7:17 PM PDT, June 13, 2012
Regina Potocnie Makhoul has a new job this summer and it's taking her away from her usual duties as assignment editor and reporter for Service Electric Cable's nightly "Sports Scene" program.
She gave birth to twin boys, Mazin and Xavier, on June 5.
Mazin and mother were released from the hospital on Saturday and after Xavier spent some extra time in the Natal Intensive Care Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the entire family was enjoying its first full day at home on Wednesday.
"The twins are doing really good and already we see that they have very different personalities," Regina said. "Mazin looks exactly like my husband [George] and Xavier looks like a mixture of my brothers. One is very serious and the other is kind of crazy, always moving his arms and head. We laugh at them all day long."
Regina said that she's getting a lot of family support and her SECTV family has checked in as well.
"They had an office pool going and some were trying to get me to deliver much earlier," she said. "It was fun around work to have that going on for a couple of weeks. Annette Long from accounting was the big winner."
Regina loves to work, loves the local sports scene and hates to be away from the action. In fact, she was still working three days before giving birth, covering a Steelhawks indoor football game at Stabler Arena.
"I just wanted to stay busy and not think about things too much," she said. "Everybody was so nice, so protective."
She is planning to return to work in September in time for the start of the new football season.
"I'm adjusting to a new life right now," she said. "I think Tuesday night was the first time we even turned a TV on in over a week. When we were in the hospital, we never thought about turning it on because we were so consumed by other things. We didn't even know who won the Celtics-Heat series, which is so odd for us. We usually keep up on that stuff.
"But we finally got to watch SportsCenter on Tuesday night and catch up on some things. It was good to get back in touch with reality."
Regina said she will miss the local sports scene for the next few months, but is glad she is not missing the high school sports beat — saying "it's what I really love most about the job."
"It's going to be weird not being out there, but Al DiCarlo is still sending me the show list every night so I can see what they're covering every night. I have Sports Scene DVR'd every night, too. So, if I can't see it live, I can still watch it when I can."
Her husband is an assistant football coach at Whitehall, but he, too, will be back in time for next season.
Meanwhile, they're both ready for the diapers, late-night feedings and all of the good stuff that comes with parenthood.
"With George graduating in 1998 from Whitehall and me in '99, we've got two Little Zephs in our house and a lot of maroon and gold stuff," she said.
For a look at the Mazin, Xavier and the entire family, see the Groller's Corner blog.
DID YOU KNOW?
HBO will be airing a rerun of the controversial Pacquiao-Bradley fight on Saturday night at 10 and replay it again Sunday morning at 9:45. The fight may not have been fair, but then again boxing has always thrived on controversy and the sport has received more banter this week than the rest of the of year combined.
Speaking of boxing, the NBC Sports Network will re-air its coverage of the first fight card inside the Sands Event Center on June 15 at 9 p.m. The coverage included the welterweight title-win by Bethlehem's Ronald Cruz.
And speaking of controversy, Jim Rome delivered what the CBS Sports Network wanted with his heated cable TV interview with NBA commissioner David Stern.
Rome asked if the NBA draft lottery was fixed. Stern answered by saying, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"
The banter went on, growing more contentious before Stern ended the interview by saying: "I have to go call somebody important now, Stephen A. Smith."
Rome later said that Stern's response was a rhetorical device.
"A lot of people don't know that phrase ('Have you stopped beating your wife yet?'). They didn't know where he was going. I understood it. I didn't take great offense to it. I didn't agree with it."
KEITH'S CAN'T MISS ... The U.S. Open golf tournament has a number of compelling story lines. Coverage begins Thursday on both ESPN and NBC.
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