Could SpongeBob have a sweet victory at the Super Bowl?

Maroon 5 might be the biggest musical act in the world that nobody really likes (aside from maybe Coldplay). But the band has a chance to redeem itself Sunday during the Super Bowl halftime show.

More than 1 million people are calling on the band to use one of music’s biggest stages to do some good: Perform SpongeBob SquarePants’ “Sweet Victory” in honor of the cartoon’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg, who died in November.

The “Sweet Victory” song comes from an all-time great SpongeBob episode, “Band Geeks,” in which SpongeBob and Co. perform inside a giant aquarium at the Bubble Bowl — the show’s version of a Super Bowl.

Let’s take a look at the legendary scene:

Sure, the 1 million-plus petition is just a campaign. But, as CBS Sports notes, there’s reason to believe the band (can you call Maroon 5 a “band?”) might actually play the song:

• Rodger Bumpass, who voices Squidward Tentacles on SpongeBob, is reportedly introducing the Super Bowl halftime show.

• Maroon 5 shared a commercial for their set and it included a flash of a SpongeBob scene:

• The site of the Super Bowl shared this GIF from the “Band Geeks” episode soon after Hillenburg’s death:

• Vegas bookies say the odds favor Maroon 5 performing the song, CBS Sports reports.

Maroon 5 already stirred enough controversy for taking the gig.

At least play the SpongeBob song, guys.

  • MrE85

    This could be bigger than Prince’s halftime show.

    • Rob

      I always thought of Prince as somewhat of a cartoon character (in a good way), so your comparison is more than apt.

  • Rob

    Now if SpongeBob took a knee, that would really be something!

  • Jeff

    I nominate Imagine Dragons as another band I don’t get why they’re so popular.

    • Rob

      Also Muse.

      • QuietBlue

        I think I like Muse because I have a thing for prog-rocky power trios with a bombastic sound. They’re like a third-generation Rush.

        I like ID because again, big powerful sound, plus I find their earnestness and optimism refreshing. They can really craft a good anthem. Plus, I’ve seen them live, and they deliver there too.

        But as for Maroon 5, I have no strong feelings towards them either way. I find a few of their songs catchy in a generic pop way, but that’s about it.

        • Jeff

          I saw ID live also when they played at the Varsity. I thought they were entertaining but I had trouble finding much original or exciting in their music. They’re not bad, I just don’t understand why they’re so big.

    • MeGaNiNjA

      Imagine Dragons was the video game music + songs played in sports event

  • QuietBlue

    They sure sell a lot of albums and concert tickets for a band that supposedly nobody likes.

    • Rob

      You must not be familiar with the concept that there is no accounting for taste.

  • MarkUp

    All will be forgiven if and only if Adam Levine plays mayonnaise as an instrument.

    • VeraDico

      or horseradish

  • RBHolb

    I always thought it was unfair that she took all the blame for that. After all, it’s not like she groped herself.

  • Gary F

    Bring back Up with People or ballroom dancing.

  • AmiSchwab

    maroon who? one word. prince.

  • JamieHX

    I’ve never heard of Maroon 5.

  • Jack

    So, did they play it?