Considering his love of Duke, this is probably a bit ironic, but the guys at the Duke Basketball Report have done humanity a great service. They have posted tips on how to watch a college basketball game on ESPN with sound, but without Dick Vitale. The catch is that you have to have to have a surround-sound system and be watching a broadcast that has the sound in 5.1 surround sound. As they mention, that might require HD.
If there were ever a good argument to give the wife for why you just have to have HD and surround sound in the family room, this is it!