Spongebob Squarepants fans upset at Maroon 5's Super Bowl Halftime Show 2 years ago

Spongebob Squarepants fans upset at Maroon 5's Super Bowl Halftime Show

To be honest, the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII was (or should have been) a welcome break

By the end of the second quarter in Atlanta only three points had been posted, all of them to the New England Patriots, who took a slender lead over the Los Angeles Rams to the locker rooms.


Those inside the Mercedes-Benz  Stadium - along with hundreds of millions at home -were in need of a few minutes' distraction from a painfully dull first half.

Maroon 5 were tasked with providing it, though their halftime show performance, which featured cameos from Travis Scott and Outkast's Big Boi, didn't go down too well.

One of the highlights(?) was a special tribute to Spongebob Squarepants, with a short clip of Sweet Victory - the song performed  by the cast of the Nickelodeon cartoon in an episode from 2001 - featured during the halftime show.  That much-loved episode, named 'Band Geeks' sees Squidward tricked into forming a marching band for the Bubble Bowl, a parody of the Super Bowl.

Fans of the show have tried to get a performance of Sweet Victory included in the Super Bowl half-time show for years without success. This year, however, following the death of the show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, a petition requesting Maroon 5 perform it passed 1million signatures.

As it went, Maroon 5 didn't actually perform it, despite lots of people seeming to think they would. They did, however, include a brief tribute clip - though this didn't stop the obvious disappointment of Spongebob/ general meme fans the world over.