AS OF YESTERDAY, Terrell Owens wanted to return to the NFL, or become a professional bowler. But check back tomorrow, the week's still young.

Owens, who played for the Eagles for 2 years, but has been out of the league for 3, told Blindside.com that he recently worked out with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and that he would like to sign with the Patriots.

"I think that's a no-brainer. You look at what they've done over the years. Under the tutelage of Tom and coach [Bill] Belichick, I think the sky would be the limit in terms of what I'd be able to do."

If the Patriots don't call, however, the 39-year-old Owens apparently has a backup plan.

Last week, he participated in his first professional competition at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Reno, Nev.

Owens had games of 185, 129 and 161 for a 475 series.

"The first game went pretty well," Owens told Bowl.com. "I'm still new to this, so when I saw some of the guys switching balls, I felt I should switch, too. I probably should have stayed with the same ball. I ended up going back to the first ball I used and made some other minor adjustments with my feet and eyes."

Owens, an avid bowler, is the owner of the Dallas Strikers who compete in the Professional Bowlers Association.

Maybe he can find a spot for Andrew Bynum.

Backing Tebow

For Tim Tebow, it was nice while it lasted.

The White House has removed a petition on its "We the People" page that asked President Obama to tell Jaguars general manager David Caldwell to sign Tebow.

According to the site, the petition was "in violation of our Terms of Participation."

But that's OK, because Tebow has someone with more football cred that Obama in his corner.

Former NFL coach Mike Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times should be in the league.

"I really do think there's a place for him," Ditka said. "If not at quarterback, I think he could play tight end. If I was in the league and coaching today, I would take a chance on him at quarterback."