Nothing reminds Spongebob fans of sports quite like the Bubble Bowl. However, this year, over 1 million supporters have signed a petition for “Sweet Victory,” the iconic Spongebob song, to be played at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show. The petition was created to honor Stephen Hillenburg, Spongebob’s creator. Hillenburg passed away earlier this year from ALS, but has clearly touched many lives with his art.
For those not as well-versed in Spongebob as most ’90s kids, the song “Sweet Victory” was introduced in an episode called “Band Geeks.” In the episode, Squidward claimed he had a marching band to outshine his rival, Squilliam Fancyson. Nevertheless, Squidward is forced to put together a ragtag team of Spongebob and his friends to form the band. We got a bunch of great quotes from this episode, including “Is Mayonnaise an instrument?” The episode closes with the band showing Squilliam what they are made of in a suprise rendition of the infamous song,”Sweet Victory.”
As of now, Maroon 5 is the band slated to play at Super Bowl LIII this year. Travis Scott and Big Boi are on their current roster of guest stars for the show. But now, we can’t help but wonder: Is there a chance they’ll be getting a little help from Spongebob? We sure hope so! Not only would Spongebob shake up the show a bit, but this move has the potential to put Maroon 5 naysayers at bay.
If you somehow have not heard “Sweet Victory,” check out the song below. Maybe you can even watch “Band Geeks” to get the context and understand why Hillenburg was such a creative cartoonist! Also, APM Music, the company that owns the music from Spongebob, is donating part of the revenue from “Sweet Victory” to the ALS Association in Hillenburg’s honor. Don’t forget to head to Change.org to join the million hoping to continue Hillenburg’s legacy.
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