ON JUNE 1, VIDEO GAME company 2K Sports revealed the cover for its upcoming NBA 2K18. The subject? Kyrie Irving. One problem: He's in a Cavaliers jersey, and his trade to the Celtics will likely be finalized by the time the game is released on Sept. 19. Cover subjects of video games have looked ill-timed before. Here are five other cringeworthy examples, and how they rate on the Irving Scale of Awkwardness (from 1 to 5).
RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR • ATHLETE: RORY MCILROY
The world's No. 1 player and the reigning British Open champ graced the cover of a game released two days before the start of the 2015 British. But McIlroy withdrew from the tournament with an ankle injury, lost his top ranking by September and hasn't won a major since. 
MLB 12: THE SHOW • ATHLETE: ADRIÁN GONZÁLEZ, RED SOX
Sony named González, coming off an All-Star and Gold Glove season in Boston, to be the cover boy. But when the Red Sox tanked in 2012, González was a goner, traded to the Dodgers in August. 
MADDEN 09 • ATHLETE: BRETT FAVRE, PACKERS
The Packers' legend was given something of a lifetime achievement honor by being selected for the cover in a Green Bay jersey before the 2008 season. But Favre elected to come out of retirement in August and play for the Jets, and by '09 he was a Viking. 
NBA LIVE 08 • ATHLETE: GILBERT ARENAS, WIZARDS
Washington's guard was already suffering from a meniscus injury when he was picked to be the featured star. He played just 13 games in 2007--08 and only two in the season after that. 
NHL 2005 • ATHLETE: MARKUS NASLUND, CANUCKS
After a fine 2003--04, Naslund was primed to justify his cover selection for '04--05 ... if only there had been an '04--05 season. A lockout canceled the entire season, making the video game the best way fans could experience the NHL that year. 
THEY SAID IT
Obituary for Jeffrey Riegel
Loyal Eagles fan from Port Republic, N.J., who died Aug. 18 at age 56, relaying his final wishes.
"[JEFFREY] REQUESTED TO HAVE EIGHT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AS PALLBEARERS, SO THE EAGLES CAN LET HIM DOWN ONE LAST TIME."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
The Jets on Monday signed a safety with a hell of a name: