Yes, sports fans, you heard correctly. Those petitioners begging the Super Bowl to honor the late SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg (who died last year of complications resulting from ALS) have succeeded: They aired the intro for "Sweet Victory."
The inspirational song, from fan-favorite episode "Band Geeks," was sung by the undersea cartoon crew when they joined a marching band to help Squidward save face. If you were a kid (or an animation fan) back in 2001, you've heard this song:
It was no Bubble Bowl, but what is? Maroon 5, along with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi, opened it up, but the introduction and half-hearted mashup will have to do for fans.
Shouting out this wonderful, never-give-up anthem (originally sung by David Glen Eisley) to pay tribute to the childhood-changing TV creator made hundreds of thousands of fans happy, and was far more memorable than the rest of the game (or at least the first half).