A quick update to my TV situation.
I sent pictures to Sharp and they are offering me a newer model refurbished unit for what I consider a very reasonable price. So I am going forward with that offer. They do not have any reurbs in stock, so I will wait to see how quickly that gets filled. But in my opinion, Sharp has been very good to work with and very reasonable in their offered solution.
While I wait for an ETA on the refurb, I may check one other avenue that I hadn't though of initially, but most credit card purchases on electronics automatically extend the warranty. So, from my purchase time frame, I would still be under the credit cards extended warranty. Now that I know what Sharp is willing to do for me, I am likely to go through the process with the credit card company and see how that goes and what they are willing to do for me.
So all in all I am pleased with how things have gone and am hoping the final resolution goes smoothly as well.