Maroon 5's Super Bowl 'SpongeBob' Tribute Looks Like It's Actually Happening

New shots from rehearsal seem to confirm that Spongebob will be a part of the halftime show.

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The Super Bowl halftime show acts have been on the defensive for being involved with a league that's botched handling of player protests and allegedly blackballed of Colin Kaepernick. After canceling their press conference, Maroon 5's way around of the criticism seems to be a SpongeBob SquarePants

A popular petition posted in the wake of the death of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenberg asked the NFL to play the stadium song "Sweet Victory" at the halftime show. Maroon 5 nodded toward the idea in their promo video of the performance. They weren't bluffing, according to some surreptitious shots of their rehearsal.

CONFIRMED: @JWilliamsWDEF and I can verify that #SpongeBob WILL BE USED during the Pepsi Halftime Show!

We can hear @maroon5 practicing right now.

— Angela Moryan (@SidelineStormer) January 30, 2019

Caught a peek of @SpongeBob while @maroon5 rehearsed for #SBLIII at the @MBStadium #SweetVictory

— Jamal St. Cyr (@JStCyrTV) January 31, 2019

For the uninitiated, "Sweet Victory" is a lighters-in-the-sky stadium jam that SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom Super Band stunned an audience with in the episode "Band Geeks." After failing to cohere as a unit under Squidward's direction, Spongebob rallies the group at the last minute to put on a jaw-dropping arena rock song and help his long-suffering neighbor save face. 

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Thousands supported the fan petition given the appropriateness of the track for a championship game and Hillenberg's passing. Maroon 5 clearly heard the call and it looks like they'll take Atlanta on a trip to Bikini Bottom during their set.

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