SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg sadly passed away at 57 years old earlier this week, after a battle with ALS. Fans have been mourning his passing all week, and Nickelodeon has been running marathons in tribute. Fans however have a different tribute in mind.
A new petition in Change.org that has already amassed over 300,000 signatures (and counting) is asking that the NFL play the song "Sweet Victory" by David Eisley at this years halftime show. Why that song you may ask? Well, those of you who are not cool and have never seen the classic SponngeBob episode "Band Geeks", I will tell you why. In the episode, Squidward recieves a call from his rival Squilliam Fancyson. He is bragging about being a successful band leader, and Squidward lies and tells him he fronts a marching band. Knowing he is lying, Squilliam offers to let Squidward and his band play halftime of the Bubble Bowl, the underwater Super Bowl. Panicking, Squidward turns to SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, Partick, Plankton, and others to quickly form a band. Disaster and hilarity ensues, and the big day arrives. As Squidward nervously begins to conduct, this happens:
As some of you may or may not know, Stephen Hillenburg—the creator of Spongebob Sqaurepants—has passed away recently. As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children, and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for Sweet Victory to be performed at the Halftime Show.
Look, not everyone finds this funny. I get that. But SpongeBob has been an important show to many, many families and this would be not only an awesome tribute to from all accounts a great human being, it would also give the NFL some kind of positive press for once. It would show that they actually have a soul.
Maroon 5 will be the Halftime Show band this year, and I can totally see them doing this. Sign the petition here, and hopefully in February with the world watching we can all take a moment to honor a man who brought more joy to the world than we could ever repay him.