Appropos of nothing, but during some down time this weekend, I took a look at who supplied the kits to BL teams. The results are a bit surprising. Leading the way with 6 teams are Nike (Hertha, 1.FCK, TSV, HSV, Bochum and Burghausen), Jako (Rostock, Cottbus, Freiburg, Ahlen, Karlsruhe and Braunschweig) and Uhlsport (Hannover, Bielefeld, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Reutlingen and Trier). The U.S.-based Nike would be the first among equals, since 5 of their teams are 1.BL. Who or what is Jako? Up to a couple years ago, I never heard of them. I think Uhlsport is a German company (long known in the US for GK gear, but not much of a presence otherwise) that, prior to this year, had not been a major BL kit supplier (at least not over the last few years). Why their resurgence?