A Change.org petition is seeking to honor the late Stephen Hillenburg (creator of SpongeBob SquarePants) in the best way possible, by having "Sweet Victory" sung at the 52nd Super Bowl in February. Hillenburg passed away last week at the age of 57 from ALS complications.
"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," reads the petition's description.
Since the campaign launched five days ago, nearly 600,000 fans have signed it. The ultimate goal is to get 1,000,000 signatures, and in the words of the porous yellow guy himself, they're "already halfway there!"
"Sweet Victory" first appeared in the 2001 episode "Band Geeks," which centered around Squidward attempting to upshow his bitter rival, Squilliam Fancyson, by turning a ragtag group of Bikini Bottom citizens into a professional band. Squilliam calls his bluff and books the "band" for the Bubble Bowl, an obvious parody of the Super Bowl.
In-fighting and incompetence nearly derail the charade, but SpongeBob takes the helm and whips everyone into shape. On the day of the Bubble Bowl, Squidward's fears are dispelled when the group performs an awesome Journey-esque rock ballad about winning, pleasing the crowd (of real-world humans) and causing Squilliam to have a heart attack and faint.
SpongeBob (usually voiced by Tom Kenny) was played by musician David Glen Eisley for this sequence.
The 2019 Super Bowl (LIII) will be held on February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Since the publication of this story, nearly one million people have signed the petition. Musicians, Cael Dadian and Kenny Tsao, put together a real live arrangement of "Sweet Victory," where mayonaise was indeed used as an instrument, a gag inspired by an iconic line uttered by Bill Fagerbakke's Patrick Star in "Band Geeks." The performance resulted in a news story from local Los Angeles news station, KTLA. Even Nickelodeon took notice.