The NFL halftime show is something that will forever go straight over my head and I’m more or less fine with that.
I’m an Englishman and not one of these thousands of modern ones who appear to have popped up out of nowhere in the last few years who have taken a shining to American Footbal (i.e. one of the kids who were no good at football or Rugby during school) so NFL and college football are completely lost on me.
The rules don’t make sense and the game seems to have none of the nuance that any other big sports have. It’s just a series of plays where you’re either attacking or defending with absolutely non free-form nature to it or improvisation. Obviously this is all an opinion and I could be totally wrong, but it just doesn’t do it for me.
What is a Tom Brady?
With that said, I liked the Netflix documentary series on the kids trying to make it as American footballers. That was good.
Anyway, I digress. The Superbowl is coming and from what I’ve heard, that’s like their Champion’s League final. However ,the big differences lie in when the game isn’t being played, as in normal football during half time, viewers tend to go off and do what needs to be done in the short time they have; get another round in, visit the loo, get yet another round, etc.
As for the Americans though, they have a concert and a series of adverts that they apparently look forward to. In the past they’ve had the likes of Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney and Madonna perform and this year they have Maroon 5 lined up.
However there’s a wildcard on everyone’s lips, and that’s Spongebob Squarepants. The aquatic sponge is famed for many reasons, such as living in a pineapple under the sea, but everyone remembers his iconic performance of Sweet Victory with the Bikini Bottom orchestra.
Team that with the recent and tragic passing of the show’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg, there’s now a petition to have that song played at halftime instead of the Songs About Jane musicians.
1,184,368 of 1,500,000 people have signed the petition, as the description reads:
“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.“
Regardless of what happens, I still won’t watch it but this is absolutely something that needs to happen, and maybe even a clip that I’d look up on YouTube a few days later.
Everyone’s seen enough of Maroon 5 at this point. I haven’t got anything against them, they’re just absolutely not anyone’s favourite band and (I’ve heard) the Superbowl deserves better.
Images via Nickelodeon, Getty