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What is a 'Ronza'?: Nebraska's favorite food gets shoutout on SportsCenter ahead of 'Runza Night'

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Runzas were featured in a Saturday morning segment of SportsCenter, June 8, 2019, ahead of Omaha Storm Chasers' "Runza Night" at Werner Park.

"What is a 'Ronza'?" 

This was the question of the minute Saturday morning during a SportsCenter segment on the Omaha Storm Chasers' "Runza Night" at Werner Park.

Morning hosts Ellen Duncan and Matt Barrie, both wearing the signature green and yellow Omaha Runzas jerseys, introduce the Midwest delicacy with all the fanfare you could hope for.

With "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" playing, Barrie explained that a Runza (pronouncing it 'Ron-za') is an "enclosed bun full of beef and cabbage, served by the regional fast food chain bearing the same name." 

The two then took a tour of all the "Ronza" merchandise and apparel available, including the fanny pack — or "Ronza holder" as Duncan calls it — that the first 1,000 to enter Werner Park will receive at tonight's game.

In the end, the duo are presented Runzas to try. Barrie can't wait. Duncan says no way.

Before taking a bite, Barrie finally pronounces Runza correctly in an original joke about the food possibly having an adverse affect on his digestive system, asking, "Is Matt going to get the 'Runzas,' if I eat the 'Ronza?'" 


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Later, on Twitter, the Omaha Runzas shared their excitement about the shoutout, tweeting:

"Tonight's our 2nd annual Runza Night, and what better way to start the day than with an appearance on @SportsCenter this morning! #HOMERUNZA."

The team followed it up by poking fun at the hosts' pronunciation, with photos of Ron Weasley from "Harry Potter" and Ron Swanson from "Parks and Recreation" both wearing Runza uniforms. 

Now those are some Ron-zas. Nailed it.

Michael Boehnlein is the Living and Money page designer as well as an online editor for the Omaha Word-Herald.

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