I feel so dense.
Since Beta 2, I have been working with SQL Server 2005. As soon as the darned thing came out, I put it in production. I have lived with it and loved it, warts and all, for over a year.
And only today do I discover that it supports this
Declare @T Table(I Integer)
Previously, actual temporary tables were required. With the explicit hit on tempdb that it took.
What a terrible, terrible shock. I was crushed to find out I did not know everything there was to know. Good thing I do now.