Well, after all of this I finally got the chance to work on my TV today.
Got it taken apart, labeled in a drawing where all the screws came from, made notes as to the order of dis-assembly, and replaced the burned polarizer.
( Just a note for those still confused, the replacement piece is the same thickness as the burned glass piece, so I totally removed the burned piece and place the new piece where it went. No removing and gluing.. just take out and put in the new one)
Got the TV back together, plugged it in and held my breath.
It worked just great!
I think there's a slight blue hue to the picture, but I could just be seeing it differently because of seeing it through a yellow haze for so long.
I'll ask my wife what she thinks, seeing as she hasn't been home all day and will be a fresh pair of eyes.
I may have to try Bear's suggestion later, I just don't feel like pulling it all apart again right now. If no one else is bothered by it I can live with it for a few.
So what would you recommend as the optimal settings for the Picture, Contrast, Brightness etc?
And a huge thank you to asandova for the pieces!