“Packers fans can feel Braves fans’ pain because it happened to us,” Tappa told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday. “It’s probably even more painful for Braves fans because your season is over now, and we have another 13 games to go.”
Packers fans were apoplectic after a pass to Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate appeared to be intercepted by Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings but was ruled a touchdown. The replacement ref’s last-play call gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory. The NFL, however, later ruled that while the call was legitimate, an interference call should have been made moments earlier, which would have given the Packers the victory.
Tappa said his company sold 3,000 of the “Worst Call Ever” Packers T-shirts to fans in all 50 states, and filled orders as far away as Germany and Afghanistan.
Tappa, his wife Jana, and two others, Joe Opperman and Dennis Gruetzmacher, started Oppermacher.com last year in the small central Wisconsin town of Iola, an hour west of Green Bay. They produce T-shirts for social and church organizations, and sports fans.
Tappa said he and his colleagues were watching the Braves game Friday while packing Packers shirts when they saw the chaos unfold at Turner Field. They quickly realized it was another opportunity to design another “Worst Call Ever” shirt and “try to capitalize on that, to be honest.” Tappa said.
Oppermacher sold the “Worst Call Ever” Packers T-shirt for $12.07, which Tappa said should have been the final score in Green Bay’s favor in the Seattle game. The Braves T-shirt, however, is priced at $20.12, to reflect the year the Division Series hopes were dashed.
Tappa said his company couldn’t sell the Braves shirt for $6.30 to reflect the Cardinals-Braves score because the company would lose money. He also said the Packers’ shirt price will be increased soon.