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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog FRIENDS OF COAL BOWL - Blenko Connection

Hilary,
Can you tell us about the Friends of Coal Bowl?  I understand Blenko designed a trophy for this game.
Margie Hale
Margie,
Blenko designed  see photo at ( arlon Baylis  www.arlonbaylis.com a trophy for the Marshall WVU basketball. HOWEVER  WVU and Marshall no longer compete in Football or Basketball.
I'm reissuing a post from the past about the Friends of Coal Bowl.  This trophy was designed at Fenton Glass. 
HJH
if you need additional info contact me at theblenkoproject@aol.com




The Friends of Coal Bowl is an annual college football game played between the West Virginia University Mountaineers and the Marshall University Thundering Herd. The game is sponsored by the Friends of Coal, a coal industry trade group. Planned to be a seven year series, the Friends of Coal Bowl was organized by the West Virginia Coal Association at the urging of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.
The first game of the series was played in Morgantown, West Virginia at Mountaineer Field on September 2, 2006 and was won by the Mountaineers 42-10. The location for the game will alternate every year between Morgantown and Huntington, West Virginia where Marshall plays at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The trophy awarded to the winning team is called the Governor's Cup. It will be presented by the West Virginia Governor and housed at the university which wins the annual matchup. Made completely in West Virginia, the trophy is made of a carbon base, a glass pedestal, and football-shaped piece of coal enclosed in glass. It was designed by Rick Mogielski. There is a BLENKO GLASS CONNECTION - FENTON GLASS worker Mr. Fetty who at one time worked at BLENKO GLASS came out of retirement to supervise the making of the glass football - (Mr. Fetty and Mr. Shorty Finley have maintained a life long friendship since their days at Blenko Glass). The GLASS WORKERS of WV - most especially the very talented ones all know one another, they admire each other and learn from one another. Mr. Fetty is known to be one of the very best. A former BLENKO GLASS man, now a retired FENTON GLASS man. Always a WEST VIRGINIA GLASS MAN. THOSE COAL PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO MAKE A TROPHY REALLY SPECIAL!!!
History
Despite both teams being from the state of West Virginia, hard feelings and politics kept the teams from playing for the most part. Teams from West Virginia University and Marshall University had only played 5 previous times before the beginning of this series in 2006.
The '97 match-up is often thought of as the start of "hard feelings" between the two schools. When Marshall moved to Division 1A in 1997 their first game was against WVU. WVU jumped out to a 28-3 lead in the first half. Marshall led that game 31-28 going to the fourth quarter with Randy Moss leading the show. However, two touchdowns in the final quarter gave WVU the victory. At that point, bad blood arose between the two administrations WVU claims Marshall backed out of 3 future games. Marshall claims they were never scheduled. The schools couldn't come to an agreement to play again. Former Marshall head coach Bob Pruett tried to get the WVU Administration to agree to a series, but WVU stood by their stance of wanting 3 out of 4 games to be played in Morgantown, while Marshall demanded 1 out of every 3 be played in Huntington. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin got the schools together and hashed out the current format which includes four games in Morgantown, two in Huntington, and the remaining game will be decided by who wins two out of the first three games. The fair settlement finally got the only two Division 1A schools in the state playing together.
West Virginia won the first match-up of the new series 42-10 in 2006, and the next one in Huntington 48-23 in 2007. WVU will host the game in 2008 then again in 2009 by virtue of winning two of the first three games in the series.
Thank you to WEBMASTER STEVE for the WIKI INFO:
Thanks to Paul J for photo of Friends of Coal Bowl Trophy

20 comments:

saltonannu said...

Someday I expect to read "Man Walks On Moon, PHD Dentist Homburg says Blenko Glass is Involved".

bridgett said...

Can you arrange for a photo of the trophy?

Anonymous said...

Sent a photo of trophy that a 64K computer should be able to upload.
Paul J.

Anonymous said...

you are a very pale woman... with a strange dedication to glass...

Hillary J Homburg said...

Bridgett a photo of the Friends of Coal Bowl Trophy is posted thanks to our blogger friend Paul.
hjh

Anonymous said...

you are a very pale woman... with a strange dedication to glass...

12:13 PM, September 25, 2008

Seethe above comment. It was anonymous 9/25 12:13pm
I am just catching up with blogs today.
My initial comment was going to commend Sol on his good behavior
is this comment his work Hilary?
Wonderful News Roxie's Baby Girl.
What do you hear from Ram, Annu, Susie, WV Janis, Car Girl, Rosie, Holly? When people don't comment or you (Hilary) dont write of them we are left to ponder.
Mountain Rita
I don't care for football so you can cut this part out for me and from the looks of the comments most of your readers do not.

Anonymous said...

Count me another non-football fan. For those unhappy with the cost of logo items, have you ever priced Disney or other branded items? The owner of the brand makes lots of money selling their name, and we buyers are paying it! The manufacturer of said items doesn't make much at all. When I buy an item like the school things, I consider it a donation to the school. At least then I don't mind quite so much paying a huge sum for it!
Since coming back from WV a month ago, when I've been home, I've been trying to whip my yard into shape to see where I can safely put some Blenko. It certainly won't be as cool as the photo's of your parents yard Hillary, no koi. I'm trying to get a woodchuck to move out (I live in the city!), he would probably want to eat them. Anyone want a pet?
Car Girl

westvirginiajanis said...

Thanks Mountain Rita for thinking of the "regulars."
I have not been blogging much lately. It takes time; life takes time...

Hillary keeps me informed about so many happenings and issues in WV that I will never complain about the non-Blenko posts, although, I can see that some of the posts (like WV football) would not appeal to people in other states.

Also, in most cases, I avoid things with writing on them-- bumper stickers, t-shirts, souvenir items-- so the WV/Marshall Blenko doesn't move me. Certain posts inspire me to comment more than others. But, it is nice to know we are missed.

Kinda like "Cheers" everyone knows your name.....

WV Janis

westvirginiajanis said...

Thanks Mountain Rita for thinking of the "regulars."
I have not been blogging much lately. It takes time; life takes time...

Hillary keeps me informed about so many happenings and issues in WV that I will never complain about the non-Blenko posts, although, I can see that some of the posts (like WV football) would not appeal to people in other states.

Also, in most cases, I avoid things with writing on them-- bumper stickers, t-shirts, souvenir items-- so the WV/Marshall Blenko doesn't move me. Certain posts inspire me to comment more than others. But, it is nice to know we are missed.

Kinda like "Cheers" everyone knows your name.....

WV Janis

lewisdvmphd said...

NOT SOL!
Hilary I'm certain this 'Catty' remark was from a female reader. Maybe you are seeing someones boyfriend? Men don't make remarks like this. I must defend my friend, when he returns from Spain with a newly tan body he will defend himself.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Car girl
I wish we lived in the same town,
we could do road trips to Vintage Car Shows together!
You always sound like so much fun, next year we have to try to find a way to actually spend time together maybe we can kidnap richard and make him take us to lunch w/o everyone else.
hjh

Hillary J Homburg said...

Mountain Rita
I don't know how 'everyne' is and part of the fault is mine.
My SPAM BLOCKER has been working so well - I get NO EMAIL!
We think it maybe fixed. Only known names / IP addresses seem to make it in.
Roxie's daughter had the Baby.
Annu is going to join some ashrum?
Ram is busy with work, Susie is also busy with children and work, Holly is always looking for Blenko, Ravi reads when he can and remains in the midwest. Gosh I can't remember any other news! You all have to keep one another up to date!
I'm overwhelmed with teeth!
hjh

Hillary J Homburg said...

RE: PALE WOMAN WHO HAS STRANGE DEDICATION TO GLASS.
I've had much Worse said about me. I'm OK, let it slide. Doesn't matter to me who said.
I AM PALE, I do not tan, even self tanners balk in my presence.
hjh

saltonannu said...

'you christians' are so amusing. I am not joining anything. Visiting, waiting, seeking.
learning gods plan for us
goal of life
a.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Jayant
I do not know the people who comment here. Readers come and go the persons you seek may or may not be the person commenting on Heart of Glass.
hjh

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Hillary. Sorry for the bother.

Best regards,
Jayant

sweetdoc said...

Salton
Me think 'Homburg' is Jewish
and as a group we don't like being called any more than you as muslim would like to be called a christian.
Now back to glass.

Anonymous said...

Hilary" I know you said let the
statement go
this is for the maker of the statement and for those angry at his/her ignorance"
PS I love my pale lilly white skin, and avoid the sun. Sue
"Do not mock anything God has created. All creation is simple, plain and good. And God is present throughout his creation. Why do you ever consider things beneath your notice? God's justice is to be found in every detail of what he has made. The human race alone is capable of injustice. Human beings alone are capable of disobeying God's laws, because they try to be wiser than God." - Scivas 1.2.29

Anonymous said...

Wow Hills you have pick up some crazys since I was here last.
Joe McIntyre

Anonymous said...

Homburg
These words waiting for my
girl in Cleveland
are from a R&R song
we are playing with you.
Jayant