Sunday I decide I need to take care of this and stop stalling. I order the part from MCM and held my breath. It came on Tuesday. I opened up the AVC and took out the old part. It does have a brown discoloration on the underside but it looks more like a stain than a burn. Anyway, I replace the part (that is tremendously easy, btw) and plugged it back into the TV. Back alive it came. Tremendous joy filled me, as if it hadn't turned on I was stuck.
One other note, there is another ebay auction for the AVC:
I'm guessing it doesn't work and the guy can't test it, but if someone is stuck and the board replacement didn't work, it might be worth getting this one (as discounted as possible) and trying the board in it.
Anyway, great thread, you saved me from having to junk my not quite working TV for a fraction of the cost of a new TV. Thank you.