After Maroon 5 played a couple of throwback hits, the halftime show cut to a clip from the animated series’ famous “Band Geek” episode to introduce Travis Scott. The clip is from when Squidward assembles an all-star band for Bikini Bottom’s “Bubble Bowl” (aka its Super Bowl).
— ESPN (@espn) February 4, 2019
“SpongeBob” fans have really petitioned for the clip to appear during the championship since the show’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg, died in November. When it did, people had lots of thoughts about it ― and how it compared to the rest of the entertainment.
That 5 second Spongebob cameo vs the rest of the halftime show. pic.twitter.com/eaXPco9Njx
— Kofie Banks in a secret agent outfit (@KofieYeboah) February 4, 2019
imagine being Adam Levine
and being upstaged by SpongeBob SquarePants
a fictional cartoon sponge
from the 2000s
— Michael Gold (@migold) February 4, 2019
— ryan (@ryanstavy4) February 4, 2019
— ALT 98.7 (@ALT987fm) February 4, 2019
Some people were upset the tribute wasn’t longer:
— ProfDrew (@Orangetheorange) February 4, 2019
Should’ve had sweet victory played
— ℤ𝕒𝕔𝕜 ℝ𝕪𝕒𝕟 (@_ZACKRYAN) February 4, 2019
You deserved more. Never settle for something ever again. 2001 bubble bowl was 10x better than what happened today
— Selena Benedetto (@selenabenedetto) February 4, 2019
You weren’t included!!! It was a rip off and a disappointment to all fans!!
— Nicholas Halford (@Bubba_42993) February 4, 2019
RT if you wish the second half was more Spongebob pic.twitter.com/nDsYrWWZri
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) February 4, 2019
But the people behind the “SpongeBob” Twitter account seemed happy with the screen time.
“So honored and humbled! Thankful for being included and for all our fellow sea creatures,” the account tweeted.
So honored and humbled! Thankful for being included and for all our fellow sea creatures 💛💛 pic.twitter.com/F8lesQvDBz
— SpongeBob (@SpongeBob) February 4, 2019
Check out the full halftime show below:
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.