’s presence on the field leads to a Chiefs victory this weekend, Dr. Miller may have another pulmonary phenomenon to study. A pandemic of “laughing my heart out” cases will break out in Kansas City.