On Monday the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, Stephen Hillenburg died aged 57.
The hilarious yellow sponge from Bikini Bottom had brought joy and laughter to millions of people of all ages since its TV debut in 1999.
In a mark of respect and as a fitting way to honour Hillenburg, a SpongeBob fan has set up an ambitious petition to get a song from the show played at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show.
Israel Colunga launched the petition asking the NFL to play a rendition of the song 'Sweet Victory' which comes from the second season episode 'Band Geeks' where SpongeBob and his friends perform the rousing power ballad at the 'Bubble Bowl'
Colunga wrote in the petition's description:
As some of you may or may not know, Stephen Hillenburg—the creator of SpongeBob Sqaurepants—has passed away recently.
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.
If you aren't aware of the song here is a clip of the song (from Nickelodeon's Dutch YouTube channel) and we agree that it is an absolute banger!
These sort of petitions rarely take off and are often dismissed as just a bit of fun but somehow it has caught the internet's imagination and has already amassed over 160,000 signatures at the time of writing and appears to be well on its way to its goal of 200,000.
Should it reach that total it's possible that the NFL would consider playing it but it's unlikely that the original singer David Glen Eisley would get to sing it as Maroon 5 have already been assigned to the gig, a decision that is not without its own controversy.
Performing at the Super Bowl halftime show is a huge deal as millions of people around the world are likely to see it so if and while we are sure that Maroon 5 would do a decent job, performing 'Sweet Victory' would make it just that little bit better.