Close, my son, only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Ah, the wise saying that fathers and grandfathers seem to love imparting. They may seem ridiculous, and many of the times they are, however, their truth is still valid nonetheless. In the case of horseshoe pitching, the formal way to refer to the sport that requires players to throw shoes at a pole, the closer you get to the goal, the more likely you are to score. In fact, the player whose shoe lands closest to the pole without anyone else getting a "ringer," or the entire shoe around the pole, scores in each round. But, the fun does not stop there. Those who love the game, or even the sayings about it, can go to eBay to find unique and interesting additions to their collections ranging from used game sets to horseshoe décor and jewelry. Getting "close" may not always get you what you want, but when playing horseshoes it often does just that. Go ahead, embrace the cliché, and let close count.