I'm definitely not the first to state that I believe that Bill Simmons has gone way down hill. Hell, there is a whole site of people doing basically that. And it's hard to put an exact reason on why.. other than the fact that he's used the same basic jokes for 4 years straight.
It's at the point now where someone can do a spot on impression like Straight Bangin did earlier this month:
Actually, yes. Here's an idea: why not send Simmons out to cover signing day next month so we can get inanity like, "My favorite signing is Orlando (FL) Edgewater WR Greg Mathews going to Michigan. Here's a kid who could have stayed at home and gone to a school like Miami, where he would have been like the Tubbs to Kyle Wright's Crockett, but instead he's going to a place where the best he can do is be like a less-funny Axel Foley. And you know he's gonna be cold. In fact, I can't wait until the second weekend in November when Mathews is standing on the sidelines, breaking in the new 'I Didn't Realize It Was This Cold' Greg Mathews face. I think we're all excited about this. One day, when I'm running ESPN 8, we'll have entire programming blocks dedicated to the greatest faces in the history of bad college choices. I love college signing day; you can't make this stuff up."
If you want to realize how far Simmons has fallen, try to remember the last time you sent someone a link to one of Simmon's articles, and not in a "hey this guy's has lost it" fashion. I used to send my dad a link to his articles every few months when he hit something about sports or television dead on. It's been at least a year since I've done that. The only reason I check the site on a regular basis anymore is to see the Intern's links. Whatever, it happens. Dave Matthews went the same boring route. I'm pretty sure he released an album last year and I can't name one song off of it. Which isn't surprising since I felt no need to buy the album.