When it was first announced that Maroon 5 would be performing during this year’s Super Bowl Half Time Show, it felt like the most blasé choice possible. But thanks to some good old fashioned online petitioning, it may turn out to be the most exciting Half Time performance since Prince, as it is looking more and more likely that Adam Levine and the rest of the band will be joined by none other than SpongeBob Squarepants.
How exactly can a cartoon anthropomorphic sponge play at a football game? Well, it all began with the death of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg back in November, as fans of the beloved show created a petition to have the song “Sweet Victory”, which was performed by SpongeBob and friends in the episode “Band Geeks”, played at this year’s Super Bowl.
At first, it seemed like a pipe dream but the petition received over a million signatures and fans began to wonder if this tribute was actually possible. And these rumors really gain steam when Maroon 5 tweeted out a preview clip of their performance that included a brief glimpse of the lovable sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
IT’S HAPPENING. SWEET VICTORY AT THE SUPER BOWL. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THIS IS NOT A DRILL! https://t.co/9usT88smiJ
— Patrick Smith???? (@TheSmithPlays) January 28, 2019
Then, to further fuel the speculative fire, news anchor Jamal N. Williams revealed that he had caught a sneak peek of Mr. SquarePants and other Bikini Bottom residents during Maroon 5’s rehearsal.
— Jamal N. Williams (@JWilliamsWDEF) January 31, 2019
So what does all of this mean? Considering that special guests have become the norm of Super Bowl performances, it’s hard to imagine that SpongeBob won’t show up on screen (or via hologram) to deliver an epic rendition of “Sweet Victory” to pay tribute to the man who created him. And that means that this is a performance absolutely nobody should miss, even if it means having to watch Tom Brady win another fucking Super Bowl.