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Kicking off ‘The Forge:’ West Michigan Ironmen podcast starts strong in Episode 1

Co-hosts Nate Smith and Mario Flores of the Ironmen welcome ‘Dreadlock Dreamboat’ Dyron White.

MUSKEGON — Legends Bar & Grille is a popular hangout for the West Michigan Ironmen after their arena football games at Mercy Health Arena.

It’s also home to a new Ironmen podcast called “The Forge.”

In the first episode, Ironmen head coach/general manager Nate Smith and owner Mario Flores welcome lineman Dyron White, aka the “Dreadlock Dreamboat.”

West Michigan Ironmen’s Dyron White poses for a portrait prior to the 2022 season. (Bethany McCullough | CatchMark)

Smith, Flores and White covered a variety of topics in the Ironmen’s maiden voyage in the podcast world.

The Ironmen are off to a 2-0 start after a pair of home victories: a 55-51 thriller over the Charlotte Thunder and 68-21 rout of the Central Illinois Royals. They hit the road this weekend and head south for a rematch against the Thunder.

Kickoff between West Michigan and Charlotte is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C.

Watch the CatchMark SportsNet video at the top of this story to see the podcast, which caps the first two weeks of the season and puts White to the test.

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