Everyone is gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday. In addition to the game itself, the snack spreads and the commercials, there’s also the halftime show to look forward to. Maroon 5 is set to headline, and fans are petitioning the band to include a special song in their set.
The petition on Change.org asks that the band play “Sweet Victory” from the popular animated show “SpongeBob Squarepants” in tribute to Stephen Hillenburg, the show’s creator, who died in November 2018. So far, more than 1 million people have signed it.
In the show, the song is performed by SpongeBob with a marching band at the Bubble Bowl, the equivalent of the Super Bowl within the universe of the show. It happens in an episode from season 2. Check it out in the clip below:
So far, Maroon 5 has not officially responded to the petition. However, on Jan. 13, they posted a promo video for their half-time appearance on Twitter, and at one point, an image of SpongeBob flashes across the screen. Fans hope that may be an indication that Maroon 5 plans to honor their request. Check it out:
— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) January 13, 2019
There have been other indications on social media that the request from fans may come to fruition. On Dec. 12, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is hosting this year’s Super Bowl, tweeted out a SpongeBob gif. There was no accompanying caption:
— MercedesBenzStadium (@MBStadium) December 12, 2018
There’s even a prop bet on whether or not “Sweet Victory” will be played during the halftime show. So far, the odds are looking pretty good!
On Jan. 30, sports reporter Angela Moryan claimed on Twitter that “Sponge Bob” would, in fact, make an appearance at the big game:
CONFIRMED: @JWilliamsWDEF and I can verify that #SpongeBob WILL BE USED during the Pepsi Halftime Show!
— Angela Moryan (@SidelineStormer) January 30, 2019
“CONFIRMED: @JWilliamsWDEF and I can verify that #SpongeBob WILL BE USED during the Pepsi Halftime Show!” she wrote alongside a slice of an image that’s clearly SpongeBob and his starfish bestie, Patrick. “We can hear @maroon5 practicing right now,” she added.
Hmm, she makes it sound pretty likely! Do you hope that a “SpongeBob”-Super Bowl mashup comes to fruition?