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Just days after the death of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, dedicated fans of the series hope to spark a tribute emulating one of the show’s most iconic episodes.

While the series birthed dozens and dozens of epic episodes, none of them compare to the “Band Geeks” episode, in which Spongebob and friends form a marching band in order to show up Squidward’s high school rival, Squilliam Fancyson. After a terrible start, the group comes together to perform a rousing rendition of the song “Sweet Victory” at the Bikini Bottom Bubble Bowl.

In honor of the character’s late creator, Spongebob fans started a petition to have “Sweet Victory” performed at the Super Bowl in February.

“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,” the petition reads.

“It’s a hugely inspirational song that I listen to when working out and boosting confidence, but besides that I want it played at the Super Bowl to honor the man who gave us one of the greatest and most quotable cartoons of all time,” one user wrote as his reason for signing. “His legacy should be honored for all the laughs and smiles his precious creation gave us both as children and as adults.”

The petition originally asked for 500,000 signatures, and it had earned more than 475,000 by Sunday afternoon, just five days after it was created. It even got a boost from Bob Kulick, a Grammy-winning producer who worked on the song for the episode, when he shared the tweet to his followers.

Maroon 5 is currently scheduled to perform at this year’s halftime show, but here’s to hoping they can squeeze in a second performance.

h/t ABC7 Chicago

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