What do you do at 2:00 a.m.?

Yesterday, I posted the 2014 Super Bowl Budweiser commercial with a puppy, a Clydesdale and a man and woman, which reminded me of the movie Baby Boom and that caught another post. All of which resulted in a nice evening, a kind of cheerful, laugh-filled night. It got me to thinking of another Budweiser commercial involving a Clydesdale youngster with grand ambitions, so I went looking for it, as ya do, right?

Turns out there is quite a history around the Budweiser Clydesdales, extraordinary training for these commercials, and that they’ve been participating in the Super Bowls for 28 years. For anyone curious or just up at 2:00 a.m., there’s a Nightline story around the breeding and training, as well as there’s a 9 minute video on the training for the actual stunts in the commercials, which only made sense after I watched many of the Budweiser commercials over the last several years involving the Clydesdales, Dalmatian puppies who grow into adulthood, one baby goat who grow up to be a streaker, a donkey whose life ambition is to be a Clydesdale, and a zebra who acts as a referee at one of the Clydesdale football games between two teams of Clydesdales. I kid you not.

One features a Clydesdale who gets passed over for the actual hitch team. “Maybe next year, Hank.” When the Rocky theme breaks loose, they’ve got you:

There is even one honoring New York after 9/11 where the horses kneel in memory. When you watch ’em all together, one right after another, it is like looking through the pages of a family album.

The Jacksonville.com did “A Look back: Budweiser Clydesdale in Super Bowl Commercials” (Compiled by Tom Szaroleta/The Times-Union) located here. Last year’s was excellent, but that little guy still catches my heart strings:

36 thoughts on “What do you do at 2:00 a.m.?

  1. Hunt, at 2am your time and 5am at my time, I am most likely getting ready to rollover and stubble out of bed or just maybe rollover. But commercials are not on my mind. But having viewed your post before bed last night, it caused many a fond memory of the Bud commercials. In particular I always enjoyed the snowball fight one between the young and the old, which was solved with the older Clydesdales just shook the tree and buried the youngsters. Have a great day, take care. Bill


  2. Simply WONDERFUL, Huntie! I remember, now, about those particular Clydesdales; I’ve seen some of them before in clips – not ad.s, but bits of footage. They must be the most magnificant creatures on four hooves. Makes me want to cry, such beauty,


  3. At 2:00 am? Walking around the yard at night in the snow or rain heat, singing badly on the back steps, sitting and watching the night creatures go about their lives and in no fear of me because they are used to me, researching stuff on the net but nothing as cool as the Clydesdales and the commercials. I remember that special commercial after 9/11. I sat there and cried like a baby. I still say it is one of the best commercials – ever.


  4. I just saw that commercial the other day. Loved it. Love those Clydesdales. Budweiser sure knows how to tug at the heartstrings: I’ve even teared up at some of their more poignant spots. Do you remember last year’s big Superbowl spot?? That one definitely made me cry a little. 🙂


    • Ah, this year’s one (see an earlier post about it) is a continuation, part 2, of last year’s – same guy – what a gorgeous guy! And so was every other cast member – human, dog, horse… All good!


      • Oh, that’s the same guy who was sad because he had to leave his horse and then the horse came chasing after him as his truck was driving away?? I didn’t realize it was the same guy! Yeah, you’re so right: gorgeous guy! Yeah, I could ride his horse…
        Oh Lord, that didn’t come out right … Or maybe it did…but you know what I mean. Oh geez. I’m gonna shut up now 🙂


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