JERSEY CITY - The last time Russell Wilson was in the New York area for a football game, he was disappointed by the weather.
"It was supposed to be bad weather, it was supposed to snow, and I was looking forward to it," the Seahawks quarterback said of his mid-December trip to play the Giants at MetLife Stadium. "Sure enough, it was perfect, like 55 degrees and sunny."
Now that he's returned for the first cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl, Wilson is hoping his meteorological luck changes.
"Hopefully it snows," he said. "That would be kind of fun to play Super Bowl XLVIII in the snow."
The Seahawks will at least have a chance to practice near some of the white stuff. On Monday they'll make their first trip to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, home of the Giants and their base of football operations for the next week. The outdoor practice fields at the facility still are covered with snow from the storms of the past week, but coach Pete Carroll said he'd like to practice outside at least once.
"It would be great to get outdoors if we can," Wilson said. "If not, we'll find a way to still wet the footballs and get prepared that way."
New York may never sleep, but the Seahawks are planning to. And Carroll already has had "the talk" with his team.
"There is a lot of stuff traveling here that we have to be aware of," Carroll said of having his team hunkered down just a few miles from Manhattan.
Wilson said the players are looking forward to exploring the Big Apple and are glad that the Seahawks came in a week early.
"It's a great city," he said. "The energy in the city is unbelievable. It's going to be a lot of fun. At the same time we came here to do everything we can to win this football game and put our best foot forward. That doesn't mean no fun at all, though.
"We'll have some days to get that out of the way and get all the distractions out of the way," Wilson said.
Wilson said he spent about 31/2 hours of the 4-hour, 30-minute flight from Seattle to Newark studying video of the Broncos . . . Carroll noted the potency of the Broncos' offense but isn't shying away from it with his top-ranked defense. "They have to play us, too," he said . . . Carroll compared his initial impressions of Super Bowl week to some of the major bowl games in which he coached for Southern Cal. He seemed most taken aback, though, by the flock of cameramen who were on hand to simply record the team walking off its charter flight. Said Carroll, "That's pretty darn impressive."