THE MILESTONE EPISODE: Celebrating the pod's five-year anniversary and JP's 40th birthday


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Get ready for one of the more special Washington Football Talks to exist, and that's saying something, because a LOT of Washington Football Talks exist. Anyways... this is a huge week for the show; Sep. 6 marked its five-year anniversary, and a few days from now, the man who started it all — JP Finlay — is celebrating a momentous birthday. So, in order to commemorate both events, Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey rounded up a bunch of very important people to pay tribute to both the podcast as well as its Day 1 host. After all of those messages conclude, you'll then hear a few pieces of old content from the program's early, early, early days (which features our dear friend Rich Tandler). And then, at the end, JP reacts to the surprise. If you like podcasts that are five years old and are taking a moment to reflect on that, then this is the episode for you.

*Here's a list of everyone who participated in this installment*

The Finlay family...Ron Rivera, WFT... Terry McLaurin, WFT... Maury Povich, major celeb/WFT fan... Brian Mitchell, legend... Tress Way, WFT/Best punter in the NFL... Deshazor Everett, WFT… Andi Tandler, wife of the beloved Rich Tandler (plus Skeeter, Andi’s perfect pooch)...John Keim, ESPN/master meat smoker...Bob Biagi, Ourisman Automotive of Virginia… Mike Wargo, tremendous NBC exec/former boss of JP… Greg Abernathy (aka Weird Greg), NBC Sports Washington photographer/genius… Chris Kerwin, NBC4 photographer/occasional podcast host… Heather McDonough, NBC4 sports producer/part-time poet… Michael Phillips, Richmond-Times Dispatch/Chief Richmond Correspondent for the WFT Pod… Sean DeBarbieri, WFT Director of Football Comms/all-around solid dude… Charlie Mule, WFT Comms Coordinator/former hockey standout… Matt “Matty Clickz” Doolin, NBC Sports Washington shot-caller… Darryl Johnson, NBC Sports Washington photographer… Sam Fortier, Washington Post reporter… Les “Scribbles” Carpenter, Washington Post reporter (FYI, he’s drinking coffee and toasted JP, but you can’t see it cuz this is a podcast)… Ben Standig, The Athletic… Matt Paras, The Washington Times… Stephen Whyno, Associated Press… Tim Shovers, former Pod producer/audio wizard… The Ourisman Fairfax of Toyota band… Tony Wyllie, former WFT head of PR… Dalton Ross, Entertainment Weekly/WFT fan… Jimmy Patsos, NBC Sports Washington/college basketball coach… Nina Mandell, NBC Sports Washington… Dalton Ray, iconic former WFT PR member… Chuck Honey, WFT Pod Mt. Rushmore listener… Jay Blount, WFT Pod Mt. Rushmore listener… Danny, Susan and Rachel Frank, Mt. Rushmore listeners... Joe Cervone, NBC Sports Washington/one of the best guys you’ll ever meet… Ajay Atayee, ESPN/shoe collector… George Wallace, WTOP.

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